Lyndsay Burginger

Quick Chow Chow Relish

Quick Chow Chow Relish

Served up on pulled pork, beans or even a hot dog, Chow Chow is a condiment staple in the Heartland. Make up this can-free recipe to use for dinner tonight.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 3 cups diced bell peppers
  • 2 cups grated cabbage
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 1 cup diced green tomato
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp celery seeds
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric


  • In a bowl, combine together the bell peppers, cabbage, onions, green tomatoes, jalapeño and kosher salt. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. In the morning drain the liquid from the mixture.
  • In a large dutch oven or pot, toast the mustard seeds and celery seeds until fragrant and beginning to "pop", about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the sugar, apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water to the toasted seeds and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add in the drained vegetable mixture along with the crushed red pepper, mustard powder, turmeric and ginger, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and stir occasionally. simmer until the mixture is thick, about 1 hour.
  • Remove from heat and let cool. The Chow Chow will stay for about a week in the fridge in an air-tight container.
  • Learn more about Chow Chow here.


We used one red pepper and one orange pepper for this recipe and it equaled about 3 cups diced.
This Chow Chow is different than most recipes because there is no need to can it.

Perfect Pairing

Serve up your hot dogs with Chow Chow and a dollop of Perfect Guacamole.
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