The RV Chronicles — Stained silk and happy tears (Recipe: Fiery Jalapeno Relish)

Most people would chalk up a chili-stained silk shirt as an unfortunate incident. When said blotch comes two bites prior to a glob of mustard to the pants, it becomes a bad lunch.

But not for me.

After tweaking my Fiery Jalapeno Relish, I was bound and determined to celebrate the new baseball season in ballpark style (sans the suds) – at the office.

Sure, I wore my lunch for the remainder of the afternoon and it’ll cost me extra at the dry cleaners this week. But the zesty combination of spicy-tart with a tiny hint of sweet had me crying.  Joyful tears.

Use this condiment wherever you might use pickle relish – on a hot dog or hamburger, or as an add-in to deviled eggs or potato salad.

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Fiery Jalapeno Relish

Fiery Jalapeno Relish

Fiery Jalapeno Relish — Eat it and weep. Happy tears, of course.

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Fiery Jalapeno Relish
Fiery Jalapeno Relish — Eat it and weep. Happy tears, of course.
Recipe type: Condiment
  • 1 cup – Pickled jalapeno slices
  • 2 TB – Liquid from pickled jalapenos
  • 2 – Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 – Chipotle en adobo
  • 1 – Dried chile de arbol (or 1 tsp cayenne)
  • 1 TB – Onion powder
  • 1 TB – Chile powder, preferably ancho chile powder
  • 2 tsp – Sugar
  • 1 tsp – Salt
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until finely diced.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow flavors to meld.
  3. You're welcome.



  1. I’d happily wear this all day just to have a bite. Definitely putting this on my to try list! And a tip from a 4 year old: turn the shirt backwards. That way you don’t have to look at it all day. Yes, my daughter was and still is a slob and started this trend in her preschool class 21 years ago. Inside out also works pretty well, too!

    • adamjholland says:

      Oh, Abbe. It’s a shirt that I bought when times were … Well, hell. They weren’t better, but I have this thing about silk (and linen) shirts. I was walking around work with two stains — just like a four-year-old who doesn’t give a rat’s furry behind. (But, it was worth it in the end!)

  2. So many times I’ve commented and complained after a spill on my shirt “worse than a baby!” 🙂 And so many times it’s been very worth it. This sounds very spicy hot, but I’d still love to give it a try. Yay for baseball season. Today was opening day at Coors Field.

    • adamjholland says:

      It’s fiery. But using pickled jalapenos tones it down (try the ‘tamed’ jalapenos if you’re not a chile head). Good luck to your Rockies. 🙂

  3. You can’t beat a good dog. We were just talking about picking a date to make our yearly trip to our local farm team park!

    • adamjholland says:

      Oh, Debra. I already have tickets for three teams and plans for three more. I truly love The Game. I hope all is well with you.

  4. Oh my this looks delish – in fact, I’m cooking up a pot of beans tomorrow because it’s about the rain and be cooler for a day. I think topping those beans with this relish (or chow-chow as we would call it) will be the perfect addition!

    • adamjholland says:

      What’s up with chow-chow, Kelli? I’ve always avoided it. Is the name getting to me? Here’s hoping for blue skies in Oklahoma. 🙂

  5. These great sounding recipes just keep coming!
    Cannot wait to try this.
    Go Mariners!

    • adamjholland says:

      OK, Jill. I really do appreciate you stopping by here. In fact, I like you. A lot. Still, don’t count on this first series of 2016. My Texas Rangers will win this division. 😉


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