Classic Texas Caviar
Don't bother with soaking and cooking beans for Classic Texas Caviar - the canned variety works well. But skip the bottled dressing, and take a little extra time to measure your own vinegar, oil and spices.
Don't bother with soaking and cooking beans for Classic Texas Caviar - the canned variety works well. But skip the bottled dressing, and take a little extra time to measure your own vinegar, oil and spices.
Highly tasty. Highly addictive. We substitute one can of black-eyed peas for a can of shoepeg corn to add a little variety.
This recipe is AWESOME! I added only one jalepeno since I am a wimp and I use evoo and garlic wine vinegar instead of what is called for in the recipe, and I add a few more peppers and such. This is a must at get togethers!
I've made this many times before using Good Seasons salad dressing as the "marinade" - while that is good, this is MUCH better. A subtle yet tasty twang - I used Rotel tomatoes (blue can) beans, corn, black eyed peas, small diced chiles, some chopped jalapenos, cilantro, green onion and a couple squirts of lime juice - addictive way to squeeze in veggie servings!
This was awesome and I will definately make again. Word of caution: WHEN CHOPPING THE JALEPENO PEPPER, WEAR GLOVES!!! I had some weird reaction and my hands burned like they were on fire for about 6 hours. It was horrible!
i really like texas caviar but i only had balsamic vinegar so i used that and it was too strong. plus there was a lot of juice. i ate this as a side dish with a barbecue dinner and it wasn't as good as i remembered. i think eating it with tortilla chips would be a good accompinament. my kids thought the texture of the black-eyed peas was weird. i will try it again but with regular red wine vinegar.
This was a surprise hit at my last family party. I had an uncle in town who is vegan, so I tried to find something extra I could make for him to enjoy besides salad! My in-laws who are usually very resistant to trying anything new and different devoured it, and were asking for the recipe. Mine was a little on the blander side because I only used 1 jalapeno, and removed all the seeds and ribs because I didn't want it to be too spicy. So I had to re-season it with some salt, pepper, and garlic powder after it was refrigerated. So, just like the recipe states - taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking. I would make this again!
Made this to go along with a big BBQ I did. Everyone was a tad leery at first until they tried it, then it was gone in no time. Matter of fact, I didn't even get to try it. Thanks for the recipe!
I love this recipe! I make a double batch everytime. I do like to add a little bit more heat with an extra two serrano peppers and one or two more jalapenos. I also like to add a few fresh tomatos! Make sure you drain the fine diced tomatos really well and rinse and drain the peas.
I followed this recipe to the "T"... It was awsome. No changes needed. I made this for a dinner party and EVERYONE loved it, even the picky kids and hubby.
This was a delicous way to get our "good luck" black eyed peas for the new year. My husband hates black eyed peas but actually ate more than a spoonful of this.
Delicious. We make it once a week. Variations: - Substitute fresh basil for cilantro - Substitute 1 can of black beans for 1 can of the black-eyed peas - Add 1-2 cups corn, fresh or thawed frozen corn
It was good, I wasn't a big fan of it but others really liked it! Had to spice it up after it sat overnight.
I brought this Texas Caviar to a Family BBQ back in July and have since been asked to bring it to every family get together. It's simple to make and a nice addition to any party. It's now one of my go to recipes for parties.
Very good and got rave reviews at the party that I took this to. I used one can black beans, one can black eyed peas, cut the oil in half and used lime juice in place of. Oh, also used green onions in place of white. So yummy!
Wow! So so good. I diced fresh tomatoes instead and added white corn. I gave some to the neighbors who used it on fish tacos and they loved it.
This recipe was easy to make and a hit at the July 4th party I went to - I used roasted tomato salsa, not picante sauce... :) delicious!
Delicious! I substituted one can of the black eyed peas with black beans. Next time I make it, I will do it the night before to give the flavors time to blend. Thanks for the great recipe!
Very very good. I only use 1 can of black beans, add a can of corn, use fresh tomatoes and garlic, and make half the dressing (with almost full amount of spices). After 5 tries, this is the way we like it best. Also, it's not necessary for the fresh pepper to be a yellow or red pepper, green works just as well, and is even fresher tasting.
This was a HUGE hit with my family this weekend. It's traditionally good luck to eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day (southern tradition). We are not from Texas, but we live here and we don't care for black-eyed peas. This recipe was the bomb!!! Did not change anything, but did add one small can of diced green chiles. Thank you!
I love this because the seasonings are really well balanced and I go to this recipe for that part. I actually add a can of black beans, a can of shoe peg corn, just one jalapeño, green onions in the place of regular onion, and because I love bell pepper and frequently have several colors on hand, I dice some of each and add that too.
