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How My Groceries Inspired this Tantalizing Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam


Shopping Late at Night

Last night on my way home around 1 am, I passed a Food 4 Less, a huge discount supermarket.  It’s not my ordinary place to shop, but I figured it was an ideal time to check it out.

I love how many supermarkets in Los Angeles stay open 24/7 so shoppers can stop in whenever they want.  I often go late at night to beat the crowds and enjoy the easier parking situation.  After midnight workers restock shelves while shoppers roam leisurely around the store looking for goods.  Perhaps not all customers take their sweet time choosing their purchases.  But last night it seemed I had loads of time to walk down all the aisles and see what Food 4 Less had to offer.


Food from Around the World

The variety of food in Los Angeles from around the world is amazing. Several types of peppers typical of Latin America and Asia sit plentifully in bins waiting for takers.  I immediately grabbed up a couple bags of dried peppers for my new kitchen.  Dried peppers stay good a long time and are so versatile when cooking.

I often grind up the peppers into a powder that I can sprinkle on top of whatever I may be cooking on the stove.  I enjoy creating my own special blend by mixing the ground peppers with other spices.  Or using peppers to create condiments, such as harissa, salsas, jams or chutneys to enhance a dish or give it that extra wow factor.

After putting the bags of dried peppers in my cart, I saw large bins overflowing with tomatillos, little sour green husk tomatoes used in many Latin American sauces.  Tomatillos come in lots of colors, yet last night only the green variety was on display.  I had never cooked with tomatillos but when I saw that two pounds cost only one dollar, my creative juices started flowing.

While excited about the unknown possibilities with my tomatillos I noticed that jalapeño peppers were also on sale for 79 cents a pound.  Now my possibilities expanded significantly.  I could mix the fresh jalapeños with some dried peppers, mix the jalapeños with the tomatillos, or even prepare the jalapeños on their own without my other two other soon-to-be purchases.  The idea of blending the tomatillos with jalapeños kept simmering in my mind.

Then I saw that limes were only one dollar per pound.  Oh my goodness!  In Belgium, I sometimes paid close to that amount for a single lime.  I immediately decided to buy a couple pounds.


Eyes Bigger than my Stomach

Still in the produce section, I already had two pounds of tomatillos, two pounds of jalapeños, two pounds of limes, two large bags of dried peppers, along with some stray onions, green bell peppers and sweet potatoes in my cart.  Initially I entered the store merely to take a look, not to buy anything since my cupboards and refrigerator at home were already filled.

I had far too much food in my cart for a newly single person living without kids.  I am so used to buying larger quantities so I could cook up generous portions for my kids and their friends always stopping in for meals.  Being on my own now, I need to change my shopping and cooking habits.

I was inclined to prepare some kind of condiment with these abundant dried and fresh veggies so that I could stretch them out much farther.  Perhaps I could even share jars of my creation-to-be as gifts for the holidays.

Looking on the internet for ideas I noticed that many recipes called for pectin in jams using tomatillos or jalapeños.  Pectin was amazingly the single item that this megastore did not have on stock.  To keep my creative juices flowing I bought a large canister of California raisins to throw in the pot to give off pectin.  Many fruits, such as raisins, apples, and apricots. naturally contain pectin and can easily be added to help naturally solidify this kind of creation.


Inspiration becomes Creation


Tomatillo Jalapeno Jam - whole tomatillos
Whole Tomatillos without husks


Tomatillo Jalapeno Jam - sliced jalapenos
Sliced Jalapenos


How to make Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam

When I returned home after 2 pm, I glanced at some recipes on Pinterest.  Some used vinegar, while others used juice from citrus fruit, as the main liquid in the recipe. In the end I decided to use lime juice since I already had a large bag of limes in my kitchen.  The Tomatillo Jam recipe created by Anni at Homestead and Gardens in particular inspired me in creating this recipe.

I had a fun time making this Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam.  I hope you will too.  The blend of spicy, sweet, and sour flavors, without any one of them overpowering the others, makes this jam ideal for enhancing a simple pleasure into something much more.


Tomatillo Jalapeno Jam platter
Jars of Tomatillo Jalapeno Jam


To learn more about making jam, read The Kitchn’s guide How to Make Fruit Jam.  It might help you create your own mixture of fruit jam.


How to use Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam

Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam is yummy on top of a soft mild cheese on a cracker or bread.  Try to avoid something with a strong taste as it will compete with the subtle spicy flavor of the jam.

Tonight I put some Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam along with a little cheddar and jack cheese on a bagel and broiled it a few minutes in the oven.  The Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam added such a special touch to this otherwise ordinary quick meal.  Another time a friend enjoyed some Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam on top of cream cheese spread lightly on toast.

I would love to hear from you how you used this tantalizing Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam.  Please use the social media links to share this recipe with your friends.

Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam
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This tantalizing Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam is so easy to prepare, yet it will subtly enhance the flavors in your favorite dishes.
Chef:Belgian Foodie
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4jars 15minutes 40minutes
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4jars 15minutes
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  1. Remove the husks from the tomatillos. Wash the tomatillos and slice them in half. Tomatillo Jalapeno Jam - tomatillos chopped
  2. Wash, deseed and dice the jalapeños. You might want to wear gloves when deseeding the jalapeños to avoid irritation if you rub your eyes with your hands afterwards. Be careful to wash your hands well after handling the jalapeños.Tomatillo Jalapeno Jam - jalapenos chopped
  3. Squeeze the limes and put the juice aside.
  4. Put the tomatillos, jalapeños and lime juice into a stewing pot over a medium heat on the stove. Keep stirring gently about 10 minutes the mix in the pot until the tomatillos break down.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil and then keep simmering about 5 minutes until everything blends together.Tomatillo Jalapeno Jam - fruit b4 blender
  6. Use a hand blender to mix the cooked tomatillos and jalapeños to a smooth consistency. Tomatillo Jalapeno Jam - jam before sugar
  7. Add the raisins and sugar to the smooth mixture in the pot. Put the pot over medium heat until it begins to boil. Let it boil a couple minutes and then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  8. Continue simmering about 10 minutes until you get the right consistency (it should drip thickly from the back of a spoon). Note the time is approximate. Don't overcook or it will become too hard. Remember that it will thicken more when it cools. Tomatillo Jalapeno Jam - jam boiling
  9. Pour the hot jam into hot sterilized jars. Fill them up almost to the top. Seal the jars.
  10. Put the jars into boiling water in a pot over the stove. Continue to boil the jars for about 10 minutes. Remove gently the jars and let cool completely.Tomatillo Jalapeno Jam jars
  11. Enjoy the jam!Tomatillo Jalapeno Jam spoon
Written by:Belgian Foodie

Nutrition Facts
Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam
Amount Per Serving (400g)
Calories 579 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.3g 2%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.4g
Sodium 13mg 1%
Potassium 964mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 145g 48%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 136g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 71%
Calcium 5%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

10 thoughts on “Tantalizing Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam

  1. This looks absolutely delicious! I love how simple you made this recipe to duplicate (because I”m not the most experienced of cooks 😉 And you’re right, Food4Less has all the deals!

    1. Thanks, Stacy! I’m not the most experienced jam maker either and this was easy. So simple that last night I made some Sweet Potato – Jalapeno jam. I’ll share the recipe soon. Let me know if you try it.

  2. Your Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam is absolutely delicious! I enjoy it in the morning as breakfast jam, because I like the blend of spicy, sweet and sour flavors while none of them is overpowering. I also like that sugar only counts for 1/3 of the ingredients, while regular jams may contain up to 2/3, which makes it a very conscious breakfast choice! So far, I have used it as a sandwich spread with cream cheese, peanut butter or with just plain butter, all of which are just delish. Next, I will try mixing it with plain yoghurt or quark / curd. Thanks for that great recipe!

    1. Thanks, Mike! I’m so happy you enjoy the Tomatillo Jalapeño Jam! It’s easy to make if you can find the ingredients and can be used in so many different ways. It’s also tasty mixed with a soft flavored goat cheese. Enjoy it!

  3. So, it is NOT really 579 calories per serving, right? Sorry, silly question….anyway, we have lots of tomatillos from the plants our nice neighbor gave us from their garden. In southwestern Washington state we are growing our own tomatillos and jalapeños among other veggies. Love to read about Los Angeles. I lived in Redondo Beach as child. I can’t wait to make this jam with jalapeños and tomatillos! Thank u for the recipe I will let u know how good it is😀

    1. Hi Jancee, thanks for your question. It’s 579 calories per jar of jam. You are so lucky to have your own fresh produce to make this jam. I’ve made it a several times now. People keep asking me for jars. One friend from Germany insists on a jar every time he visits. Please let me know how you like it and share photos if you can. I’d appreciate your rating the recipe. Thanks!

  4. Great recipe! Easy and tasty! I added a few extra peppers for some additional heat and it is still has a sweet and well balanced flavor.

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I appreciate reading your feedback. So happy you enjoyed it and shared your suggestion for additional heat. Can you please rate the recipe on my site? Come back and try other recipes!

  5. Your jam is delicious. I had a bumper crop of both tomatillos and Hungarian was peppers this summer so I used my frozen vegetables to make this. A person can only eat so much salsa verde.

    1. I appreciate your kind words, Barb. I’ve recently added tomatillos to tomato sauces I use to braise meat, for instance, beef short ribs. Tomatillos can indeed be used for so much more than just salsa verde! Glad you liked this recipe!

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