Cajun Chow Chow Relish Recipe
Sweet Onion and Red Pepper Relish - Pickled Chopped Vegetable Relish

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Cajun Chow Chow Relish is a spicy relish of pickled chopped vegetables. which contains no ‘filler’ items, such as cabbage or corn. There are probably as many varieties of Chow Chow as there are Southern cooks. Chow Chow can also be used with all foods to spice up the flavor in the same way you would use a pepper hot sauce. Though many chowchow recipes call for canning and processing in jars, this one does not. The quantity here is small enough to be used within a few weeks' time.

Jar of Chow Chow

Bowl of Chow Chow

Recipe from John Brennan, our favorite Louisiana cook! Check out John's Cajun Fried Turkey recipe and his famous Crawfish Boil. This is John Brennan's favorite recipe. John likes to cook the Chow Chow outside on a gas burner.

Check out Linda's Butters, Condiments, Sauces, Relish & Jelly Recipes for more great ideas.


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Cajun Chow Chow Relish Recipe:

Recipe Type: Condiments and Sauces, Onions, Chile Peppers, Crawfish Boil
Yields: serves many
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 2 hr


2 sweet onions, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
5 fresh hot chile peppers (preferably cayenne)
2 cups cider vinegar
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar


In a food processor, mix and grind together the onions, celery, chile peppers, vinegar, salt, and sugar.

In a saucepan over medium heat, add the prepared vegetable mixture and heat just until it comes to a boil. Then turn heat down to low and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for approximately 2 hours. Remove from heat and let cool.

Serve either chilled or at room temperature.

If not using immediately, refrigerator until ready to use. Store in the refrigerator up to 3 to 4 weeks in a glass or plastic bowl (they won't react with the vinegar).



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