Not as tasty as I had hoped. I usually make Poor Man's Caviar by FAIRBORN on this site and I will continue to use that recipe. I sub Rotel for the tomatoes in both recipes, which adds flavor. I think I prefer the other recipe because the flavors are much more complex, the green onions, franks hot sauce, avocado,and oil and vinegar pairs perfectly with tortilla chips. It also calls for black beans instead of black eyed peas, which I also prefer.
I tried this recipe and it was ok. Too tangy/acidic for my taste and it lacked seasoning.
Awesome!!! I've made this several times and always get compliments. I sometimes change it up and add a can of corn and a can of black beans.
OMG - this was awesome. I subbed one can black beans for one of the black eyed peas, added yellow hominy and switched the yellow pepper to an orange one for color. Unlike a previous reviewer I used Balsamic vinegar and thought it was fine. I used the leftovers to make wraps with diced chicken and some avocado. I could eat this forever.
This is a great recipe to sneak in those black eyed peas for New Year's good luck. Served with corn chips, tortilla chips and cracked pepper and olive oil crackers, it was well received. Couldn't find my red wine vinegar so I used apple cider vinegar instead. Didn't seem to matter. This one I will definitely make again.
This is a family favorite with fritos scoops. I make a double batch adding black, pinto and small red kidney beans as well. I had been looking for a recipe with no corn as I don't care for it. The dressing was spot on, I added only a couple of tsp. of sugar. The cilantro is a must! Gets better even after a day or two!!
This is an awesome reicipe! My change was Black Olives(diced) instead of peas. Very healthy and delicious!!!! I make 2 double batches one spicey and one milder. Both disappear at every kind of event!
My husband loved it. Asked me to make it again. Change a couple things for our taste. Black beans instead of black eyed peas and no jalapenos. Still great. Definitely make again
This is wonderful! I made my own black eyed peas just to cut down on sodium. I also added one ear of fresh corn on the cob, used green bell pepper because that is what I had and I was out of cilantro. I also had to use Mezzeta tamed japolenos because I didn't have any fresh. Main point... ALL my kids LOVED it!! pretty good to get the kiddos eating some more healthier sides, hey are 5, 7 and 9!!!!
This is a little time consuming, but well worth it. I substitute black beans for black eyed peas. I'm always asked for the recipe.
Didn't use jalapenos or bell pepper since I didn't have any. Added 4 oz can chopped green chiles. Used canola oil instead of olive oil, and 1 fresh squeezed lime instead of red wine vinegar. I loved this recipe - flavorful, delicious, and satisfying. Next time I would probably use just half the oil though.
Huge Hit! I loved it, the kids loved it and it even went on the Dad's Camping trip and all the other kids and Dad's loved it. Great with tortilla chips. I ran out of red wine vinegar after 4Tbls. but it was plenty. I would also limit the oil to about 4Tbls. as well.
I followed this recipe fairly close. Only put in one jalapeno as we dont like it too hot. Added some flavor, but could use two and still fairly mild. Didnt put much olive oil as I didnt think it needed it. Also did not put cumin in as I dont care for it. I added a bit of spike seasoning which added a great flavor. I will make this again.
This was awesome! Made it as directed and it came out great!
Wow! This was soo good! I only used 4tbsp of EVOO and I used Rotel instead of plain petite diced tomatoes. I made this as an appetizer to serve with chips, but I think it would be great with tacos.
I'm a Texan and have tried a number of recipes for this dish--all good. However, everyone at my house on Super Bowl Sunday said: "You don't have to try any more Texas Caviar recipes. This one is a KEEPER." That's good enough for me--and, VERY unlike me--I didn't change a thing! Kudos to Pam Anderson for this great recipe.
I've had Texas Caviar previously, but I've never made it. This was both easy AND delicious! I had a friend tell me that he normally hates stuff like this and he couldn't stop eating it. The only things I changed were that I used a combo of red and green bells peppers, used Ro-Tel tomatoes instead of the diced, and added a squirt of lime juice at the end. This is even better the next day and I'm looking forward to enjoying this tasty concoction on my next batch of nachos!
I made this for a wedding shower and everyone loved it.
I have tried several recipes and think I like this one the most. Can be used with chips or to top chicken or fish. YUM!
My middle schooler considers this the "ultimate after school snack"!
Fantastic. i used 1 can black-eyed peas, 1 can black beans, and only 1 Jalapeno ( no seeds) and red, not yellow peppers. It disappeared when I took it to work. Was spicy but not upsetting to others' tummies.
One of the first dishes to be gobbled up at BBQ contest!
