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Old Fashioned Chow Chow


Take a step back in time with this Old Fashioned Chow Chow. This is a larger recipe designed for storing in jars. It's an easy vintage recipe that reminds you of simpler times.

Yields: 8

Cooking Time: 25 min

  • 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.


This recipe is designed to be put in pint jars and sealed. Yields 8 to 9 pints.

But you could cut recipe down to use for one night of dinner.

Suggestion: cut in half if serving at least six people.

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Recipe from my childhood. Chow Chow (Granny Bales) Step #1 1 large head cabbage 10 green tomatoes 6 Bell Peppers, some red for color 1 large onion Put through food grinder ( Before the food chopper was invented) Step #2 2 cups brown sugar 1 2 cups Cider vinegar 3/4 tsp Allspice 3/4 tsp Cinnamon Add this mixture to vegetables. Bring to a hard boil. Adjust sugar, vinegar & spices to taste. Fill hot jars. Process in boiling water bath.

lloydhbales 7435865

I made this for the first time this year and canned 12 pints. Recipe is really close to mine. I have a good tip that made it easy for me. Instead of cutting up the cabbage I got the already bags of cole slaw mix. it had the carrots in it and gave color to the Chow Chow. Also for color I got the red ,yellow and green bell peppers. We like ours hot. So I used different kinds of hot peppers. I used the food processor and it made it easy and fast to make it. :) My recipe came from my best friends Grandma. Gave out as gifts for Christmas ! The only suggestion I would share is that the longer it is stored the beter the favor it is.


Thisis NOT a true old-fashion chow-chow recipe. I've made it all my long life, my mother and grandmother before me! This would work, I think, as a quick dish...not the real one.

hideawayhollowfarm 3806169

I make a similar recipe and have been looking for another to compare.

Member 16808

My Mother always made this when we were children, we would have it with beans and cornbread. I have beerb looking everywhere to find this receipt. I couldn't remember what to put in it.I have already put most of the receipt together, just waiting for the green tomatoes to come in. we also have a lot of fried green tomatoes and we sure love them. thanks pauline

mommyk1234 9006475

Responding to question as to how you use this: In my family, we keep it chilled and use it much as you would relish - on hot dogs - and (also cold) add a little to individual servings of pinto beans. My grandmother always made massive amounts of chow chow each fall and canned it for family members.

L Graham

Hi bredahaf 8198224, It's kind of like a deli salad. You can eat it as a side. -Editors of RecipeLion.


What is the chow chow used for? Do you put it on meats or salad or what?

bredahaf 8198224

Jerryh23: I'm glad you like recipe. Let us know how it turns out if you try it. Blair, editor for


Most excellent. Very nearly same recipe in my family for 3 generations. Jerry


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