Spicy Cranberry Chutney

A spicy spin on the classic cranberry sauce. This homemade spicy cranberry chutney with jalapeno peppers and bell peppers is a great addition to your Thanksgiving table. This chutney tastes great served either hot or cold. Vinegar, aromatics, spices and cranberries are slow-cooked into a  jammy relish with kick. One bite and you’ll never  buy the canned stuff again.

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Spicy Cranberry Chutney

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  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 jalapeño chiles, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 12 ounces (3 cups) fresh or frozen cranberries


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat oil until just shimmering. Add shallot, pepper, jalapeño, and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until shallot has softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add water, vinegar, and sugar. Increase heat to high and bring to simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add 1½ cups cranberries; return to simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries have almost completely broken down and mixture has thickened, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add remaining 1½ cups cranberries; continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until just beginning to burst, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to serving bowl and cool for at least 1 hour before serving.
Yields: about 3 cups
Source: Cook’s Illustrated, November 2011
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8 Responses to Spicy Cranberry Chutney

  1. whoaa this sounds really delicious! I can see how it would be really good. Although, my fiance (who comes over to our feast), is all about tradition! So I don’t know if I should make it haha. 😛 But my family is all about spicy! Hmmm what to do? Maybe make both.

    And have a blessed Thanksgiving Christina!!! ❤

  2. That’s a pretty little dish of cranberry sauce and I love that it has some new flavors. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

  3. I love that combo and am thinking of how great it would be on Thanksgiving. Have a happy one.

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    You’ve addressed the one thing missing from my holiday table: a dish with a little heat. This sounds very good and well worth trying.

  5. rumpydog says:

    I love cranberries! And among the many reasons to be thankful this time of year are the wonderful recipes I have found using this wonderful berry. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  6. cranberries, fixed any way can ONLY be delicious! i love, them.. add some kick and you have a slice of heaven. must try this!

  7. Sounds delicious ! I am gonna try this one. But unfortunately we donot get fresh or canned cranberries in India. I think i’ll try with the dried cranberries. Hope it works!

  8. Kelly says:

    What a gorgeous cranberry dish, this is perfect for the holidays!! If you haven’t already, feel free to stop by my blog and check out the $50 Williams-Sonoma gift card giveaway going on right now! xoxo

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