The Texas Caviar Your Crowd Will Love

It’s pretty easy to find a recipe that everyone “likes”, but how often do you find a recipe that everyone “REALLY LOVES”?  You know, that certain recipe people call and email you for; the dish where the serving bowl is ALWAYS scraped clean at parties and guests are asking for more. Well, if you don’t have one yet, feel free to take the recipe I’m sharing today and call it your own. It’s for Texas Caviar, a guaranteed crowd-pleaser I first discovered years ago when looking for a unique way to serve black-eyed peas at a New Year’s Day brunch I was hosting.

This Texas Caviar recipe is a tantalizing mixture of black-eyed peas, black beans, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, and Italian dressing that’s both spicy and refreshing! For parties, it pairs perfectly with tortilla chips, bread, or celery sticks AND is fantastic the next day over scrambled eggs, baked potatoes, or as an accompaniment to pork or chicken (be sure to make EXTRA for leftovers!). Even alongside fancy charcuterie platters, crab cakes I’d  labored over for hours, and elaborate cheese boards, this is always the dish that disappears first (yet, is the easiest to make!). If your crowd has a discerning palate, serve them this Texas Caviar recipe, you’re sure to get rave reviews!

Texas Caviar Recipe

½ red onion, diced
1 bell pepper (red or yellow), diced
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 (8 ounce) bottle zesty Italian dressing (or make your own)
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
½ teaspoon ground coriander
1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro


Mix together onion, bell pepper, green onions, jalapeno peppers, garlic, cherry tomatoes, Italian dressing, black beans, black-eyed peas, and coriander in large bowl. Cover and chill in the refrigerator approximately 2 hours. Add desired amount of fresh cilantro and serve.

Makes 16 servings

Recipe adapted from www.allrecipes.com


  1. Crystal:Yum! This looks delicious. As a native Texan, I feel compelled to make it on name alone. I'll have to try this the next time I have guests over- maybe for a "Texas" theme night!
  2. Rusty:Served with lime tortilla chips, one of the greatest all-time recipes for chips and dip due to the fresh, bold flavor!!!
  3. Roberta:This sounds amazing and the best part, easy to make! Thanks for sharing. I'm guessing I could add avocado or salsa to change the taste if I wanted.
  4. Christy:What a wonderful idea to serve this dish for a New Year's Day brunch or a healthy tailgate option. I love that it's easy to prepare.
  5. Kelley:This is an amazing recipe! A friend of mine often brings it to parties that I host and always goes home with "the empty dish"!!! A must try recipe!
  6. Lindsay:Great recipe! I LOVE the idea to serve leftovers over eggs! Will definitely try this one.