Green Tomato Chow Chow

I am going to teach y’all how to make a southern delicacy — Green Tomato Chow Chow.  Some might call this end of the garden relish or even salsa verde.  {It is a southern recipe but is very close to a salsa verde.}  I can it every year using the green tomatoes out of our garden.  What do you do with left over green tomatoes?  Make a relish!  Let’s get started!

1 gallon green tomatoes
1 medium head cabbage
5 medium bell peppers (I used a mix of red and green)
1 medium onion
6 pods hot pepper
3 c. vinegar
2 c. sugar
2 tbsp. plain salt

I process my veggies in a food processor to make this recipe easier.  Chop your green tomatoes.  One gallon of green tomatoes makes a BUNCH once you chop them.  Check out this picture for a graphic….


Add those into a very large pot.  Shred your head of cabbage, seed and chop all peppers, and chop the onion.  Add those ingredients to your pot plus the salt and stir.

Combine the vinegar and sugar in a separate pot and bring to a boil.  Pour over your pot of vegetables and it will look like this…

Cook for 20 minutes.  In that 20 minutes, your mixture will actually change color.

Pour into sterilized jars and process for 10 minutes while covered with boiling water.  Please make sure you have plenty of liquid in each jar along with the tomato mixture.

This recipe made 3 quarts and 5 pints.  Please wait at least 4 weeks before enjoying your chow chow.  You want to give time for the flavors to develop. 

This is great on beans, chili, nachos, and you can use in any recipe that calls for salsa verde.  Plus it looks so pretty in these jars you can give them as gifts as well! 

I hope y’all enjoy this simple canning recipe!  Let me know if you make it and what you think.


  1. says

    Hi Angie,My fiancee was born and raised in the south, he is going to be tickled pink when I show him what I have made. Thank you for sharing you recipe! Hugs Mary

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