Spicy Texas Cucuzza-Pepper Relish

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

I came up with this recipe to use up the number of cucuzzas I have growing in my garden. This spicy condiment is perfect on hot dogs or hamburgers. The relish can also be poured over a block of cream cheese and served as a dip with chips or crackers.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Finely chop cucuzza, onion, bell peppers and jalapeños. (This can be a time consuming step, so I use my Pampered Chef food chopper).
  2. Place cucuzza, onions, bell peppers and jalapeños in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Sprinkle pickling salt over cucuzza mixture and stir well to combine.
  4. Let cucuzza mixture sit on the counter at room temperature for 1 hour.
  5. Thoroughly rinse cucuzza mixture in a strainer under cold running water.
  6. Use a wooden spoon to press the veggies against the side of the strainer to drain as much water as you can.
  7. Place drained cucuzza mixture in a clean bowl.
  8. Let sit on the counter for an additional 15 minutes, then drain again to remove excess water.
  9. In a large stockpot, combine vinegar, sugar, Thai peppers, celery seeds, cayenne pepper, turmeric and black pepper.
  10. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  11. Reduce heat to simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  12. Remove Thai peppers from pot and discard.
  13. Add chopped cucuzza mixture to the stockpot.
  14. Cook for an additional 5 minutes or until veggies are tender.
  15. In a small bowl, combine water and cornstarch; mix to dissolve.
  16. Pour cornstarch mixture into stockpot and cook for 5 minutes.
  17. Pour into sterilized canning jars and process in a water bath for 10 minutes.
Most Helpful

Thanks for this recipe! I loved it! I had so much Cucuzza squash I was desperate for different ideas. This was easy to make and delicious!

@thetable September 10, 2011

My nonna would be so proud that I found recipes. many from you Kim D. that replicated the dishes she would make our family when she was still with us - thank you, thank you, thank you. I picked up a large cucuzza this past weekend with the hopes of finding a recipe that would honor her memory. I now have several to try. Grazie

mhill September 14, 2009