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Texas Caviar

This fun and versatile dip is hearty and perfect as an appetizer or side salad.  The classic Texan recipe was developed in the 1940's in Austin.  There are many different versions, but I am pretty sure the basic ingredients such as black-eyed peas, corn and peppers are always enhanced by traditional Mexican flavors such as cilantro, lime, cumin and jalepenos.

Most enjoy this caviar on a tortilla chip.  However, keep your napkins handy since it's hard keeping those peas on your chip - some help from your fingers may be required.  If you have leftovers, the caviar is equally delicious as a side salad, wrapped in a tortilla, or a topping for brown rice.

4 cups of cooked black-eyed peas (2 15-ounce cans, rinsed and drained)

1 cup red onion, chopped

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

3 jalapeño chile peppers, stems and seeds removed finely chopped

2 plum tomatoes, diced

1 cup chopped jicama

1 red bell pepper, seeds and stem removed, diced

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp lime juice

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt and black pepper, to taste

Combine first eight ingredients in a medium bowl.  In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, olive oil, cumin and garlic.  Stir mixed dressing into black-eyed pea mixture.

Serve with tortilla or pita chips.

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  1. Veganara
    As always with your recipes, Virtually Homemade, it sounds dee-lish! Vote no 2. Is cilantro what we call coriander here in Britain? I have just submitted a recipe, Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes, and a philosophical piece (with a silly title!) called Should Vegetables Have Rights Too?, so if you would like to read and vote for either of those, I would be grateful!
    1. BuddhasDelight
      yes, veganara, cilantro and coriander are interchangable. :) just like zucchini and courgette. it used to confuse me... and then there is eggplant/aubergine! funny!
  2. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    I'm on it Veganara and thanks for the positive comment!
  3. BuddhasDelight
    mmm! love the title, love the recipe. so easy, looking forward to whipping up a batch. :)
  4. Carolyn
    Vote #4! Sounds delicious! Sorry computer had a virus and I have not been on the site for several days.
  5. shell
    This sounds great! Can't wait to try it!!!! vote #6
    1. Virtually Homemade
      Virtually Homemade
      Thanks so much!
  6. Fifi Leigh
    Fifi Leigh
    it sounds good. it also sounds like it would make a good tex mex salad. maybe some salsa, as the dressing, would be place on top.
    1. Virtually Homemade
      Virtually Homemade
      Great idea!
  7. Roopam
    I love black eyed peas..they are also very healthy...sounds yummy:)


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