Habanero Peach Jam

Habanero peach jam isn’t for your morning toast, it’s for the cocktail hour ~ with some fluffy cream cheese and a crisp cracker, it’s positively irresistible. (It’s a well documented phenomenon.)

peach habanero jam with crackers and cheese

habanero peach jam is a sweet hot sensation!

As far as I’m concerned, the world falls into two camps, those who love hot pepper jams and jellies, and those who are still living in the dark ages.  If you’ve never had the pleasure then you’re in for an experience. 

The beauty of these small batch recipes is that they encourage spontaneity. They are so quick and easy you can whip up a small batch any time you get the urge. I had a bag of about 8 peaches from the farmer’s market, and that yielded four 1/2 pint jars. I’m completely hooked.

habanero peach jam in small jars

habanero peach jam is perfect to make when you only have a few peaches

This small batch refrigerator jam is so powerfully flavored that a little goes a long way. One jar will transform a plate of cheese and crackers into a party. You will definitely make converts of any of your friends who haven’t tried it before. By the way, this jam makes a great host/hostess gift, too.


what you’ll need

  • peaches
  • habanero pepper
  • sugar
  • lemon
making peach habanero hot pepper jam

Peel your peaches and slice them up, you’ll need equal amounts of fruit and sugar for this recipe. The sweetness helps of offset the heat of the habaneros and makes for that crazy good sweet/hot phenomenon.

chopped peaches

I must have grabbed two different varieties of peaches by mistake because when I peeled and sliced them they were different colors…pretty!

habanero peppers

habanero tips and faqs

How hot are habanero peppers?

A habanero pepper is 100 times hotter than a jalapeño, but 10 times less hot than a ghost pepper. It’s a super hot pepper that’s not overpowering, in my opinion. Just use common sense and caution!

Do I need to wear gloves when working with habaneros?

It’s a good idea, because the very spicy capsaican oils in the peppers can burn sensitive areas of your body like your eyes, nose, and under fingernails. Be sure to wash well after working with the peppers as well, and keep away from kids and pets.

chopped habanero peppers

Is this jam super hot?

It’s hot, I’m not gonna lie, but it’s not crazy hot. So don’t worry too much about the heat; once it’s cooked into the jam its bark is worse than its bite. I find that the sweetness counters the heat a bit.

Making habanero peach jam

cook’s notes habanero peach jam

  • I considered adding a bit of cider vinegar to this batch, but didn’t. I would like to try that next time to see how it affects the flavor. This jam is perfectly sweet/hot, but I would like to try a touch of vinegar to give it a tangy edge as well. I would maybe start with just a few tablespoons, especially with such a small amount of peaches.
  • If you’d like to make extra you can freeze the jam for up to 3 months, just be sure to leave some headspace at the top of your jars to allow for expansion as it freezes.
  • Don’t run out of cream cheese or crackers or you’ll be sorry…
Habanero peach jam on a cracker

I will be making this again for my third time.. just has such wonderful flavor! We use the jam as a glaze for grilled salmon. Thin it down with balsamic vinegar and then glaze the fillet and broil. It’s really tasty! Will be making the nectarine habanero jam next :).

~ Jill
3.52 from 129 votes

Habanero Peach Jam

Habanero Peach Jam ~  This epic hot pepper jam isn't for your morning toast, it's for the cocktail hour — with some fluffy cream cheese and a crisp cracker,  it's positively irresistible.  (It's a well documented phenomenon.)
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 4 cups
Author Sue Moran


  • 4 half pint jars
  • 21 ounces peeled and pitted peaches
  • 2 habanero peppers seeds and all, finely minced
  • 21 ounces sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon


  • Put your jars through the hot cycle of the dishwasher to clean. You can reuse the glass jars, but always purchase new lids for each new batch of jam. This is to ensure that they seal properly. (They sell extra lids right next to the jars in the grocery store.)
  • Peel and slice your peaches over a bowl, to catch the juices.
  • Weigh the peaches and then weigh out the same amount of sugar.
  • Put the peaches, sugar, habanero peppers and lemon juice in a large heavy bottomed pot. Stir to combine everything and mash the peaches a bit with a large wooden spoon or potato masher.
  • Let sit for an hour.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for approximately 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently. It will foam up for most of the time, and eventually, when the jam is nearly ready, the foam will die down.
  • Check to see if the jam is ready by dropping a small amount on a very cold plate. When it is ready it will jel as it cools on the plate.
  • When you are satisfied with the jelling, ladle the hot jam into clean jars, filling almost to the top. Put the lids on, but don’t screw them too tightly, and immediately set the jars upside down.
  • Let the jars cool, and then turn them right side up and refrigerate.
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    Magnolia Verandah
    May 24, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Oh yes this is definitely on my to do list. We are addicted to Chillies (we grow miles of them) so this is a perfect alternative to my usual chilli Jam/Sauce.

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    Lea Ann
    May 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I don’t want to be living in the dark ages! As soon as we get fresh Colorado peaches, I’ll be making this one.

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    May 23, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    This takes me back to 1966 – when it was all the rage in DC to pour red and green pepper jelly over a block of cream cheese and serve with crackers! I loved it then – love this recipe. I’m going to try it and also pull out my old pepper jelly recipe.

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    May 24, 2012 at 4:38 am

    I’m still in the dark ages, but after reading about and looking, longingly, at this Habanero Peach jam, I’ll need to rectify that immediately. This looks amazing!!

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    May 24, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I definitely have never had the pleasure of tasting habanero-peach jam. It looks so beautiful though. Those peaches and peppers look so fresh!

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    May 24, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Yikes, still in the dark ages! I just recently learned the wonders of hot pepper jelly so I suppose I have big strides to make. I very much trust you on this though, and I’m bookmarking this to make when I have some peaches to use up this summer. I have been loving the posts about jamming, especially the european tips!

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    May 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Oh, you’re so right Sue. This jam would go wonderfully with the quesadillas I just posted. YUM!!!

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    A Trifle Rushed
    May 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    This is one for France, where I can buy gorgeous fresh peaches. I made a lovely Apricot/lavender jam last summer which is just super with yoghurt and creme fraiche I love adding the unexpected to jams and preserves.

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    May 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Oh my goodness – this sounds terrific! I love hot pepper jelly so I know we could get into this. Can you image how good this would be on a ham and cheese panini? Feel free to let us know how that turns out. A little arugula, a melty creamy cheese, can you tell it’s lunch time?

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    Linda A. Thompson Ditch
    May 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    What a great idea! I’ve heard of raspberry-jalapeno jam before, but I think I’d like this one better. I can’t wait to try this European method. Thanks for passing it along.

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      Sue/the view from great island
      May 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Raspberry jalapeno sounds great, I’ll have to try that. I am definitely planning more hot pepper/fruit combinations, so that goes on the list.

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