September 16, 2012

The recipe I’m going to share with you today comes with many memories for me. Ever since I can remember, my mother has been making Texas Caviar, and this amazing salsa/dip is one of my all time favorites.

For those who don’t already know this; I was born and raised around Dallas, TX (before moving to a number of other places). Texas is a land of amazing food, including Mexican, and I grew up loving it. When I heard that the theme for this week’s Sunday Supper was a Mexican Fiesta, I thought I’d contribute with a little bit of Tex-Mex flair, if you will! I have many fond memories of eating Texas Caviar with my family. My mom always whips up a batch for us to eat on New Year’s Day, since it’s a tradition to eat black eye peas for good luck in the new year. We’ve introduced this recipe to many others over the years at get-togethers, and it always seems to be a favorite.

Texas Caviar is sure to be a crowd pleaser for a gathering, and it is perfect to prepare for parties. You can easily double the recipe for a large group around your Sunday Supper table, and preparing the Texas Caviar in advance (preferably letting it sit overnight) makes it taste even better! It’s got crunch from the peppers, a smooth texture from the black eye peas, and a zing from the Italian dressing it is marinated in. Plus, the ingredients are all fresh and healthy – you don’t need to feel guilty for indulging in a few scoops!

You can even take this recipe up a notch or two with additions. Throw in some chopped pieces of cooked bacon…or toss in chunks of diced avocado right before serving for an extra treat. It’s up to you! And, if you aren’t in the mood to scoop your Texas Caviar with tortilla chips, it is a great topping to spoon over lettuce for a Tex-Mex style salad (add some sliced grilled chicken too!).

Texas Caviar


1 (14oz) can black eye peas, drained

1 cup corn kernels (if using frozen, thaw before using)

1 medium tomato, diced

3 green onions, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 medium green pepper, diced

5 tbsp Italian dressing

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

1 jalapeno pepper, diced (optional)


1. Combine black eye peas, corn, tomato, green onion, garlic, and green pepper in a large bowl. Toss gently to mix well. Pour Italian dressing over the mixture and gently stir to coat.

2. Cover and marinate at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. Texas Caviar is best if left overnight!

3. Before serving, drain excess liquid that accumulates, and serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!



Are you in the mood for some more Mexican recipes? Make sure you check out the other contributions to this Sunday Supper – there are some delicious offerings for sure!

Sopas (Soups), Ensaladas (Salads), and Entremeses (Starters)

La Comida (the food)

Postres (desserts)

Bebidas (beverages)

64 Responses to “Texas Caviar for #SundaySupper”

  1. Laura Hunter says:

    I have heard people talk about Texas caviar but until now I had no idea what they were talking about. It looks good

  2. Quick and easy, Katie! So colorful too!

  3. Liz says:

    Mmmmm….this is the best looking Texas caviar I’ve ever seen! Perfect for Mexican Independence Day, tailgating or anytime!!! Happy #SundaySupper~

  4. It´s easy and sounds so flavorful! Love to add some avocado to it. Have a nice sunday!

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  7. Alaiyo Kiasi says:

    You know, I’ve eaten this dish before at someone’s home and didn’t realize that it’s called Texas Caviar. I really love black-eyed peas and always have some on hand. Thanks for this recipe. I’ll be making this TODAY as a side for our family’s #SundaySupper.

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  9. I have seriously been waiting for this recipe! Thank you for posting! Happy #SundaySupper!

  10. Mmm I love Texas caviar! We make it on New Years too.

    • Katie says:

      What a coincidence! I honestly have never seen anyone else make it, but based on the comments, it isn’t as rare as I thought! Yum yum yum.

  11. Gorgeous! This is one of my favorite apps!

  12. I’ve never heard of Texas Caviar but it looks so yummy!

  13. I can’t remember if I’ve ever had Texas caviar or not. I lived in Amarillo for 3 years when I was little, with my great-grandmother who introduced me to my love of Southern food. I bet this would also be delicious served on top of carne asada.

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  15. Patti says:

    Love all the textures in this appetizer! I could just keep munching on this one!

  16. Yum, this looks awesome!! :)

  17. Bea says:

    I honestly had no idea what Texas Caviar was going to be. I was expecting to see a lot of black beans :) – This looks and sounds fantastic. Quick, easy, with all the flavors we love. I certainly will have to serve this to my family soon. Thank you for sharing :)

  18. Tara Noland says:

    That looks great and I had no idea what to expect with Texas Caviar as the title!!

  19. I’ll bet this is fabulous spooned over a salad! Thanks for another black-eyed pea option for New Year’s.

  20. I love Texas Caviar! Easy and yummy!

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  22. I’ve wanted to try this forever! Yours look fabulous!

  23. Renee says:

    This brings back so many memories for me. I haven’t had this dip in years and years. Thanks for reminding me of it and all the good times that went along with it.

  24. I love this!! This is so right up my alley! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Carla says:

    Never heard of Texas Caviar! Cooking with black eyed peas is one my list of culinary things to do, so this looks like a keeper.

  26. Texas Caviar a great concept. I have to try it

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  28. I have heard of this many times before, but have never tried it. Looks perfect for chips!

  29. Oh, I really like this as a new years eve food! We make lots of party food on New Years Eve and I never include anything with black eyed peas. Love that it’s so healthy too and I really like the idea of adding some diced avocado to it.

    • Katie says:

      I definitely love it for New Year’s Eve/Day! I am not a huge fan of the southern way of preparing black eye peas – with ham and collard greens, etc…so it’s a fresh option!

  30. Kim Bee says:

    This is incredible, it’s so pretty and yummy. I am in love with this dish.

  31. Heather @girlichef
    Twitter: girlichef

    I have not tried this before…and I can’t believe it! I’ll be adding to one of our game day menus this year – sounds perfectly addictive!

  32. Megan says:

    Cannot wait to make this. I was jealous last week with the sneak peek!!

  33. This is one of my favorite type apps… It’s really very healthy and definitely full of protein thanks to the beans. I’m going to need to make some this week.

    Jamie @

  34. Hezzi-D says:

    I;ve heard of this but have never seen it-now I can’t wait to make it! It looks tasty.

  35. I can’t wait to try Texas Caviar… all my favorite things are in this amazing dip! Thank you for sharing during #SundaySupper!

  36. Faye Leong says:

    A tasty and healthy recipe! Thank you for sharing with us.

  37. Sarah says:

    It’s such a clever name! A friend of mine actually called her’s dixie cavier. I guess every region has it’s own name for the dish. Dish sounds and looks amazing!

  38. Susan says:

    I was totally intrigued by your dish, since I had never heard of it. Now I know! Gorgeous pics.

  39. Sarah says:

    I can’t believe I’ve never actually had this – I keep seeing it but never take it!

  40. Panama says:

    I LOVE Texas caviar! Friends bring it to potlucks all the time here in Austin. I’ve never made it myself, though. Great recipe, Lana!

  41. Sunithi says:

    Love the simplicity & wholesomeness in this dish :)

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