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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.


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.

Cooking Time25 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.

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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.

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.

I like your improvements! Whenever I shred cabbage I'm finding dried up pieces all over my kitchen for days! I'll get the course shredded cabbage in a bag! And I love the mini three colors of gourmet peppers, so I'll use those for color and sweetness and crunch. I keep seeing all these great relishes and slaws on Diners Drive Ins, and Dives and have wanted to try something different like this, so I was glad to come across Chow Chow relish! Hadn't heard of it before.

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, do you have a true recipe you can share? Thanks!

I would be honored if you'd allow me to try you family recipe for Chow Chow. The mother of a friend of mine used to make it 40 years ago however, she has passed on and he doesn't have a copy of it. Is it possible to get a copy? I'd appreciate it very much. Thank you.

could someone send a old fashion recipe but a little different from this one - flowers

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

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

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.

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?

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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