Thursday, December 30, 2010

Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar

A Texas favorite is the spicy dish of Texas Caviar. It's spicy and enjoyed whether one is celebrating New Years Eve, side dish for tail gate parties or any spring and summer family gathering. Folks from the rich and famous to the dirt poor and unknown love this dish. This dish calls for Black-eyed peas and black beans that are marinated in a tangy  flavorsome mixture. It is best serve with corn tortilla chips or bread. This recipe will show you how to make the dish along with a zesty dressing that works great on salads too.


  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic, about two cloves
  • 1 pint diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro
  • (8 ounces) Zesty Italian Salad Dressing (Note:) below we will show you how to make the it. 


  1. First take the black beans and black eye peas out of can and simmer.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together onion, green bell pepper, green onions, jalapeno peppers, garlic, tomatoes, zesty Italian dressing adding the black beans, black-eyed peas and coriander. Cover and chill in the refrigerator approximately 2 hours. Toss with desired amount of fresh cilantro to serve.
Note: If you are making this dish outdoors, just allow the dish to cool before serving. 

Zesty Italian Dressing :

1 cup of the vinegar of your choice (Apple Cider vinegar or Red Wine Vinegar)
1/3 cup of extra virgin cold pressed olive oil or canola oil 
2 tablespoons of water 
1/2 tablespoon garlic salt 
1/2 tablespoon onion powder 
1/2 tablespoon white sugar 
1 tablespoons dried oregano 
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 
1/2 teaspoon dried basil 
1/2 tablespoon dried parsley 
1/4 teaspoon celery salt 
1 tablespoons salt  
1/4 tsp sweet red pepper flakes 
Pinch of paprika   
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. sugar 
 In a bowl whisk together all the ingredients until perfectly blended. This can be hand blended. However, an immersion blender will whip into a off white creamy texture. Store in refrigerator for up to 90 days.

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