Jalapeno Relish

"This recipe has been in our family since 1976. It was my dad's recipe given to him by a friend. He won 3rd place at the Southern New Mexico State Fair in 1978. He passed away that month and never knew he won. So you can say this a very special recipe in our family. It is like a canned pico de gallo. You can eat it with tortilla chips or mix in with scrambled eggs or whatever you prefer."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
6-7 Pints




  • Chop jalapenos, tomatoes and onion.
  • Mix vegetables together with garlic and oregano. Set aside.
  • Mix together vinegar and water. Set aside.
  • Fill jars with vegetable mixture to 1/2 inch from top of jars.
  • To each jar add 1 tsp each of salt and sugar.
  • Then add liquid to jars to 1/2 inch from top.
  • Seal jars and process in water bath for 45 minutes. Start counting when water comes to boil.

Questions & Replies

  1. Do you skin the tomatoes for jalapeno relish?


  1. This was very good and easy to make. Other than seeding the tomatoes and peppers I did not change a thing. It's great. Thanks so much for a nice recipe.
  2. I was excited to see this recipe and realize that everything I needed was in the garden. I added a few different types of peppers (I suggest you wear gloves when chopping them- lesson learned). I made half the recipe with fresh oregano and half with cilantro. Very different taste to each, but delicious. Took two jars on a family vacation- they were gone in one night. Yummy! Thanks for sharing.
  3. Great stuff, we consumed half a jar in one sitting and my DH asked me to make another batch, so we would have plenty for the winter. To be honest i guestimated the amount of tomtoes and peppers. I used fresh cayenne peppers ,so i had to be cautious adding theses as they are really hot.
  4. I made this for PAC Spring '07. It was a bit time consuming seeding & chopping 2lbs of jalapenos. I was worried the food processor might nearly puree the veggies so I chopped by hand. It looked lovely & smelled wonderful. I have yet to taste it, tho. I got 6 pints. I used fresh oregano. I didn't use all the vinegar/water - I hope that is ok. Thank you for sharing your recipe!
  5. I canned this recipe and gave them in gift baskets for Christmas. It was wonderful. The sweetness and the oregano took everyone by surprise. I used mexican oregano and I changed the ratio of peppers and tomatoes using more peppers. Thanks so much for a great recipe. I'll be canning it again soon


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