In some versions, many of the ingredients are meant to come out crunchy, with distinguishable, chunky individual ingredients. Other versions have a softer texture, with the ingredients more “melted” into one another.
Typical ingredients drawn on by chow-chow recipes can include beans, bell peppers (red or green), cabbage, carrots, cucumber, corn kernels, cauliflower, onions, tomatoes (green and red), peas, etc.
The use of cabbage is more common in some parts of the southern US than it is in other parts of the US or of the world. In the American south, the primary base ingredients usually found are cabbage, onion, tomato and peppers.
6 to 8 green or red tomatoes, chopped
6 medium bell peppers, chopped
6 large onions, chopped
2 hot peppers, chopped
3 cups sugar
5 cups white vinegar
1/4 cup salt or pickling salt
Put all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until desired tenderness is achieved.
This recipe is designed to be put in pint jars and sealed. Makes 8 to 9 pints. But you could cut recipe down to use for one night of dinner.