Red Chile Strawberry Jam

A quick and easy chile strawberry jam with red chile flakes and no pectin |


If you love sweet and spicy then you’re going to love this Red Chile Strawberry Jam! With every bite you get the luscious sweetness of strawberries soon followed by a burst of spicy chile that continues to tickle the tongue long after the jam has moved on. It’s a great jam for toast, biscuits, crackers and our favorite, a soft double cream brie.  But once you taste it, you’ll probably just grab a spoon and eat it right out of the jar.

This chile strawberry jam recipe is a variation of my Quick & Easy Strawberry Jam that I posted as my first post over 4 years ago.  It’s easy to make, has only 4 ingredients and no pectin.  You can use any type of red chile flakes – New Mexico red chile, Aleppo, Urfa Biber, Maras Biber, or even chipotle flakes, just to name a few.  However, the flavor and the heat of the flakes determines how much to add to the recipe.  Be sure to check out the Kitchen Notes for more information on red chile flakes and the process.

For more information on how to make single jars of quick & easy jams without pectin, be sure to check out the Kitchen Notes in a previous post for Quick & Easy Strawberry Jam.


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A quick and easy chile strawberry jam with red chile flakes and no pectin |

Kitchen Notes

Make your own chile flakes – To make your own chile flakes, cut the stem off 2 chile pods.  Shake out all of the seeds.  Using scissors, cut the pods into pieces and transfer to a spice grinder.  (My spice grinder is an old coffee grinder.)  Pulse a few times to create flakes.  Check for seeds and remove as many as you can or want.

Do not use chile powder – Powder will make this chile strawberry jam murky and even gritty if the powder isn’t fine enough.  After making a couple of batches with powder, I abandoned it and went with chile flakes which work great.

The heat of the chile – The NM red chile that I use is a hot red, so it’s as hot as a jalapeno.  It provides a very spicy finish, but not a burn.  If you want a burn then increase the amount of chile flakes by a teaspoon or two or use a hotter chile like a chile de arbol.  However, be careful…too much heat can overpowered the goodness of this jam…IMO.  If I were to use chile de arbol, I would probably just use 1 teaspoon of flakes at the most.  This is also true for chipotle flakes.  Not only could the heat overpower the flavor of the jam, but so could the smokiness of the chipotle.

Important Note about the amount of chile –  As the jam cooks down, the chile flavor and heat becomes more and more concentrated.  So by starting off with a good spicy heat, but not TOO hot, the final heat should be just right.  If you want more of the chile flavor and less heat, then use a less spicy chile flake.

Pectin in Strawberries – Strawberries are relatively low in pectin, but like most fruits the pectin content is higher when the berries are less ripe.  As fruit ripens,  the amount of natural pectin decrease.  Therefore, under ripe fruit and lemon juice, provide just enough pectin to give this small batch jam a nice texture.

If the jam comes out too soft – Let’s say you pull the jam out of the refrigerator the next day and it’s softer than you like.  Do not fear.  It’s easy to save a jam that is too soft.  Just pour the whole jar of jam in a skillet, heat on high, stirring constantly.  Bring to a boil and boil for 1 – 2 minutes.  Remove from the heat and pour back into the jar and let cool.  This high heat in a wide skillet helps to quickly evaporate some of the liquid, helping the jam to thicken.

The crackers – These round Ritz-like crackers that you see in the pictures have become one of my favorite crackers.  They are Back to Nature Classic Round Crackers, a healthier crackers with no artificial preservatives and no hydrogenated oils.  And no, I was not asked to review these crackers.  I just like them.

If you like your jams sweet and spicy like this Red Chile Strawberry Jam, then you might also enjoy my Raspberry Mole Jam. or my decadent Tomato Red Chile Jam.  If you don’t want the heat and only want the sweet, then give one of the following jams a try.  All of these jams can be made in last then 30 minutes, makes 1 jar, and uses no pectin.

Strawberry Jam

Mixed Berry Jam

Apricot Jam

Cherry Jam


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66 Responses to “Red Chile Strawberry Jam”

  1. Dedy@Dentist Chef June 13, 2015 at 10:11 am #

    my Indonesian licking will be liking this for sure…..
    Chile on jams sounds delicious!!!

    • mj June 14, 2015 at 8:41 am #

      Thanks Dedy!

  2. Amy Tong May 1, 2015 at 1:05 am #

    I was going to make some strawberry jam last week as the strawberries are in season now! I love that yours is with a nice kick. 😉

    • mj May 1, 2015 at 10:13 am #

      Thanks Amy! A kick it does have! 🙂

  3. Easyfoodsmith April 22, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    Love at first sight! And the thought of chili with those strawberries excites me! I love the combination of chilies with anything sweet. Great post.

    • mj April 22, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

      Thanks so much Taruna! Chilies and strawberries are a very, very tasty combo. 🙂

  4. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen April 20, 2015 at 1:06 pm #

    I never thought of combining Chile and strawberry. This must taste really good.

    • mj April 20, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

      It does taste SO good Peachy! Thanks!