I love this dip - so easy and tasty. I've made it quite a few times now.
I had to make this recipe for a dinner group. It ended up being enough for our dinner party as well as another small party the next night and I still had left overs! My husband talks about it often. I used evoo because it was all I had. I served it with tortilla chips. I did drain out a little of the liquid because there seemed to be too much, but I think it would have been just as good with it all. I am definitely going to make again and again. It's a refreshing change to regular salsa.
We love this salad and the homemade dressing makes it so much better. Good as a salad or as an appetizer served with corn chips.
Great for parties!
Oh my gosh. This is soooo good! I used canned black beans instead of black-eyed, fresh tomatoes, and I added a lot of corn. It was delicious! I made 1/2 batch and it was gone within the hour. Very healthy too. This will be a regular item at our house.
This is SO good. Next time I think I will throw a can of corn in it.
I made this as an appetizer for a Mom's Night Out. Some of my friends are vegan, so this was perfect. Served with corn tortilla chips. Followed recipe to the "t".
This recipe is amazing. I followed it almost exactly although I did add kidney beans. It's so good. It's something that my friends (some vegan, some vegetarian, some meat eaters) all loved and wanted me to make over and over. This is definitely my new favorite go to meal. Thanks for the recipe.
This is wonderful, simple and nutritious! For more color and interest, I substituted one of the cans of black-eyed peas for a can of black beans then I added some canned corn. Perfect!
This has a perfect amount of olive oil and vinegar. I think some type of sweet flavor would have helped.
Absolutely fantastic. I made a bunch of changes (added avocado, used red rather than yellow pepper, omitted cilantro) and it was still delicious. The key, I think, is the awesome dressing!
Made this for New Year's Day and it was wonderful! We thought it was just right - I used two jalapenos but removed all seeds and most of the ribs... For our family - the heat was just right. A keeper - Thanks!
Everyone loved it, will make again!!
I make this recipe for all of the get-togethers I go to. It's awesome!
I used fresh tomatoes ...juice from 2 limes and 5 jalapenos..great dish
Addictive recipe!!!! I omitted the olive oil and added 2 diced avocados and the juice of one lime. Also, used fresh black eyed peas from the farmer's market, just boiled for a few minutes unil soft. Next time I may add another jalapeno. This will be made over and over in my house. Thanks!
Made this for a family dinner. It was a real hit. Family gobbled it up. It was used as a dip, on top of salad, and even over the grilled chicken. Thanks for a great recipe.
Superb! I halved the black eyed peas and added a can of black beans.
This recipe is the best version of TX Caviar I've found!
I really wanted to give this recipe 4 1/2 stars but I can't so I settled for 4. I took this dish to a get together and I had mixed reviews. I felt it was lacking something for taste, not sure what,but it could use something to sweeten it a little or maybe a little hot sauce to give it a kick. I did use black eyed peas and black beans, Rotel tomatoes, added a small can of corn, red onion, a little garlic powder and some diced avocado prior to serving.
This is always a hit at parties because it's light and easy to eat. I serve w/ Tostitos scoops. It makes it easy for people to walk by and grab a bite without spilling it off the chip. The only change I make is black beans for the black-eyed because of preferred taste.
Really delicious!!! Neede a different way to serve black eyed peas for New Years day. Make sure you let it set in the fridge for at least an hour to let the flavors meld. It really males all the difference.
I liked this recipe a lot. First time trying Texas Caviar. I changed the recipe to my liking and it turned out great. I replaced canned corn for the yellow pepper (didn't have yellow pepper). I also used one can black beans and one can black-eyed peas & doubled the jalepeno pepper. Also, I used just 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and the juice of two limes, real garlic instead of powder. Options are endless... Avocado would be a great addition as well!
The homemade dressing really kicks this recipe off! I did end up adding a few things. I omitted the jalapeno and the yellow bell pepper. I added a can of black beans, a can of pinto beans, 2 cans of shoepeg corn and 2 cans of chopped green chilis. Everyone flipped over it... will definitely make again!
Really good and easy to make, I do recommend chilling it for a few hours before you serve.
So, so, so good! I left out the jalapenos and reduce the amount of cilantro to let the other flavors shine. It ended up being perfect! A friend who has made another version of this for years asked me for the recipe because it was better than hers!
Texas Monthly Magazine featured an article about Texas Caviar this month. It says that Helen Corbitt, a head chef of Neiman Marcus for 17 years came up with the original recipe for this dish in 1940. Neiman Marcus even canned it and sold it in their stores. Just thought I would share a little bit of history.
Very yummy and healthy. I didn't have any bell pepper, so frozen corn was substituted.
