My Favorite Texas Caviar Recipe

We southerners love our black-eyed peas, beans and corn, but sometimes we need to dress 'em up a little with a few extra ingredients. When we have a party going on, we like to make something called Texas Caviar. 

You'll find a dozen or more recipes for Texas Caviar online, but this is my favorite. Being single, I hardly ever make this unless I have someone to share it with, but I have been known to make it and eat on it for days.

It's a great afternoon snack for kids -- healthy and will keep them filled up for hours. This is something you won't feel guilty about them sneaking into the fridge for, and it's absolutely great for play dates when they get hungry. A couple of quart mason jars full of this with a large bag of chips makes a good hostess gift for a tailgating party too.

Ingredients: 

2 cans black-eyed peas, washed and well-drained
1 can black beans, washed and well-drained
1 can white shoepeg corn, drained
1 can yellow corn, drained
1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained or 2 cups fresh diced tomatoes
1 small green bell pepper, 1/2 each small red and yellow bell peppers, chopped (Optional - just for color, but if you leave this out, use a large green bell pepper)
1 medium purple onion, chopped (Just for color - can substitute any onion)
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped (Optional. I replace this with sweet banana peppers or a tablespoon of crushed red pepper)
8 ozs. Zesty Italian Salad Dressing (I use whatever has been on sale lately, but honestly - I like Kraft the best for this recipe because it's thicker and sticks to the ingredients better.)

Chop and mix all ingredients with the Italian dressing, making sure everything is saturated. Leave in the refrigerator overnight for best flavor, but at least for 2 hours, stirring occasionally to make sure to keep everything saturated. Serve with Fritos Scoops or your favorite healthy brand of tortilla or corn chip. You really do need "scoop" chips, though, because this doesn't stay on regular chips too well.

This also makes a wonderful topping for tacos, or put your favorite meat into a tortilla with this and wrap it up.

Enjoy!

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