  5. Carol at Wild Goose Mama April 16, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    I am taken with this jam. What a snappy way to make a quick appetizer that will get
    swiped off the plate. Plus I like to glaze meat with a fruit jam—like pork chops or chicken. This would be PERFECT. What a fab idea.

    I don’t normally talk about ME, but please take note of the slight name change from Wild Goose Tea. New web design—whoopee and adding some new features along the way.

    • mj April 17, 2015 at 8:43 pm #

      This jam would be great as a meat glaze. In fact, I’ve used it with pork and it’s great! I love your new look Carol and your name change. Can’t wait to see your new features.

  6. Renee @ Tortillas and Honey April 16, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    This looks absolutely delicious! It kind of reminds me of a certain raspberry farm here! I love that this is an easy and spicy jam… I must give this a try!

    • mj April 17, 2015 at 8:41 pm #

      I think I know of which farm you are referring to. 🙂 I love their raspberry chile. Thanks!

  7. Joanne April 14, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

    Sweet and spicy jams are my favorite kinds!! This sounds absolutely delicious.

    • mj April 14, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

      Thanks Joanne!

  8. Laura @ Family Spice April 14, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

    I am an avid jam consumer, but I really love the idea of adding some heat to a fruit jam. This sounds fabulous. And I have some strawberries beaconing me from the fridge right now!

    • mj April 14, 2015 at 4:48 pm #

      Thanks so much Laura! I hope you get to try this jam. It’s pretty awesome. 🙂

  9. Hotly Spiced April 13, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

    I do love strawberry jam but I’ve never tried it with chile. That would give the jam a great kick. Your jam is a very beautiful colour xx

    • mj April 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm #

      Thanks so much Charlie!

  10. Nami | Just One Cookbook April 13, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    I can imagine the taste of brie and spicy strawberry jam on top!!! That sounds very good! Ever since I started to enjoy more spice, I really like the spicy & sweet combination. In fact (probably due to age), I am less interested in just sweet stuff (what happened!?). This jam just hit my curiosity spot. Got to try it. And thanks for the cracker recommendation. I have seen that box before too, but it’s firs time someone recommended so I will try it!

    • mj April 14, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

      Thanks so much Nami! It thrills me to see that you are getting use to spicy and actually enjoying it!! I do hope you’ll give this jam a try and do try those crackers. We love them!

  11. ChopinandMysaucepan April 13, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    Dear MJ,

    I don’t have a sweet tooth but I love spicy foods so I would up the chilli ante for this recipe.

    • mj April 14, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

      Oh my … you don’t have a sweettooth! Sometimes I wish I didn’t. 🙂 If you like it up, you can always up the chile. 🙂

  12. The Duo Dishes April 13, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

    Love the suggestion of making your own chili flakes. Never even thought about that! Sounds like a delicious jam.

    • mj April 14, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

      Thanks so much! Making your own flakes is a great way to use up dried chile pods and also to have nice fresh flakes just when you need them.

  13. Raymund April 13, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    Strawberries with chillies this sound really interesting. Will try to do this as I have some frozen strawberries from summer

    • mj April 14, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

      Thanks Raymund! Making jam with frozen fruit can be tricky. I find I do have to cook it down longer to get the consistency that I like. Let me know if you try it and how it works out for you.

  14. Nads April 10, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

    This is so funny. I bought 4 lbs of strawberries the other day and cut them up today to make jam. I got on your site to get your recipe again and Voila!!! Amazing as usual.

    • mj April 10, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

      That is funny! Well, you know that we ride the same wave darlin! 🙂 Wish Brynn could eat chile. All of you would love this!

  15. Amy (Savory Moments) April 10, 2015 at 4:30 am #

    I love the sweet & spicy combination in this jam – it sounds super tasty and flavorful! Plus, strawberry jam is my favorite!

    • mj April 10, 2015 at 8:07 pm #

      Thanks Amy!

  16. Debra April 10, 2015 at 3:46 am #

    Many moons ago, I bought some raspberry-chile jam at the Santa Fe FM that I have replicated at home but I never thought to do the same with strawberries. My strawberries are blooming so maybe I can do this soon.

    • mj April 10, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

      Was the Raspberry chile jam from Heidi’s Farms? She makes a great one! You could definitely make this recipe with either strawberries or raspberries or both.

  17. Linda @ Roti n Rice April 9, 2015 at 11:04 pm #

    You bet I love sweet and spicy. I was just thinking of how nice it would be to have some sweet and spicy jelly to go with my pepper jack grilled cheese sandwich. I think I need to make this jam soon. 😉

    • mj April 10, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

      thanks Linda! Oh this jam would go with that delicious grilled cheese of yours!

  18. Abbe @ This is How I Cook April 9, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

    Love this jam and I love that tip about recooking the jam if it is too soft. I have done that and had thought of it, but was afraid to try. Now any tips on if it is overcooked? I am not the best at jam, but I try and this sounds fabulous!

    • mj April 10, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

      Thanks so much Abbe! Glad I could help with the tip on soft jam. As far as overcooked jams and preserves, I use those in sauces and breads. There is a quick bread and a yeast bread on my website for which I used overcooked jams. Check out my bread recipe index for an orange marmalade bread and a fruit and nut yeast bread.

