Hot Datil Pepper Jelly Recipe (St Augustine Style)

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Hot datil pepper jelly recipe.

This datil pepper jelly recipe is made from the fiery datil pepper. If you love spicy foods then you will love datil pepper jelly. This isn’t the hottest pepper out there but they definitely bring some heat.

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Datil Pepper History

Datils are one of the most popular locally grown peppers of St Augustine, in St Johns County, Florida. St Augustinians take their hot peppers very seriously and you can often find an abundance of delicious datil pepper sauces and other products like hot sauce, and Minorcan datil pepper products at the local farmer’s market and festivals in the area. There is even a datil pepper festival that usually occurs in October. 

As mentioned, the datil peppers are grown in St Augustine and rarely found growing anywhere outside of the area. Naturally, we decided to grow them ourselves in our home garden here in St Johns County. Datil peppers are small peppers, orangeish-yellow in color, and have a similar heat level to habanero peppers with around 100,000 to 300,000 Scoville heat units. Along with being hot, datils have a unique flavor because they are also sweet. The sweet heat combinations make datil peppers perfect for making the best jelly. Keep in mind, that this is more of a hot pepper jelly recipe and not a sweet fruity recipe. 

datil pepper plant growing in st johns country Florida

What You Need to Make Datil Pepper Jelly

To make this datil jelly you will only need a few simple ingredients: 

  • 1 cup seeded and chopped fresh datil peppers
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Real Fruit Pectin (here)
  • optional – 1/4 cup sugar or honey

You will also need a pretty jar or jelly jars. We are using 4 oz jelly jars.

Hot Datil Pepper Jelly Recipe (St Augustine Style)

How to Make Datil Pepper Jelly

Before you can even make this spicy jam you will need to sterilize the jelly jars. To do this, place the jars and the lids into a large pot of water and bring them to a rolling boil. Boil the jars in the hot water bath for 20 minutes. Then carefully remove the jars and lids and set them aside to dry. 

sterilize jelly jars in hot water bath

While you boil the jars go ahead and trim the ends off of the datil peppers, cut them, and remove the seeds. Keep the seeds to dry them out and use them for future planting in your garden to grow more datil pepper plants next season. 

chopped datil peppers and seeds

Next, chop the datil peppers into small pieces. 

datil pepper jelly recipe ingredients

​Pour the filtered water into another pot on the stove. 

make homemade jelly with water

Add the chopped fresh peppers into the pot and stir over high heat. Bring to a boil.

datil pepper jelly recipe with fresh peppers

Next, add the pectin to the pot by slowly sprinkling it in to avoid clumping. Keep in mind different types of pectin follow different rules. Sure Jell pectin will require a different measurement than the real fruit pectin that we are using here. Also, depending on the pectin that you use, the amount of sugar you use may also vary. We aren’t using any sugar in this recipe, but if you prefer to balance the heat of the peppers with more sweetness then you can add up to 1/4 cup of sugar at this stage of the recipe. Some jelly recipes call for multiple cups of sugar, but that felt a bit excessive to us. The sweetness level is really a personal preference. 

do I need pectin to make datil pepper jelly

Boil for 1 minute. 

how to make Datil Pepper Jelly Recipe

Jar the Datil Jelly

Remove the jelly mixture from the heat and carefully pour or scoop it into jelly jars. 

pour homemade jelly into jelly jars

Leave a small amount of space at the top of the jar and then securely tighten the lids. You will need to place the jars back into a hot water bath and boil them again for 20 minutes to seal the lids. Unless of course if you are only making a small amount and plan to eat it right away. This datil jam recipe only makes two 4oz jars. Set the jars in a cool dark place to cool. 

datil pepper jelly recipe in jelly jars stacked

Homemade Datil Pepper Jelly Recipe

Once cooled and set this datil pepper jelly is ready to enjoy. It pairs beautifully with cream cheese since the cream cheese adds a nice balance to the fiery flavor of this spicy treat. Spread it on crostini or homemade bread. This hot jelly is a perfect addition to charcuterie boards or cheese plates. It is truly a versatile condiment. You can make a few batches and share them with friends as holiday gifts. 

If you skipped the sugar like we did and feel it needs a touch of sweetness, it’s not too late! When serving your hot datil pepper jelly you can add a little honey, even after its set, and it will give just the right amount of sweetness to balance the heat.

homemade Hot Datil Pepper Jelly Recipe (St Augustine Style)

If you aren’t local to the St Augustine area then you can still find datil pepper products in specialty food stores, and online. 

  • Datil Pepper BBQ Sauces (here)
  • Datil Pepper Sauces from St Augustine (here)
  • Datil Pepper Chili Powder (here)

Make sure to check out our Homemade Datil Hot Sauce Recipe!

Hot Datil Pepper Jelly Recipe (St Augustine Style)
Hot Datil Pepper Jelly Recipe (St Augustine Style)

Hot Datil Pepper Jelly Recipe (St Augustine Style)

Yield: 8 oz
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 41 minutes
Total Time: 56 minutes

This datil pepper jelly recipe is made from the fiery datil pepper. If you love spicy foods then you will love datil pepper jelly.


  • 1 cup seeded and chopped fresh datil peppers
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Real Fruit Pectin
  • optional - 1/4 cup sugar


  1. Boil jelly jars and lids in a hot water bath to sterilize (20 minutes)
  2. Trim datil pepper ends, remove seeds and chop into small pieces.
  3. Pour water into a saucepan, add chopped peppers and pectin.
  4. Stir over medium heat for 1 minute
  5. Remove from heat and pour into jelly jars
  6. Secure with lids, seal in a hot water bath (20 minutes)
  7. Allow datil pepper jelly to cool then enjoy.


This recipe yields 8 oz separated into two 4 oz jelly jars.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 63mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 4gSugar: 31gProtein: 2g

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  1. Amazing, it looks so good but as I am not one for strong food, I will share this with our daughter and DIL to make for them.
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  2. Those peppers are so pretty growing in your garden! I’m not a hot pepper girl, but this looks like an interesting recipe to try!

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