Spicy South African Tomato Relish

Spicy South African Tomato Relish - Sweet and tangy, this flavorful condiment is perfect for grilled meats or veggies. Make it now and elevate your meals!

Spice up your life with the bold flavors of South Africa in this vibrant tomato relish! A symphony of sweet, sour, and spicy notes, this relish brings together the freshness of tomatoes, the zest of ginger, and the crunch of bell peppers, all bound together with a hint of heat from the serrano peppers.

Ready Time

30 mins


4 servings


  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups mixed color bell peppers, diced
  • 2 large fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons serrano peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey


Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until it starts to caramelize.

Add the diced bell peppers and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until they’re tender.

Add the diced fresh tomatoes, chopped cilantro, grated ginger, salt, black pepper, and chopped serrano peppers to the skillet. Stir well to combine.

Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the mixture has thickened slightly and the flavors have melded together.

In a small bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar and honey until well combined. Pour the vinegar-honey mixture over the relish mixture in the skillet.

Stir well to combine.

Reduce heat to low and simmer the relish for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until it has thickened to your liking. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Serve chilled or at room temperature alongside your favorite dishes.


This Spicy South African Tomato Relish recipe makes about 4 servings, so adjust the ingredient quantities as needed if you’re serving a larger crowd.

For the best flavor, use fresh and high-quality ingredients, especially the tomatoes and cilantro.

Feel free to adjust the level of heat in the relish by using more or fewer serrano peppers, depending on your taste preference.

This relish is quite versatile, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different pairings – it’s great alongside grilled meats, as a dip for veggies, or as a topping for crackers or bread.

Nutrional Value

  • Calories: 170
  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 100mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 22g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars: 16g
  • Protein: 2g
Spicy South African Tomato Relish
Spicy South African Tomato Relish

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