This was so good - most recipes I came across use bottled Italian dressing so this was a nice substitute. Also, instead of 2 cans of black eyed peas, I used only one, added 1 can of black beans and one can full of thawed, frozen corn. For the onion, I used red and used red pepper insted of yellow. Great color! I only used one jalapeno as the ones I bought were TOO hot! As for the amount of dressing, I kept that the same. This is going to be a great recipe all summer long!
Complete success! I made this for a party and the bowl was clean by the time I was ready to go home!
Yum! I make this all the time adding a can of corn and some lime juice.
I live overseas and Wishbone is so terribly expensive and probably full of preservatives so I prefer to make the dressing myself. I pretty much followed the recipe except for using a different pepper as we also don't have jalapenos and it really hit the spot
VERY YUMMY! Perfect for a football party
I just made this for work and it's a hit. I used one can of black beans and one can of black-eyed peas, a can of corn in place of the bell pepper, and habenero peppers instead of jalepenos. I'll probably add one more pepper in the future to make it a little more spicy. Will make again!
This is so delicious! I used Hepworth Farms mixed cherry tomatoes and cut them in half instead of diced canned tomatoes. Also, I used half the seeds from one of the jalapeños for a little spice.
YUM! I cut the recipe in half and made10 servings however it was sooo good that I ended up eating it as a meal...hence it only made 2 servings. Will definately make A LOT MORE next time and keep it in the fridge for a nice snack/lunch.
I brought this to GNO last night and it was a hit. Everyone wanted the recipe. Next time I make this I will double the recipe and use fresh tomatoes instead of canned (a previous reviewer was correct -- if you use canned, drain very well!). Loved it!!
I have made this recipe for the office staff that I work with and they all love it. Everyone has asked for the recipe!! All of the flavors and textures are perfect together.
This was a great side dish. Tasted great, was pretty to look at and quick to make.
I always have to double this recipe, because it is so addicting. I follow the recipe exactly, slightly adjusting the jalepeno for heat and sometimes adding a ripe, chopped avacado or two.
I made this for a Christmas Eve gathering and it was such a hit!! Everyone loved it. I made it EXACTLY as written and served with Tostitos Scoops. Deliscious!!!! We really liked the black eyed peas, try them even if you think you won't like them.
I loved this! I had never had it before but it was delish. I had about a half can of black beans and added that as well, and used some red onion for the onion in the recipe. Great on tortilla chips and as the filling in lettuce wraps.
This recipe is really good! I used fresh grape tomatoes instead of canned and added some frozen corn. I don't like black eyed peas but really liked this! It tasted similar to a 3 bean salad to me.
I followed the recipe exactly and it's perfect. No sugar needed. YUM!
soooo...basicallyyyy this recipe is um lemme think AMAZINGGGG!!!!!!!
Really good recipe that could be used as a dip at a party. I used fresh tomatoes, pinto beans because they were in the pantry, and omitted the jalepeno for my wife. The red wine vinegar made it for me because it added just the right amount of sweetness.
This i an excellent party 'salsa'. I've made this a few times and loved it everytime. I do add a little more salt.
This is soooo good (and pretty good for you if you eat it with tortilla chips and not Fritos)! Of course, it tastes best with Fritos but you can make it healthy if you want. Fantastic recipe! This one is definitely a family favorite.
Thanks for a recipe that doesn't use the bottled dressings! I'd been looking for a Texas (Cowboy) Caviar recipe that skipped out on the preservatives and hydrogenated junk... this recipe is fresh and wonderful!
Awesome! We call it cowboy salsa and use black beans not black eyed peas. I also add diced avocado right before serving. Yummy!
This was very good. I used green onions instead of yellow and added a chopped habenero for some heat. Great with chips or alone.
This is outstanding! I've also tried adding a half-cup of partially cooked whole kernel corn, VERY well drained. I've had so many people ask for the recipe, that I started keeping copies of it on hand.
Love it! I made it last year for New Year's 2008 and I plan on making it again this New Year's eve. I served with with Tostito's scoops but also ate the left-overs by the spoonful. Yum, Yum, Yummy! Update: So I did make it for New Year's 2009. This time I added two chopped avocados and used 1 can of black-eyed peas and 1 can of black beans. I also didn't have fresh cilantro so I used dried. I'm still in love with this recipe!
I thought this was a nice appetizer/dip. Everyone seemed to like it. I especially liked it that I could make it a few days before and let it sit in the fridge.
This recipe is good.It's even better warm without the vinegar and add shredded cheddar cheese and serve with tortillas. Much tastier.
Excellent!! No need to ever buy salsa again!!!