A classic and flavorful relish made with a combination of chopped cabbage, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and hot peppers, sweetened with sugar and tangy white vinegar. This traditional recipe is perfect for preserving the flavors of the season and adding a zesty kick to your meals.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chow Chow is a versatile condiment that adds a burst of flavor to a variety of dishes. Whether served alongside grilled meats, on sandwiches, or as a topping for hot dogs, this tangy and slightly sweet relish is sure to elevate your meals.


  • 1 small cabbage, chopped
  • 6 to 8 green or red tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 medium bell peppers, chopped
  • 6 large onions, chopped
  • 2 hot peppers, chopped
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 cups white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup salt or pickling salt


  1. Put all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until desired tenderness is achieved.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Calories: 120 per serving
  • Servings: Makes 8 to 9 pints


This Chow Chow recipe is designed to be put in pint jars and sealed for long-term storage. Store in a cool, dark place for up to a year. Once opened, keep refrigerated and consume within a few weeks.

Recipe Tips

  • Customize the heat level by adjusting the amount of hot peppers used.
  • For a milder version, you can reduce the sugar or vinegar according to your taste preferences.
  • Experiment with different types of peppers or add spices like mustard seeds or turmeric for additional flavor variations. Enjoy this Chow Chow relish with your favorite dishes for a burst of tangy goodness!


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