Do People from Arizona Know about Chow-Chow?

Pinto Beans with Chow Chow Relish

One of the many benefits of running Armadillo Pepper is sampling new products. We are constantly searching for the very best, hard-to-find items.  As a result, we spend a significant amount of time sampling different products with the goal of finding really great items for you.

As much as I would like to think that you will like exactly what I like, I’ve come to learn that is not always the case.  So, we hold taste tests when considering new products (this is one of the perks of the job).

The other night, I gathered some friends and we sampled some Chow-Chow from Alabama.

I made pinto beans because….well, isn’t that is what you eat with Chow-Chow here in the South?  Everyone was anxiously waiting for me to finalize the beans, cut-up the onions and finish grilling the chicken and smoked sausages when one of my friends from Phoenix, Arizona said “what is Chow-Chow”?  For a moment the room was silent, but then I quickly recalled that Chow-Chow was a “Southern Thing”.  Just because I grew up eating beans and Chow-Chow every couple of weeks in a small town in Kentucky doesn’t mean the kids in Phoenix were eating the same meal.

This gave me an opportunity to be a little “full of myself” and suggest some history about Chow-Chow and its origination from the need for families to preserve vegetables for the coming winter.  Anyway, dinner was finally prepared, served and guess what?  My friend from Phoenix loves Chow-Chow.

Now, just to be clear, I am not picking on Arizona (but, what else could I have named this article?). It is a great state. I have visited Phoenix and had a great time. Do people in Arizona know about Chow-Chow?  It just so happens that I have another friend who lives in Scottsdale.  We are talking tomorrow, so I will ask him if he has eaten Chow-Chow.  If not, well….they just don’t know what they are missing.

5/13/09 – Just an update……I spoke with my buddy in Arizona and he did know about Chow-Chow.  With that said, he is not an Arizona native and actually lived in the South many years before relocating to Arizona.  Maybe the jury is still out.

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3 Responses to Do People from Arizona Know about Chow-Chow?

  1. Dede says:

    I have never tried Chow-Chow and am intrigued. I just ordered the Mossy Bayou’s Cajun Chow-Chow today and am looking forward to it! Thanks for your informative article. I really like the personal touch!

  2. Janice says:

    I absolutely LOVE chow-chow and am so delighted to have come across your site!
    Going to order both and try them out. Thanks so much for your prompt response as well to my email.
    Are you planning on adding more types of chow-chow! I am addicted to it!

  3. ArmadilloPepper says:

    Hi Janice, Thanks for visiting our site.  We really enjoy Sherie’s and Mossy Bayou’s Chow-Chows.  Sherie’s is more of a garden style and like the type of chow-chow I grew up with.  Personally, I prefer her Hot (as compared to her Mild), but I tend to like a little more spice than some people.  The Mossy Bayou Chow-Chow is also very good, but totally different from Sherie’s.  This Chow-Chow has more “tang” with a “kick” and is not a garden style Chow-Chow.  The texture is more like a relish that you would get at the baseball park on a great hot dog.
    We also have a 3rd relish which is very unique – Dat’L Do-It’s Datil Pepper “Hellish Relish“.  This is a very hard-to-find relish as you do not find Datil Peppers everywhere.  The major growing region is the St. Augustine, FL area.  It has a wonderful combination of Datil Peppers,Cucumbers, Onions, Bell Peppers and a Tomato Paste.
    There seems to be a lot of interest in our Chow-Chows which is exciting to us.  We are always keeping our eyes open for great Chow-Chows and other products for our customers. If we find another great Chow-Chow Relish that our customers will enjoy, then it is very likely you will see it on


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