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Texas caviar

southwestern bean dip
Texas, USA
Texas caviar is a classic dip in the Lone Star State. And don’t let the name fool you, there is nothing fishy about this dip.

Serve as a dip with tortilla chips or as a side dish.

  1/2 onion, chopped
  1 green bell pepper, chopped
  1 bunch green onions, chopped
  2 serrano or jalapeno peppers, minced
  1 tablespoon minced garlic
  1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
  1 (8 ounce) bottle zesty Italian dressing
  2 (15 ounce) cans black-eyed peas, drained
  1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro
  Salt and pepper to taste


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

Fun Variations

Substitute fresh lime or lemon juice for the Italian dressing.

Garnish with avocado chunks on the side.

Add 1 can of corn or hominy.

Use mixed color bell peppers (red, orange, yellow and green).

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