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How to Spice It Up in the Kitchen With Texas Pepper Jelly

Every now and then, a little spicing things up…in the kitchen can help your palate and soul. Of course, you can use any number of available spices to bring out or boost the flavor of a dish. However, instead of grabbing our spice containers, we thought, let’s come up with some foods we could liven up with some of our Texas Pepper Jelly instead. Since every person’s taste and tolerance for spice is different, and the dish’s composition is unique, always add “spicy” elements in small amounts (like a teaspoon at a time). Remember, you can always add more, but you can’t take the spice out once you add it to your dish. Grab your TPJ cause we’re ready to show you how to use jelly beyond bread.

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We always have to start the day with a good meal, so why not start our how-to-use jelly journey here. By no means are we saying stop putting your Texas Pepper Jelly on toast; on the contrary, we hope you continue to enjoy your jellied toast and a few other breakfast options. 

Oatmeal: Add Texas Pepper Jelly and swirl into hot cereal like oatmeal or Cream of Wheat. Our jellies are sweet enough; you might want to leave out any sweetener.

Yogurt: If you buy plain yogurt and mix in fruit, substitute TPJ. Go ahead; add fruit too!

Pancakes or French Toast: Add Texas Pepper Jelly as a topping to your pancakes. We aren’t against throwing some maple syrup in with it. You could also add the jelly to the pancake recipe to add even more spice to your morning meal.

Donuts: Got a donut maker? Or someone skilled enough to bake donuts at home? Use TPJ for your jelly filling. You can opt to use Texas Pepper Jelly by itself for extra spicy sweetness or combine it with regular jelly to tone down the heat. 


If you’ve been around here long enough, you know about our Craig’s Monte Cristo. Why not incorporate some TPJ with other lunch options and get your afternoon started with a kick.

Salad Dressing: Mix Texas Pepper Jelly with oil and vinegar for a twisted dressing to boost the flavor of any boring salad.

Cottage Cheese: For a unique spin on cottage cheese, stir some TPJ into the bowl.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich: Tired of your plain old pb&j? Switch out your traditional jelly for Texas Pepper Jelly, and you may never go back to your store-bought brand.


How can you go wrong using jelly in your dishes for dinner? Whether it’s candied bacon, added to cornbread or biscuits, or brushed on vegetables, Texas Pepper Jelly can take your ho-hum meals to nose and tongue-tingling deliciousness.

Chicken Wings: Warm up some Texas Pepper Jelly and pour over cooked chicken wings, bake for 5 mins at 350° F for hot and spicy perfection.

Asian Dipping Sauce: Whisk together equal amounts of TPJ, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Excellent for dipping or pouring over foods like spring rolls and wontons.

Grilling Meats: Barbeque sauce isn’t your only option when grilling meats like pork chops. Change things up, and sub (or combine) your sauce with a Texas Pepper Jelly glaze (just warm the jelly for a thinner consistency). Another option is to use TPJ Rib Candy, just sayin’!

Desserts and Other Uses

We’ve shared our Texas Pepper Jelly cookie recipes, ice cream recipes, and game-day snacks, now it’s time to check out other ways to use jelly in your food.

Cheeseboard: Serve cheese and crackers with a side of Texas Pepper Jelly in a small dish. Create an inspiring cheeseball by mixing TPJ into the cream cheese.

Smoothie: Boost your smoothie with TPJ. Mix fresh fruit, jelly, yogurt, and whatever else you enjoy in your smoothies, and turn your drink from “okay” to “wow”! 

Rice Pudding: Liven up your rice pudding with a bit of Texas Pepper Jelly.

Cake Frosting: Add some TPJ to your favorite frosting recipe and put a spark into any cake. You can also add a dollop of TPJ to a cheesecake to liven it up.

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