Spicy Tomato Relish

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I really love to make burgers! I make one most every week for my family. I love how versatile they are. You can change up the meats, the cheeses, the toppings, and the sauces – it’s the true definition of “the possibilities are endless”. The sauces are maybe the most fun when it comes to burger creations. You can do so much with a great sauce when it comes to a burger. My latest creation is a Spicy Tomato Relish. My son called it “homemade ketchup only WAAAAAAAY better!”

Spicy Tomato Relish

You are going to get a little worried when you make this relish. You will think it’s too watery and never going to come together as a sauce. Just have the faith – let it boil and then let it simmer. You will get this delicious relish to come together so beautifully your family will beg for it over and over.

Let me be clear – this is a SPICY relish – you are going to get a real kick of heat from this sauce. When I put it on the burger I added a avocado mayo & Italian dressing combo to help mellow it out, along with a Monterey Jack cheese. A simple beef burger patty (ground beef, egg, parsley, garlic powder, minced onion, salt, and red pepper flakes.)

Spicy Tomato Relish Burger

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!


Spicy Tomato Relish

A simple weeknight sauce – perfect for your burger, sandwich, pizza, steak or chicken
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword jam, relish, Sauce, spicy, tomato, tomato relish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2 lb Cherry Tomatoes halved
  • ½ cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Ginger grated
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon


  • Prepare all the ingredients.
  • In a saucepan over medium high heat, add all ingredients. Bring just to a boil, stirring frequently. Let boil for 10 minutes, gently mashing the tomatoes with spoon.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 10 minutes. Serve immediately or put in airtight container for up to 10 days in refrigerator.

Estelle Forrest self-published this cookbook after a lot of playing around in the kitchen. You can purchase your own copy here:


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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

4 thoughts on “Spicy Tomato Relish

  1. shelbeeontheedge1 – Watertown, NY – Over 40 Blogger living on the edge of sanity, midlife, and fashion. Army wife, boymom, and serious coffee drinker.
    shelbeeontheedge1 says:

    This looks amazing, Estelle! I wonder if you could even use it as a marinade or even as the sauce for a spicy beef barbecue or something like that. Yum!


  2. shelbeeontheedge1 – Watertown, NY – Over 40 Blogger living on the edge of sanity, midlife, and fashion. Army wife, boymom, and serious coffee drinker.
    shelbeeontheedge1 says:

    This looks amazing, Estelle! I bet it would make an wonderful marinade as well or a sauce for a spicy beef barbecue. Thanks for linking!


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