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What Is Texas Caviar? We've Got The Recipes You'll Love

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What Is Texas Caviar? We've Got The Recipes You'll Love

Don't be fooled by the name. Texas caviar doesn't come from fish. In fact, seafood does not form part of the recipe at all. This beloved Southern dish is a wonderful appetizer perfect for tailgating on game day or entertaining friends at a barbecue.

Texas caviar is completely guilt free, as it is made up of legumes and vegetables. Curious about how to make it? We've got you covered! Keep on reading to discover a classic Texas caviar recipe plus variations you'll love.

What is Texas caviar?

Texas caviar is a hearty salad composed of black-eyed peas in a tangy vinaigrette dressing. Often times, it is prepared with the addition of corn, different types of beans, and even avocado.

Texas caviar is meant to be consumed as a dip accompanied by chips so it's the perfect party food. It also goes by the name Cowboy Caviar.

Texas Caviar Recipe: How to Make It at Home

A classic Texas caviar recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients:

  • black-eyed peas
  • diced tomatoes
  • diced jalapeño peppers
  • diced onion
  • bell peppers
  • cilantro

These are seasoned to taste then tossed together with red wine vinegar and olive oil. Texas caviar may be refrigerated but it also tastes great at room temperature.

Click here for the step-by-step recipe.

Texas Caviar with Black Beans

Mixing black-eyed peas with black beans yields a tasty Texas caviar that will definitely satiate your hunger. Try this easy recipe which also includes chili powder, red onions and fresh tomatoes. For written instructions, click here.

Texas Caviar with Avocado

Avocado adds a nice creaminess to Texas caviar but it should be combined gently to prevent it from turning to mush. This delicious recipe for avocado cowboy caviar also includes the addition of maple syrup which enhances the natural sweetness of the beans. Looking for more ways to use avocados? Give these 15 recipes a try.

Boozy Texas Caviar with Corn

If you are looking to kick things up a notch give then this recipe for boozy Texas caviar is for you! It contains corn kernels, black olives and scallions in addition to black-eyed peas and diced tomatoes. Fresh lime adds a pleasant tartness while tequila makes this an adults-only treat. Cheers! 

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Hungry for more?

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