Chow Chow Relish (and More Great Southern Relish Recipes)

Updated on November 10, 2019
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Here are some great Southern-style relish recipes for any occasion.

Homemade Chow Chow Relish, Peach Salsa and Jalapeño Jelly Recipes
1) Cooked Chow Chow Relish
2) No-Cook Chow Chow Relish
3) Peach Salsa
4) Jalapeño Jelly

Homemade Cooked Chow Chow Relish Recipe

Chow chow is a traditional southern pickled relish which can be made from green tomatoes, red tomatoes, cabbage, onions, green and red peppers. It is canned like pickles or salsa, although the mixture is usually cooked first. The recipes may vary; some are sweeter and have different ingredients. It may be eaten by itself or served as a condiment on meats, beans, hot dogs, hamburgers and other foods.

At our house chow chow has been a long time condiment with a pot of pinto beans, also with just about any meat. You will not be sorry about the time you take to make it, the reward will be delicious!

Ingredients for Cooked Chow Chow Relish

Chow Chow

  • 4 cups onions, ground
  • 4 cups cabbage, ground
  • 4 cups green peppers, ground
  • 4 cups green tomatoes, ground
  • 2 cups red peppers, ground
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Hot peppers may be added if you like spicy.
  • 8 pint jars, sterilized


  • 5 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon celery seeds
  • 2 tablespoons mustard seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric

Instructions for Making Cooked Chow Chow Relish

  1. Wash all the vegetable before using.
  2. Put the onions, cabbage, green peppers, green tomatoes and red peppers through a food grinder.
  3. In a large pot mix ground vegetables; cover with the water, add salt. Let stand in refrigerator 4 to 12 hours.
  4. Drain the vegetables thoroughly.
  5. Add to the drained vegetables the syrup ingredients; sugar, cider vinegar, celery seeds, mustard seeds and turmeric.
  6. Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  7. Ladle hot relish into sterilized jars; leave 1/4-inch head space.
  8. Process for 10 minutes in boiling water bath.
  9. Wait three weeks before using.

Tips From Margie Lynn

  1. Use fresh vegetables.
  2. Sterilized the jars, lids and rings in the dishwasher.
  3. Homemade chow-chow relish is best when chilled before using.
  4. If any of the jars do not seal after cooling; put in refrigerator to use right away.
  5. Be careful when filling jars with the hot mixture; use a pot holder to hold the jar in place. And be cautious when removing from the water bath

No-Cook Chow Chow Relish

Are you looking for a quick and easy way to make chow chow relish? Try this no-cook recipe to use up all those extra green tomatoes. If you like pickles or pickle relish you will love this delicious spicy sweet chow chow. It may be used in hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, or as a relish in a bowl of pinto beans or on top of your favorite meat.

Ingredients for No-Cook Chow Chow Relish

  • 1 gallon green tomatoes
  • 5 red, green or yellow bell peppers
  • 3 jalapeño peppers, more if you like it hot
  • 1 medium head cabbage
  • 5 medium onions
  • 3 pints vinegar, 90 gram
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • 6 cups sugar
  • ½ cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seed or dry

Instructions for Making No-Cook Chow Chow Relish

  1. Wash and clean all vegetables.
  2. Grind all vegetables and mix.
  3. Mix in a large stock pot; vinegar, sugar, turmeric, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Heat mixture to a boiling point.
  5. Add to hot mixture vegetables and bring to boil again.
  6. Remove from heat and add lemon juice.
  7. Put chow chow mixture in sterilized jars and seal.
  8. This recipe makes about 12 pints.

Tips From Margie Lynn

  • An easy way to sterilized the jars, lids and rings are by run them through the dishwasher.

Home Canned Peach Salsa Recipe


When winter arrives and all the delicious fresh peaches are gone pull out a jar of Peach salsa. This recipe makes eight half pints of salsa. If you want more just double or triple the recipe. This would make a great gift for the holidays or any occasion!

Our family loves to serve peach salsa over a brick of cream cheese with crackers as an appetizer. It is very addicting, the cream cheese and salsa just meld so delicious together!

Ingredients for Peach Salsa

  • 6 cups, about 3 pounds fresh peaches, chopped
  • 3 large fresh tomatoes, seeded, cut into chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups red onion, chopped
  • 4 medium jalapeño peppers, finely chopped, seeded
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, finely chopped, seeded
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons liquid honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, ground

Instructions for Making Peach Salsa

  1. Sterilize 8, 1/2 pint jars, I do this in my dishwasher.
  2. Blanch the peaches, put them into cold water to cool, when cooled, peel, pit and chop the peaches.
  3. Blanch the tomatoes; let cool in cold water, peel, remove seeds, cut the tomatoes into chunks.
  4. In a large pan combine all of the ingredients.
  5. Bring all of the ingredients to a boil, cook 5 minutes, stir often. If, not thicken cook a few more minutes.
  6. Taste for seasoning, add more cayenne pepper if you like spicy!
  7. Pours salsa into the hot jars to within 1/4 inch of top leaving a head space.
  8. Clean the jar rim for spilled salsa.
  9. Put on the lids and bands and tighten.
  10. Place the jars in a boiling water bath in a canner or large pot and cook for 10 minutes.
  11. Remove from the water bath placing on a kitchen towel, covering so they cool slowly.
  12. Jars are sealed when the lids pop.
  13. Store salsa in a cool, dark place.

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Homemade Jalapeño Pepper Jelly Recipe


Do you have lots of jalapeño peppers you do not know what to do with? Make them into jalapeño pepper jelly. It is delicious served over a block of cream cheese with cracker or as a condiment with meat. It is easy to make, and is a great gift for any occasion.

My granddaughter Madison loves jalapeno jelly served over cream cheese with Ritz crackers! If there is cream cheese in the house it has jalapeno jelly topped on it!

Ingredients for Jalapeño Pepper Jelly

  • 1/4 cup jalapeño peppers, ground
  • 3/4 cups sweet pepper, ground
  • 6 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1- 6 fluid ounce bottle liquid pectin

Instructions for Making Jalapeño Pepper Jelly

  1. Wash and remove the stems from the jalapeño and sweet peppers, grind in food processor.
  2. Add the ground pepper, sugar and cider vinegar in a large pot.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil; boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Stir in the liquid pectin. Return to a rolling boil and boil hard 5 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
  5. Skim the foam, if necessary.
  6. Pour into hot, sterilized jars, top with the sterilized lids. Secure the lids with bands and allow jars to cool slowly, creating a seal.

Makes about 5 pints.

Tips From Margie Lynn

  • Sterilize jars lids and rings in the dishwasher.
  • Great served as an appetizer over a block of cream cheese with crackers or as a condiment with meat.
  • Add red and green jalapeño and sweet peppers for more color.
  • May stir in a few drops of food coloring, if desired.
  • For a milder jelly take the seeds out of some or all of the jalapeños.
  • Homemade Jalapeño Pepper Jelly makes a great gift for any occasion.


  • Do not double recipe. Just make another batch, it will not set up.
  • Always wear plastic gloves when dealing with jalapeños pepper.

Canning Jars

Making and canning all kinds of delicious relishes and many other foods saves money and also is a great project, especially if you have kids! I use these Kerr quilted crystal jars, but you might want to see what other sizes and kinds would work best for you and whatever you are deciding to put up!

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      • Margie Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

        Margie's Southern Kitchen 

        3 years ago from the USA

        All of these are delicious! Thanks for coming by!

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        3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

        You sure are good at these, i have tried mango salsa only


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