Condiment/ Recipe

Jalapeno Apricot Sauce

August 2, 2019 (Last Updated: February 6, 2020)

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Jalapeno Apricot Sauce –  A sweet and spicy apricot sauce that’s perfect for glazing barbecued chicken or serving over cream cheese with crackers.

A glass crock filled with jalapeno apricot sauce.

Jalapeno Apricot Sauce – is it a jam or is it a sauce? The answer is yes to both! This starts out as a jam but then white wine vinegar and fresh jalapenos are added and it becomes a sauce. The vinegar adds a bit of a tang, that makes it perfect for adding to barbecued meats or serving as an appetizer on top of cream cheese.

What ingredients do I need to make jalapeno apricot sauce?

  • Fresh apricots
  • Sugar
  • Jalapeno
  • White wine vinegar

Fresh apricots, jalapeno, sugar and vinegar on a white board.

What thickens the sauce?

Apricots contain natural pectin. The sauce is heated to 220 degrees which is the temperature needed for jam to set. You could stop right there and not add the final two ingredients and have a delicious apricot jam. Or you could check out this apricot jam recipe. 

How do I make this apricot sauce?

  1. Cut apricots in half and remove pit. Cut apricots into small chunks.
  2. Add apricots and sugar to a sauce pot. Chopped apricots and sugar in a sauce pot.
  3. Heat over medium heat stirring often. 
  4. Continue cooking until temperature reaches 220 degrees. Fresh fruit cooking on the stove.
  5. Add chopped jalapenos and vinegar. Jalapenos added to apricot jam.
  6. Cook over low heat for an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and place in a heat proof dish.

An orange brush with a jalapeno sauce dripping off the brush.

How do I use this sauce?

What equipment do I need?

Most of what you need, you will already have in your kitchen. You’ll need a cutting board and a knife, a sauce pan and a thermometer. 

Apricot jam with bits of jalapenos.

Other great fresh fruit dishes include Apricot Sweet Rolls, Peach Cobbler and Peach Ice Cream. 

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Apricot sauce with finely chopped jalapenos.

If you make this recipe, Iโ€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

A glass crock filled with jalapeno apricot sauce.

Jalapeno Apricot Sauce

A sweet and spicy sauce perfect for using as a barbecue glaze or served with cream cheese and crackers.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup
Calories 55 kcal


  • 1 cup apricots (chopped)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 jalapeno (finely diced)
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar


  • Add chopped apricots and sugar to a sauce pan.
  • Heat over medium heat until temperature of sauce reaches 220 or reaches the gel stage for jam.
  • Add jalapenos and vinegar and cook for 5 more minutes, stirring often.
  • Remove from heat and add to a heat proof container. Store in refrigerator until use or use right away.


  • 4-6 apricots equals 1 cup chopped apricots
  • Nutritional value is calculated at 1 Tablespoon serving size.ย 


Calories: 55kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 28mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 196IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apricot jam, pepper jelly, spicy barbecue sauce
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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  • Reply
    Margaret Stanton
    May 20, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Hi Kathy,
    Can this be canned? Looks so good.

    • Reply
      May 20, 2020 at 8:06 am

      Hi Margaret,
      I have not canned this, but you there’s no reason you can’t! Just follow the same process you would for making jam.

      • Reply
        Margaret Stanton
        May 20, 2020 at 7:12 pm

        Thank you so much! A friend gave me apricots today, so I’m going to try your recipe this weekend.๐ŸŒป

  • Reply
    Kathy Corbett
    April 24, 2020 at 3:39 am

    5 stars
    What about the skin on the apricots do you peal this off? All you mention is take out the pit and chop.

    • Reply
      April 24, 2020 at 6:06 am

      I do not remove the skin from the apricots.
      Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    January 13, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Kathy, this sounds great! I do have a question: Do you leave the seeds in the jalapeno!

    • Reply
      January 13, 2020 at 7:52 pm

      I did not add the seeds. The seeds will add more heat. You could add them if you wanted it spicier.
      Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    August 9, 2019 at 3:51 am

    5 stars
    Love how you put apricots together with spicy jalapeno. Since the apricot season is gone over here, keeping for next one to prepare and serve with cheeses. Thank you !

    • Reply
      August 9, 2019 at 6:48 am

      So delicious with cheese!

  • Reply
    August 5, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    5 stars
    I just love sweet and spicy. I can think of a million things to pair this with!. Yum!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    August 5, 2019 at 6:43 am

    5 stars
    This sounds delicious, Kathy! I immediately thought of brushing this sauce/jam over grilled chicken, but your idea of a bagel w/ cream cheese is totally calling to me now. I love the spicy + sweet combo you’ve got going on here, too. I don’t have any apricots in the backyard, but at least I do have some jalapenos this year! I know how I should use a couple of ’em now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    August 5, 2019 at 12:13 am

    5 stars
    Kathy, this jalapeno apricot sauce looks wonderful! Love the sweet and spicy! It looks so good on the grilled chicken!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    August 2, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    5 stars
    What a delicious combination of flavours, Kathy! I love the idea of this and I know it would be such a fantastic pantry staple, or great edible gift ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    August 2, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    5 stars
    I think I’d be slathering this over lots of things Kathy! Bet it’s totally delicious.

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    August 2, 2019 at 8:10 am

    5 stars
    I’m alllll over sweet and savoury/spicy combos so this is totally calling my name! I can think of so many uses for this sauce. Bet it would be especially good on a grilled cheese sandwich ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      August 2, 2019 at 9:31 am

      Ooohhh!!! I hadn’t thought of adding to a grilled cheese! That sounds awesome! Guess what I’m going to have for lunch? Thanks for the idea!

    • Reply
      January 8, 2020 at 3:36 am

      5 stars
      Can you use dried apricots?

      • Reply
        January 8, 2020 at 4:38 am

        I have not tried making this with dried apricots. ๐Ÿ™‚

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