Jalapeño relish is a fresh topping that can be added to any dish when you want to enhance its flavor and add a little spice. While we always use it on burgers and hotdogs, it can also be used to top sandwiches, salads, or even baked chicken.
What is Relish?
Relish is a condiment that is used to top other foods. It is made out of fruits or vegetables and has been preserved in some form. What sets it apart from sauces or marinades is the fact that relish has a chunky consistency rather than smooth.
Health Benefits of Jalapeños
- Jalapeños have many of the vitamins and minerals you need on a daily basis like Vitamin C, B6, A, and K.
- Jalapeños are a good source of fiber.
- Jalapeños can help boost your metabolism, helping with weight loss.
- Some studies have discovered that Jalapeños may even fight cancer.
- Jalapeños can help prevent stomach ulcers.
How to Make Jalapeño Relish
- Red onion
- Garlic cloves
- Apple cider vinegar
- White sugar
Step 1: Prepare the Jalapeños
Wash the jalapeños and remove the seeds. Chop them into small pieces.
Step 2:Prepare the Onion and Garlic
Peel and chop both the onions and garlic cloves
Step 3: Mix
Mix the jalapeños, garlic, and onion in a bowl. Add the apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Mix a second time.
Step 4: Taste Test
Taste a bit, adding more salt or sugar if you prefer.
Step 5: Serve or Store
Serve immediately or put in the fridge for a few days to let the flavors combine.
- This condiment will get spicier the longer it sits, so for an extra spicy condiment, wait at least 3 days before serving.
- If you prefer sweet relish, add extra sugar during step 3 of the recipe.
- Use a garlic press to make mincing the garlic easier
How to Make Jalapeño Relish Less Spicy
Jalapeños are spicy because of their seeds. If you want a less spicy relish, remove all the seeds from the jalapeños before you chop them. You should also serve immediately rather than letting the relish sit.
How to Make Jalapeño Relish Spicier
For those who like spicy, add the seeds from the jalapeños to the relish to increase the heat. You should also make the relish a few days in advance to let the flavors develop more fully.
How to Serve Jalapeño Relish
This condiment is best served with a protein like a hot dog or hamburger. You can also add it to a charcuterie board, dip, or for a taco topping.
How to Store Jalapeño Relish
Relish made with jalapeños is best stored in a glass jar in the fridge. It will last for 2-3 weeks this way. If you want yours to last longer, consider using a canning method to make your jalapeño relish shelf stable.
Does Homemade Jalapeño Relish Need to Be Refrigerated?
Homemade jalapeño relish needs to be kept in the fridge. Otherwise, it will go bad. The only exception to this is if you use a canning method to seal your spicy condiment in jars.
How Long Does Jalapeño Relish Last?
Relish made with jalapeños lasts about 2-3 weeks when stored in the fridge.
Can You Freeze Jalapeño Relish?
You can freeze jalapeño relish. Just know it may change the consistency of the onions and jalapeños. When frozen, this condiment lasts for 3 months to a year.
When you are looking for the perfect topping for all your dishes, there is no need to look any farther than jalapeño relish. No matter what you are serving at your next event, a relish made with jalapeños is the way to go. Just be sure to make it in advance if you would like to have a little kick.
- 2 jalapeños
- 1 red onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- Wash the jalapeños and cut them lenghtwise to remove the seeds and the top, chop them as finely as possible. Set aside.
- Peel and chop the red onion as finely as possible too. Set aside.
- Crush or mince the garlic cloves, set aside.
- In a bowl combine the diced jalapeños, onion and garlic cloves, combine well.
- Add the apple cider vinegar and the sugar, salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Mix well.
- Taste in case you preffer to have it a bit more sweet or salty.
- Store in a crystal jar and use straight up or let sit for a few days for the flavors to combine.
The more jalapeño seeds you leave the spicier it will be your relish, I like to take some out and leave some. As the days go by and the jalapeño sits there the flavors will develop and will be delicious!
It can last probably for more than a month when stored in the fridge maybe more but I highly doubt it will last that longer!
It goes very well with burgers, hot dogs, roasted chicken, even in salads! It’s that good that can be eaten straight from the jar!