Slow Cooker Spicy Relish

Slow Cooker Spicy Relish

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Makes: 3 cups

Sweet pickle relish on a hot dog? Not for me: I want heat! Essentially a salsa, this relish works on a whole range of casual foods besides franks—nachos, burgers, tacos, you name it. Since this recipe makes a lot, you’ll be able to extend your condiment adventure into next season, slightly perspiring all through the cold months.


  • 1 large white onion
  • 20 to 30 serrano chiles
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. 1Peel the onion, removing the stem end. Cut it in half and drop it in the slow cooker.

  2. 2Stem the serranos but leave them whole; remove the stems from the bell peppers and cut them into hunks. Place in the slow cooker.

  3. 3Add the vinegar and salt, cover, and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours.

  4. 4Transfer everything, including the cooking liquid, to the bowl of a food processor.

  5. 5Pulse several times, until the relish is the consistency you like—it should end up a textured purée, like sweet pickle relish.
  6. 6Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or freeze and keep up to 6 months.

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