Spicy Chorizo Soup and Chow Chow

As the weather cools in the States, gardens are slowing down and many of us are shifting to meals that warm us up. Over on Popcorn Homestead, you’ll find one of my family’s go-to cool season meals: chorizo soup. Whip it up with fresh tomatoes and peppers from the garden and top it with the salty crunch of tortilla chips or baked tortillas and you’ll soon know why it’s a family favorite.

And if you’re pondering what to do with the green tomatoes still hanging on the vine as autumn approaches, may I suggest a batch of chow-chow? I shared a little bit of nostalgia as well as my recipe for this relish made from green tomatoes over on New Life on a Homestead recently. It’s an excellent addition to a hot dog bun, though not like anything you’d find in a store.

 

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  • I had never heard of Chow-Chow. Thanks for sharing these ideas for end of summer gardens.

  • Sonia ,

    Chow chow was very popular in SC when I lived there….I haven’t made it in years! Thank you!

    • Kris Bordessa ,

      Is it a Southern thing, Sonia? My family is from Portugal; I’m not sure if it’s something that came with them from the Azores or if it’s something picked up here after they immigrated.

  • I’ve had chow chow on the brain lately… great minds think alike, right? Since we had a lot of unripe tomatoes left over after the rain, this is just the ticket.

    • Kris Bordessa ,

      I’m surprised to see a couple of people here who are familiar with chow chow.

  • I’ve never heard of Chow Chow either. Thanks for this! The soup looks wonderful when the weather cools.

    • Kris Bordessa ,

      I don’t think many people have heard of it. It’s good, though!

  • April ,

    I think it is a Southern thing. I’m from the South and I know about chow chow. I bought chorizo this morning so I can try your recipe this week. How long ago did your family come from Portugal? I speak Portuguese fluently. Brazilian Portuguese. I love the Portugal accent. It’s sexy.

    • Kris Bordessa ,

      Oh, I wish I could speak fluently. All I can do is curse. ;) Both of my maternal great-grandfathers came from the Azores, so it’s far enough in the past that much of the language/heritage has been lost. We still make Portuguese sweet bread, though!

  • April ,

    It’s a beautiful language. It’s easy to let it go from one generation to the next. My kids don’t speak at all. They hear me speak to friends and they look at me like I have 3 heads while they try desperately to understand what I’m saying.

    I’m making this soup right now. I thought I had defrosted steak for dinner, and it’s ham. I don’t have time to deal with the ham, so I’m whipping this up! It smells good.

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