Spicy Cranberry Sauce

Perfect for a Tex-Mex style Thanksgiving celebration, the pepper-jelly in this recipe pairs well with grilled or spicy turkey entrees.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 6


1 1/2
cups water
bag (12 oz) fresh or frozen (thawed) cranberries (3 cups)
Granny Smith apple, peeled, chopped
cup sugar
tablespoon grated orange peel
cup orange juice
cup hot pepper jelly

  • 1 In 2-quart saucepan, stir together water, cranberries, apple, sugar, orange peel and orange juice. Heat to boiling over medium heat; reduce heat.
  • 2 Simmer uncovered 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to burst and mixture is thickened. Stir in pepper jelly. Cool completely. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

Look for red or green pepper jelly, usually made from jalapeños, with the other jellies and jams at the supermarket.

You can make this cranberry sauce 3 days before you plan to serve it; cover tightly and refrigerate.