Ella's Chow-Chow

READY IN: 2hrs
Recipe by BeachGirl

My mother-in-law's recipe for her Southern Chow-Chow. It's delicious on cooked collard greens, lima beans or black-eye peas. You'll find lots of other uses for this tasty condiment. I make a double or triple batch to enjoy throughout the year and give as gifts. These will keep in pantry for 1-2 years.

Top Review by Miz Mary

I made this today and heat processed the jars for storage and gift giving. The yield to be right on target! I processed 1/2 pints for 20 minutes and everything sealed. The recipe never states a yield of 6 quarts. It calls for 6 quarts of raw vegetables. Perhaps Rita misread it. The flavor and texture was reminiscent of my grandnother's chow chow. I only used 4 quarts of vegetables-- so this can be stepped down to make smaller batches successfully. I had 5.5 pints of finished chow chow. Note: for uniformity of texture in the finished product do not use thick or pithy chunks of cabbage or the woody eye of the onion's root end. Thanks for a great relish that I have missed for years!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. If you don't have all the vegetables mentioned, increase the quantity of the vegetables you do have until you have 6 quarts of chopped vegetables. (However, be sure to use some cabbage, peppers, carrots and onions- the other veggies are optional).
  2. In large pot, stir dry ingredients together, then add liquid ingredients.
  3. Bring all syrup ingredients to a boil and boil until thickened, stirring frequently.
  4. Add chopped vegetables and bring to a boil.
  5. Cook 5 minutes on simmer until vegetables are hot.
  6. Pack into hot, sterilized jars and seal with hot sterilized lids.
  7. Invert and let rest for 2 minutes.
  8. Turn right-side-up and let cool.
  9. When jars are cooled, the lids should be slightly concave which signifies a good canning seal.
  10. NOTE: My mother-in-law never processed them in a water bath, but you may do so for about 30 minutes, if you prefer.

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