Sacaton Relish

Sacaton is a village on the Gila River Reservation near Sacaton, Arizona (Pima Indians). This is usually served as an accompaniment to eggs or grilled meat.


  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped fresh, mild, green chiles, peeled and seeded
  • 1 chopped fresh or canned jalapeno
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • Salt (optional)


  1. Heat drippings in a skillet. Add chiles and jalapeno and sauté until translucent. Add tomatoes and sauté 5 minutes more.
  2. Season with salt, if desired.
  3. Remove relish with a slotted spoon and serve with eggs or meat.

Yield: about 1 1/2 cups