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Texas Caviar

We LOVE this Texas Caviar! It's loaded with black-eyed peas, peppers, and tomatoes. Great with chips!

BEST cowboy caviar
Elise Bauer

Texas caviar, what a name! Credited with its invention is the legendary Austin-based Neiman-Marcus chef Helen Corbitt, who popularized this bean dip in the 1940s.

Texas caviar (also called "cowboy caviar") is a cold black-eyed pea salad, with chiles, onions, and bell peppers that doubles as a dip for tortilla chips.

This particular version of the recipe comes from my friend Lisa Fain, food blogger extraordinaire, and author of the Homesick Texan Cookbook.

Now most of the food we make around here gets shared among many—parents, boyfriend, friends, brothers, neighbors. But this one? I did not share. Mine. All. Mine.

It's that good.

Texas caviar can be served either as a little side salad, perhaps on some butter lettuce if you like, or it can be used as a dip, like salsa, for tortilla chips.

You will find that if you make it as a dip, well, it takes a steady hand to keep the beans from falling of the chips. But, it's well worth it. Enjoy!

Texas Caviar

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Recipe by Lisa Fain, the Homesick Texan. Republished with permission of author.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of cooked black-eyed peas (2 15-ounce cans, rinsed and drained)
  • 8 green onions, just the green parts thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 jalapeño chile peppers, stems and seeds removed (wear gloves! do not touch your eyes after handling them!), finely chopped
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced, or 1/2 cup of canned diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeds and stem removed, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Method

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the black-eyed peas, green onion greens, cilantro, chopped jalapeño, tomatoes, bell pepper, and garlic.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, and cumin. Pour over the the black-eyed pea mixture. Stir to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Best chilled for several hours. Serve cold as a side salad or with tortilla chips.

Links:

Black Eyed Pea Salsa - great with cheese quesadillas!

Black Eyed Pea Salad - with a Greek twist, with spinach, olives, and sun-dried tomatoes

Hoppin' John - classic black-eyed peas for New Year's