Chile-Cucumber Chow Chow - Recipe

Chow Chow is a quick pickled relish made with a combination of vegetables. Our version includes a mixture of bell and banana peppers along with fresh cucumber and basil. We're ready for Spring!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 62 kcal


  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper if desired for some heat
  • ½ cucumber diced
  • 2 bell peppers diced – Use red, yellow, or orange, or a combo. Green is fine, but the color will be boring.
  • 3 banana peppers diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped basil


  1. Add the vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, salt and crushed red pepper (if using) to a wide pan. Bring to a quick boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes, or until the liquids reduce by about a half.
  2. Add the cucumber and peppers. Stir and cook a couple of minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Let sit about 30 minutes to get that quick pickling.
  4. Stir in the basil and serve.
  5. You can store this in the fridge for at least a month or longer.
Nutrition Facts
Chile-Cucumber Chow Chow - Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 62
% Daily Value*
Sodium 594mg25%
Potassium 236mg7%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 2065IU41%
Vitamin C 95.2mg115%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.