Ruffles & Truffles

Texas Caviar for #SundaySupper

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 Comments on Texas Caviar for #SundaySupper

  1. Laura Hunter
    September 16, 2012 at 6:13 am (2 years ago)

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

  2. Cindys Recipes
    September 16, 2012 at 7:33 am (2 years ago)

    Quick and easy, Katie! So colorful too!

  3. Liz
    September 16, 2012 at 8:03 am (2 years ago)

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

  4. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    September 16, 2012 at 8:10 am (2 years ago)

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

    • Katie
      September 18, 2012 at 7:54 am (2 years ago)

      I’m definitely adding avocado to my Texas Caviar the next time I make it!

  5. Alaiyo Kiasi
    September 16, 2012 at 8:42 am (2 years ago)

    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.

  6. Amber @ Mama's Blissful Bites
    September 16, 2012 at 9:12 am (2 years ago)

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

    • Katie
      September 18, 2012 at 7:55 am (2 years ago)

      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.

  7. Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie
    September 16, 2012 at 10:16 am (2 years ago)

    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.

  8. Patti
    September 16, 2012 at 10:27 am (2 years ago)

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

  9. Crazy Kwistin
    September 16, 2012 at 10:51 am (2 years ago)

    Yum, this looks awesome!! :)

  10. Bea
    September 16, 2012 at 11:33 am (2 years ago)

    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 :)

    • Katie
      September 18, 2012 at 7:56 am (2 years ago)

      Bea – you could definitely make this recipe with black beans as well – I bet that would be tasty too! So many options…

  11. Tara Noland
    September 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm (2 years ago)

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

  12. diabeticFoodie
    September 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm (2 years ago)

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

    • Katie
      September 18, 2012 at 7:57 am (2 years ago)

      I had never put it on a salad before, and this time I tried it out and was wondering why I’d waited so long to do so!

  13. veronica gantley
    September 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm (2 years ago)

    I love Texas Caviar! Easy and yummy!

  14. Pam @ The Meltaways
    September 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm (2 years ago)

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

  15. Renee
    September 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm (2 years ago)

    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.

  16. Tammi @ Momma's Meals
    September 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm (2 years ago)

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

  17. Carla
    September 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm (2 years ago)

    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.

  18. chattering kitchen
    September 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Texas Caviar a great concept. I have to try it

  19. Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories)
    September 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm (2 years ago)

    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
      September 18, 2012 at 8:00 am (2 years ago)

      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!

  20. Kim Bee
    September 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm (2 years ago)

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

  21. Heather @girlichef
    Twitter: girlichef
    September 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm (2 years ago)

    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!

    • Katie
      September 18, 2012 at 8:00 am (2 years ago)

      It’s definitely a good recipe to serve at a game day party as well!

  22. Megan
    September 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm (2 years ago)

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

  23. Jamie (Mama.Mommy.Mom)
    September 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm (2 years ago)

    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 @

  24. Hezzi-D
    September 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm (2 years ago)

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

  25. Family Foodie
    September 16, 2012 at 10:40 pm (2 years ago)

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

  26. Faye Leong
    September 17, 2012 at 8:59 am (2 years ago)

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

  27. Sarah
    September 17, 2012 at 9:46 am (2 years ago)

    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!

    • Katie
      September 18, 2012 at 8:01 am (2 years ago)

      I like that name too!

  28. Susan
    September 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm (2 years ago)

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

  29. Sarah
    September 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm (2 years ago)

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

  30. Panama
    September 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm (2 years ago)

    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!

  31. Sunithi
    September 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the simplicity & wholesomeness in this dish :)


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