Texas Caviar….

Texas Caviar isn’t like normal Caviar.

I don’t remember where I first had this yummy black-eyed pea dip, and I don’t know what other names it might go by, I have always known it as Texas Caviar.

Texas Caviar isn’t very spicy, the way I make it, and it tastes amazing!


I’m mid-way through my party prep. I believe I am where I need to be, I should be ready and relaxed for Saturday night. I have bought all the ingredients I need to make all my party goodies. Today is supposed to be a rainy day, which will give me a great incentive to finish my cleaning and laundry. The temperature is supposed to be in the 50’s (50 degrees F), so I might make a nice pot of soup for dinner.

I posted this recipe in May, it is one of my party “go to” recipes. If I had to choose between Texas Caviar and Salsa with my tortilla chips, I’d pick Texas Caviar 9 times out of 10.

This recipe is easy to put together, and make ahead friendly.

Texas Caviar

  • Black-eyed peas (I used the canned variety, but you could work with fresh or frozen(just cook them first) rinsed and well drained
  • 1 diced and seeded jalapeno (I used mild pickled, diced jalapeno because I like the mild-er flavor)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of oil (I used a canola blend, because it is lighter in texture and flavor)
  • 2 TSBP of minced garlic
  • a dash of salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp of cilantro

Mix it all together

  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours
  • Serve with tortilla chips.
  • This is an easy party favorite that you can make ahead, I usually make it 1 or 2 days before the party.

It’s a wonderful casual appetizer.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting two punch recipes. One for sangria and one for a non-alcoholic punch with sherbet in it.




  1. o wow, that sounds really good!

  2. that looks so easy and i still have cilantro in the garden, i could make this, i will quickly pop some peas in to soak..

  3. Cold and rainy here too–and we’re on the same page once again ’cause I have soup planned for dinner 😀 Peanut stew, in fact. Yumm. And I don’t know if I’ve ever cooked with black eyed peas—woah, how have I managed to accidentally avoid that? Especially when this looks so simple and tasty.

  4. Mmm, black-eyed peas!

  5. I’ve never had this before! Looks quick and easy enough and plenty yummy!!

  6. Oh I love the idea of Texas Caviar – wish I had some black eyed peas in the pantry – fear not, they are on my shopping list.
    have a super evening.
    🙂 Mandy

  7. hope you have a super party 🙂

  8. I’m always up for different versions of caviar. ffwD made us make an eggplant version!

  9. Why have I still not made this yummy dish? Have added Black Eyed Peas to my shopping list! Hope the party goes well…not long now.

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