Moon’s “World-Famous Texas Trail Relish”

Texas Trail Relish ingredients courtesy of Todd Moon
For over 25 years I’ve been making an original spicy concoction simply known as “Trail Relish”.

I know of no other recipe like it. One secret ingredient is “Comino Molido” aka Ground Cumin — it sets my Trail Relish apart (“If it ain’t brown, I ain’t down!”).

Another secret ingredient? Tears.
The mix should be so gnarly that you shed a tear during preparation. That’s when you know it’s good.

A good rule of thumb for preparing it is to have no exact measurements, and always make it hotter than you’re comfortable with. (If you’re weak just add lime juice, it reduces the spiciness.)

Trail Relish Recipe:


    Fresh Veggies:
  • Cilantro
  • White Onion
  • Green Onion
  • Jalepeno Peppers
  • Serrano Peppers
  • Habanero Peppers (if you're mad)
  • Fresh Lime Juice
Texas Trail Relish veggy ratios courtesy of Todd Moon

    Old Spices:
  • Comino Molido
  • Chunky Sea Salt
  • Sal con Limón, or Twang™
  • Black Pepper
Texas Trail Relish spice ratios courtesy of Todd Moon


  1. Don’t wash anything; just shake off any debris.
  2. Chop everything first (not too fine though).
  3. Mix up 1/2 of Cilantro and 1/2 of the other veggies.
  4. Place a base of chopped Cilantro in a large bowl
  5. Add some spices
  6. Add chopped Peppers & Onions
  7. Add more Cilantro
  8. Add more Spices
  9. Pour one cup of fresh-squeezed Lime Juice in there
  10. Shake it up

Taste it:

Did it hurt?
Add more Peppers

Does it stink?
Add more Onion and Comino Molido

Is it brown?
Add more Comino Molido

Is it sour?
Add more Lime Juice

Are you mad?
Add finely chopped Habenero Peppers

Is it done?
When you're angry and in pain, your breath stinks and your eyes are watering... add a dash of cold Lone Star Beer™. Shake and stir again until there is a mix of greenish-brown death juice at the bottom.

Moon's World Famous Texas Trail Relish


Stick in the fridge.


Mix again before serving. Garnish with Peppers and Lime (cut in quarters) on top of the mix. Best served with burnt hot dogs on tortillas or hot dog buns with a side of lukewarm Lone Star™!

Texas Trail Relish courtesy of Todd Moon

Legal disclaimer:

People either love or hate Trail Relish, so always warn people what they are getting into.

Any modifications to this recipe makes it suck!

If you add tomatoes, it’s no longer Trail Relish. It's now basically just really good Pico de Gallo and you have insulted me with your bad taste, poor judgement and no sense of integrity or respect.

(The only authorized modification I accepted is a bit of chopped Radish, aka “Louie Natal Style.”)

Much Love,
Todd Moon 9th Street BMX Austin, Texas - Creator of Trail Relish