Easy Texas Caviar Recipe

Texas caviar is simply a fun name for a southern-inspired dip that is sure to please. This dish has the perfect combination of ingredients and is mixed with a yummy dressing that includes red wine vinegar — taking the taste up a few notches. While guacamole and salsa are good in their own regards, this dip or side is perfect if you're looking for something that is slightly out of the box but still incredibly yummy. You can serve this to your family, or it would also be great to bring it to a backyard BBQ. Another great thing is that it takes just 10 minutes to throw together. You really can't beat that! 

Registered dietician Kristen Carli from Scottsdale, Arizona, is the creator of this tasty recipe. She shares that she likes this recipe because it's very nostalgic. "I love this dish," Carli says. "My mom used to make this all the time when we were growing up. It's a great dish for a potluck!"

If you've made Texas caviar before, then we'll teach you again. If you're new to the recipe, then let us take you along. Trust us — you don't want to skip out on this! 

Gather the ingredients

First and foremost, it's time to make a list of ingredients you will need to get at the store. You will need a few canned goods, which you may already have at home, including shoepeg corn and black-eyed peas. Both of these items should be drained and rinsed before you use them. In addition, the recipe calls for a few fresh ingredients, all of which should be chopped and diced, including an avocado, Roma tomato, cilantro, and green onion.

You'll also need a handful of items that you may already have at home, including olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and ground cumin. Last but not least be sure you have some tortilla chips for dipping!

Mix the caviar

First, take out a large bowl that is suitable for mixing. You will need to fit quite a few ingredients in here, so be sure the bowl you select is big enough for everything to fit. Add in the corn and black-eyed peas. Remember, these should be drained and rinsed before they go in because you don't want too much extra liquid in your Texas caviar 

Now, you can also toss in the chopped avocado, tomato, cilantro, and green onions. Go ahead and give the mix a good stir to combine everything together. 

Make the dressing

Now, it's time to mix up the yummy dressing that goes on top of your veggies. For this mix, you'll need another bowl. Don't worry — it can be small, as there is not a ton of liquid that needs to go into it. Add the olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin. Take out your whisk and whisk the mix well, so everything gets combined. This would also be a great dressing for a light salad if you make extra! 

Combine the dressing and veggies

Here comes the easiest part of the process — combining everything together. Take your dressing and pour it over the bowl with the veggie mix. Stir everything together so that it is well combined. The colors in the dip should look fantastic and super summery. And once you try it, you'll see that it tastes even better than it looks. 

You can either keep the dip in the same bowl that you used to combine everything, or alternatively, you can serve it in something fancier if you're having guests over. Keep scrolling for the last and final step! 

Serve and enjoy

Once you select your serving dish, it's time to enjoy the dip. Yep, that's it. We told you it would be easy! Carli recommends serving this with tortilla chips as it makes a perfect dip for any occasion. Alternatively, she shares that it "would be great served with protein." We think that this mixture poured over a piece of grilled chicken in the summer would be the perfect meal.

If you happen to have any leftovers, they will keep for a few days. "These will last in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days," Carli says. Now, dig in! 

Easy Texas Caviar Recipe
5 from 27 ratings
Serve up this easy dip at your next potluck or barbecue -- or maybe even as a side dish for your next grilled chicken dinner. Either way, it's easy and tasty!
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Easy Texas Caviar Recipe in bowl
Total time: 10 minutes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can shoepeg corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • ⅔ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the corn, black-eyed peas, avocado, tomato, cilantro, and green onions.
  2. In a separate small bowl, add the olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin. Whisk to combine.
  3. Pour the dressing over the caviar mix. Stir to combine.
  4. Serve as a dip or as a side dish.
Calories per Serving 250
Total Fat 15.5 g
Saturated Fat 2.2 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 25.1 g
Dietary Fiber 6.7 g
Total Sugars 2.4 g
Sodium 497.6 mg
Protein 6.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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