Cranberry and Jalapeño Chutney

Cranberry and Jalapeño Chutney

Chutneys make a delicious condiment to any cuisine.  This cranberry and jalapeño chutney can be a healthy and tasty addition to your Thanksgiving meal.  This sweet, sour, and spicy cranberry and jalepeño chutney can be used as a healthy spread on your sandwiches or as a side to give a spicy kick to your dishes.

Ingredients for cranberry and jalapeño chutney:

1 cups cranberry, fresh

1 medium jalapeno

½ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

½ of a lemon, squeezed for juice

1 teaspoon cumin seeds


First, Wash cranberries and jalapeños and then rinse them off.

Then combine the cranberries, jalapeños, Himalayan salt, lemon juice, and cumin seed into a blender or food processor until the mixture until it is a paste or liquid,

Lastly, serve in any way you prefer and enjoy!

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NutriPledge Food Rating and Therapeutic Health Benefits; cranberry and jalapeño chutney: 

  • Low in calories and carbohydrates 
  • A healthy balance of sodium and contains zero fat 
  • No added sugars 
  • No artificial flavor, color or food additives 

Cranberries are most known for their high nutrient and antioxidant content. Research has shown that cranberries can help prevent UTIs, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, and slow cancer progression. Overall, Cranberries are high in B vitamins, vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, and vitamin E, which help support immune health. The other half of this recipe contains jalapenos, a high vitamin A, C, and antioxidant content. Research has also shown, jalapeños are used for for pain relief, controlling blood sugar, and weight loss. 

However, this recipe is rated as a red dot in our food rating system (Food Coach). This is due to the chutney being low in fiber per serving.  As a condiment, this is not unusual. Keep in mind, it is essential to include other sources of fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet for your overall health and wellness. Fiber plays an important role in keeping your bowel movement regular, promoting gut health, weight management, and controlling blood sugars.  Our Food Coach recommends getting about 1.4 g of fiber per 100-125 calories of food, and dietary guidelines for Americans recommend 14 grams of fiber per 1000 calories consumed on a generally healthy diet. 

Dietitian Nutritionist Note and Recommendations

Native Americans have used cranberries to treat urinary tract infections and other illnesses for centuries. Modern research has also revealed the fact that that drinking cranberry juice may help prevent urinary tract infections. It is important to note that fresh cranberries would have the highest number of antioxidants compared to processed versions like juice, cocktails, and sauce and it may also have added sugars or sweeteners.

Similarly, jalapeños are a healthy way to spice up your food but are best when eaten only in a small amount due to the intense heat produced by the capsaicin substance in chilies. 

Overall, this chutney is a delicious, healthy way to spice up your food when consumed in small quantities.

Disclaimer: Please note that this page is not medical advice. This can be only used as general guidance to a healthy and balanced diet for your health and wellness. This food does not ensure an adequate or inadequate and safe level of intake for a single person. Please consult your health care provider before following any diet plan to ensure your personal medical and nutritional needs. Thank you! 

Credits and attribution:   

This recipe was created by Shraddha Chaubey. Blog content was written by Joseph Oliva and Mackenzie Merriman, Dietetic Student Interns. The content was reviewed by Shraddha Chaubey, MS, RDN, CDN/LDN.