Sweet and Spicy Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce

Sweet and Spicy Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce puts a fun spin on whole berry cranberry sauce adding sweet heat.
Sweet and Spicy Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce

Sweet and Spicy Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce

by Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime


You might expect this cranberry sauce to be quite fiery, and it does have some bite, but it has a great sweetness as well which makes it a perfect foil for roasted meats such as turkey, chicken, and pork. It is not quite as spicy as a cranberry salsa and is quite easy to make, taking just a few minutes more than simple cranberry sauce from scratch.

Made ahead, it keeps several days, and you can also freeze it so you can get a head start on your Thanksgiving cooking of you need. As busy as everyone gets in the kitchen the days before the big day, that can be a great help.

Sweet and Spicy Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Sweet and Spicy Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 fresh red jalapeno or Red Fresno pepper, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider or water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


  1. Saute jalapeno and bell peppers in butter until soft.
  2. Stir in sugar, cider, chipotle pepper and cranberries.
  3. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes or until berries pop.
  4. Stir in lime juice and scallion.
  5. Chill several hours before serving for best results.

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Sweet and Spicy Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce

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3 responses

  1. I love cranberry sauce but have never made it myself before. I love that you added jalapenos – I definitely need to try out the recipe. I have a feeling I will be making lots of this sauce for the upcoming Christmas season!

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