I love Harry & David’s Onion Pepper Relish mixed with cream cheese. It makes the most delicious and quick dip.  I thought a little homemade jar of this would make a yummy gift that would be handy for friends to have on hand for holiday entertaining.


Onion and Pepper Relish

5 –  14.5 oz. cans chopped tomatoes (drained)

6 bell peppers (seeds and ribs removed) (I used two each of red, yellow and green)

6 cups sugar

2 Tablespoons salt

1 – 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (I used 1 1/2 tsp)

6 jalapeno peppers with seeds and ribs removed (a spoon does this easily)

3 medium onions

2 cups white vinegar

2 small boxes powered pectin (1.75 oz)

First chop all vegetables. It goes together very easily once all the chopping is done. To make this quicker I used a food processor.


Mix everything together, except the pectin, in a large pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer about 1 hour. Add in the  pectin and boil for 1 minute.


Pour relish into hot sterilized half pint jars, leaving about 1/2 inch head room. I needed 13 half pint jars.


Place lids and rings on jars. Process jars by placing them in a large pot of water. Water level should be an inch over jars. Boil for 15 minutes.  Carefully remove jars from water and allow to cool. You know jars are sealed when there is no give in the lid.

I plan to attach a tag to mine that says, “For an easy dip, mix jar contents with 2 – 8 oz packages of cream cheese and serve with corn chip scoopers.”


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  1. I made one batch and it all went,nobody knew it wasn’t Harry and David. I was wondering though about the pectin does it make the texture more like a jam.i also wanted to know if one box is1.75 oz and you use 2 of them.

  2. I have used 5 cups chopped, peeled tomatoes in place of the cans. I also have used two 29.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes. Sometimes on sale for $1 each. Easier than peeling and chopping tomatoes!

  3. This recipe turned out great and is very forgiving. I used blanched and peeled tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, banana peppers, and jalapenos from my garden. I followed the advice of commenters and was sure to cook it down for at least 3 hours. It had been simmering nicely, so I went to play a soccer game with my son and his friends. When I came back on, it was boiling on low and starting to scorch. It STILL turned out fine. It added a nice smoky flavor.
    The jars sealed nicely, the color is rich, and I plan to share a few jars as gifts if I can part with them.

  4. am I able to sub fresh tomatoes for the canned? I’m looking for ways to use up my abundance of tomatoes from my garden!!!

  5. I use a pressure cooker for processing. What would be the processing time in a pressure cooker for this recipe?

  6. Love this recipe! Husband even likes it in chili and mixed in meatloaf. Can this and use all year round. THANKS!

  7. We made this once before. This time I just used 4 cups of sugar. It was very sweet last time and I added more crushed pepper flakes. I’m thinking it will be spicey . We are going to give this for Xmas !,, last time it was good but I’m hoping it will be better this time. Thank you

  8. I just finished processing 9 – 1/2 pint jars. Followed the recipe except for the pectin. I did not add any pectin ! Just cooked the mixture down until it was thick. I think someone in a previous comment said 2 1/2 hours, but it only took 2 hours for me. Processed in water bath and the jars started popping (sealing )as soon as I got them out.The flavors become more intense w/longer cooking and NO pectin needed. You must stir fairly often, but the result is worth the effort.

  9. I used to work for Harry and David and loved making this dip. Since most of the stores here in my state closed down except for one, it has been hard to come by. I am excited to try this and see if I can taste the difference. Thanks for the tips 🙂

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  11. Will be making my second batch this weekend. People fought over my last jars! Recipe is perfect. I drained my tomatoes really well and then used a salad spinner to take out a little more juice. Great recipe!

  12. Was at a Christmas party today. I TASTED hds PEPPER 7 ONION relish, YUM. i’m going to make some this week. Can I mix Sugar with Splenda< as I'm Diabetic? I wander if the consistentcy would be the same. Thanks, Edith Walker

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