  19. Bam's Kitchen April 9, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

    Oh my goodness! This recipe sounds killer good with the sweet from the strawberries with the bang from the chili. Brilliant! Sharing everywhere, of course!

    • mj April 9, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

      You’re sharing everywhere is greatly appreciated my dear!! Thanks so much!

      • Bam's Kitchen April 10, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

        Just a quick update. I shared it on pinterest and it is getting shared like wild fire… How awesome is that?!

        • mj April 12, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

          THANKS my dear friend! 🙂

  20. Ramona April 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

    Sweet and Spicy… sounds amazing!! I could eat a whole sleeve of crackers with this jam. 🙂

    • mj April 9, 2015 at 8:35 pm #

      I could too. 🙂 Thanks Ramona!

  21. minnie@thelady8home April 9, 2015 at 10:17 am #

    Fantastic!! I can imagine the spices…..lovely lovely lovely!

    • mj April 9, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

      Thanks Minnie!!

  22. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles April 9, 2015 at 9:10 am #

    Love it MJ. I’ve had spicy red pepper jelly on many occasions (I tend to buy it around the Christmas holidays) and find the combination of sweet and spicy irresistible. But I’ve not tried it in jam before…does the lemon lend a sour note (does it come through in the overall taste?) sounds delish. Yes, with a chunk of soft cheese – my fave!!

    • mj April 9, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

      Thanks so much Kelly! Red pepper jelly is a classic and we love it with grilled lamb, but I have to admit that we prefer jam over jelly, plus it’s easier to make one jar at a time. 🙂 You can’t even taste the lemon. It’s purpose is really just to add some pectin so the jam will gel and a bit of acid to balance the sweetness.

  23. Judy @Savoring Today April 9, 2015 at 7:06 am #

    I DO love sweet and spicy and I’m thinking this would be delicious spread over brie and baked all warm and gooey. Um, guess I know what we’re putting on the menu for summer entertaining!

    • mj April 9, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

      This jam and warm, gooey brie – awesome! 🙂 Thanks Judy!

  24. Angie@Angie's Recipes April 9, 2015 at 1:31 am #

    Sweet and spicy..definitely my flavour.I totally love this jam, MJ.

    • mj April 9, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

      Thanks so much Angie!

  25. Viviane Bauquet Farre April 8, 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    This looks so, so good MJ. The idea of pairing it with brie has my mouth watering 🙂

    • mj April 9, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

      Thanks Viviane! The warm brie combo is awesome!

  26. wok with ray April 8, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    I love sweet and spicy sauces and yours looks delicious. I’ve never had jam that is spicy and it is a great idea. Many Asian sauces are sweet and spicy or sweet, sour, and spicy. Now you are inspiring me with this beautiful strawberry jam. Thank you! I hope you are having a great week, MJ. 🙂

    • mj April 9, 2015 at 8:17 pm #

      Thanks so much Ray! I have some of those sweet and spicy Asian sauces and absolutely love them. To me, sweet and spicy is one of the best combos! Have a marvelous weekend my friend!

  27. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 8, 2015 at 2:05 am #

    It’s sort of like Asian sweet chili sauce but strawberry – and better. I love this idea!

    • mj April 8, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      That’s a great comparison. Thanks Maureen!

  28. John@Kitchen Riffs April 7, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    This looks good! I love spicy, as you know. And we’ve been having a lot of toast lately (for breakfast), so more jam is always needed. 🙂 Love the ramekins! We had some like that, and once I put one in the microwave without thinking. Sparks flew! That gold rim, you know. 😉 Last time I’ll make that mistake!

    • mj April 7, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

      Thanks so much John! Oh, I’ve done that with these dishes as well. Now there are little black spots where the sparks flew. 🙂 Having taught electronics for many years I should have known better. 🙂

  29. Sissi April 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    Dear MJ, it never ceases to amaze me how often, in spite of our different food backgrounds, we think alike… If you look for a strawberry product in my pantry, the only one homemade stuff you will find is hot strawberry sauce 😉 Aji panca is my favourite chile for this, but most of all I love the strawberries mixed with fiery flavours. So addictive!
    Your jam looks obviously utterly appealing to me and I’ll certainly try your recipe this summer. These crackers snacks make me think your jam canapés would make a sensational party snacks!

    • mj April 7, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

      You’re too funny, but what you say is true!! Hot strawberry sauce sounds awesome! I almost use the aji panca in this jam but am saving it for another purpose at the moment. You’ll see soon. 🙂 The jam canapes would definitely be party sensation. Heating the brie in the oven or microwave makes this little snack even more delicious. Thanks for your comments as always Sissi.

  30. The Wimpy Vegetarian April 7, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

    This looks like a wonderful jam, MJ! Strawberry jam is my favorite of all, and would love to try this with some kick.I actually have some New Mexico red and Aleppo so I’m ready to try this. Maybe this week!

    • mj April 7, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

      Thanks so much Susan! Always good to hear that people have NM red in their pantry. 🙂


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