Cajun Chow Chow Relish Recipe


Sweet Onion and Red Pepper Relish – Pickled Chopped Vegetable Relish


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 chow chow 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.

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


Cajun Chow Chow Relish


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Cajun Chow Chow Relish Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Cajun
Keyword: Cajun Chow Chow Relish Recipe
  • 2 sweet onions, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 5 fresh hot red chile peppers (preferably Cayenne Chile Peppers)*
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  1. In a food processor, mix and grind together the onions, celery, chile peppers, vinegar, salt, and sugar.

  2. 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.

  3. Serve either chilled or at room temperature.

  4. 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).

  5. Serves many.

Recipe Notes

Cajun Chow Chow Relish*  Cayenne Chile Peppers:  Also known as the Guinea spice, Ginnie pepper, Cow Horn pepper, finger chili, and bird pepper.  These peppers range from 4 to 12 inches in length and are one of the most common chile peppers available.  Deep green, yellow, orange, or red. Long, skinny, and wrinkled in appearance.  Hot in taste and often used in Cajun recipes.

Make sure that chile peppers are firm to the touch and the skin is smooth.  Once they are wrinkled, their crisp texture and fresh flavor are gone.  Use your chile peppers as soon after purchasing as possible.  Otherwise store them for up to two weeks wrapped in a dry terry-cloth towel inside a paper bag in the refrigerator or a cool dark place.  Do not freeze.

Comments and Reviews

One Response to “Cajun Chow Chow Relish Recipe”

  1. Michael Seltenright

    I made this with Tabasco peppers from my garden. It was delicious.


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