Cranberry Jalapeño Relish

8 servings
20 min

This Cranberry Jalapeño Relish takes a holiday staple and gives it a spicy kick! The jalapeño really comes through and is complemented by the sweet and tart flavor of the cranberries. A coworker of mine used to bring this to our work Holiday party and I fell in love with the unique and spicy flavors. I asked her for the recipe and have modified it a bit to use all fresh ingredients! Fresh cranberries are so beautiful, you would think they would taste lovely too, but they are so tart!

This relish can be served a few ways but I like it best over toasted french bread slices with a smear of cream cheese to tone down the heat.

You could also serve this relish with some cheese and crackers on the side. I served this with a block of creamy cheese from local Briar Rose Creamery call the Maia, but it would also go well with Brie or Manchego.


  • Can make this the night before, it tastes even better after the flavors have had time to combine!
  • Use canned jalapeños instead of fresh to save time chopping.
Cranberry Jalapeño Relish
Recipe details
  • 8  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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  • 1 pint fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 c sugar + more to taste
  • 2 fresh jalapeos
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 small sweet onion
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • water

Clean cranberries in a colander and pick out any berries that are squishy or damaged.
Add cranberries, 1/2 cup sugar, and water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
Turn down heat to medium-low and simmer the cranberries until the berries start to split, about 8 minutes.
While the berries are cooking, chop the onion, jalapeo, and garlic and put in your food processor.
Add cumin and cilantro to the food processor.
Once berries are split, drain out some of the juice if there is a lot of liquid. Add cranberries and the additional 1/4 cup sugar to the food processor.
Blend until ingredients are well combined, add more sugar if relish is too tart, and blend again until you reach desired sweetness level.
Emily @ Don't Feta 'Bout It
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  • Cheryl Harrison Cheryl Harrison on Nov 09, 2020

    How much is "+ c sugar"? What number is the "+" supposed to be?

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    • Tara Austin Tara Austin on Aug 24, 2022

      3/4 cup plus a pinch according to taste

  • Barbara Barbara on Dec 11, 2022

    A bit late to the party, but just found this recipe and even before making it I am addicted! 😁 Just wondering though, how long does it keep in the refrigerator?

    • Chey Ann Glass Chey Ann Glass on Dec 30, 2023

      wish someone would answer this question.... i'm wondering also, sounds delicious...