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Texas caviar

Texas caviar | Homesick Texan

Back when I first lived in New York, finding black-eyed peas was a challenge. While I do enjoy them year-round, it was around New Year’s Day that I became most concerned about their elusive nature.

One of the first posts I published on this site described these struggles, and as was common back in the day, I included two recipes. While there’s nothing wrong with sharing more than one recipe, in my opinion, the search engines feel differently, so I’ve decided to take the Texas caviar recipe that was on that post and give it its own home.

Texas caviar | Homesick Texan

In fact, the initial Texas caviar recipe I posted isn’t even one that I make any longer, as I’ve made adjustments to my method over the years. Ironically, the original recipe I used came from a New York restaurant. But as I’ve evolved in my cooking, the recipe has grown with me, so I share the version I prepare now with you.

For those who were familiar with the old recipe, I’ve taken away the Worcestershire and now use red bell peppers instead of yellow as the red ones are easier to find. I swapped red onions for scallions, use grape tomatoes instead of canned ones, and have added a hit of ground cumin, as well.

Texas caviar | Homesick Texan

The result is a refreshing dip (or side dish) that pairs well with barbecue, burgers, tortilla chips, or even queso. And while it’s welcome on New Year’s Day for that boost of good fortune, I find that it makes a fine accompaniment all year round.

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Texas caviar | Homesick Texan
5 from 5 votes

Texas caviar

Servings 8
Author Lisa Fain


  • 4 cups of cooked black-eyed peas (or 2 15-oz cans), drained and rinsed of all juice
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 cup diced grape tomatoes
  • 2 jalapeño chiles, seed and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeds and stem removed, diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • Salt
  • Black pepper


  1. In a bowl, stir together the black-eyed peas, red onion, garlic, grape tomatoes, jalapeño, red bell pepper, cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, cumin, and cayenne until well combined. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding salt and black pepper to taste.

  2. Chill for 4 hours. Serve cold either as a side salad or dip.
  1. victoria

    Helen Corbitt would be proud 🙂 I ate this for years in little ramekins along with corn relish at NM’s Mermaid Bar in Dallas.

    • Lisa Fain

      Victoria–I need to make her corn relish now!

      • 5 stars
        Oh Victoria, do you remember the angel food cake with mocha frosting and almonds at that same eatery? I just made the Caviar. I will not be responsible for a bad 2021!!

        • Lisa Fain

          Pamela–Happy New Year! And I’m intrigued about that angel food cake with mocha almond frosting!

  2. Billie Vanderburg

    You stated in the intro that you swapped red onions for scallions, but red onions are still listed in the ingredients, and no scallions. Am I reading this incorrectly? Thanks.

    • Lisa Fain

      Billie–What I was trying to convey was that I no longer use scallions but instead use red onions. My apologies for being unclear!

  3. michael laico

    5 stars
    This is so delicious and goes nicely with the queso recipe!


  4. What happened to the original recipe with canned tomatoes? That’s what my mom wants to find. Did you remove it from that referenced post?

    • Lisa Fain

      Marie–I’ve changed the way I make it but here’s the version you’re looking for:

      Texas caviar
      4 cups of cooked black-eyed peas (or 2 16-oz cans), drained and rinsed of all juice
      1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced, green part only
      1 tablespoon fresh oregano
      1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
      1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
      1 teaspoon black pepper
      1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
      3 canned or fresh jalapeño chiles, chopped
      1 can Rotel tomatoes or 1 ripe, chopped tomato  
      3/4 cup olive oil
      Juice from one lime
      1 yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
      3 cloves fresh garlic, pressed or minced

      Mix everything together, chill for four hours. Serve with tortilla or corn chips.

  5. Thank you! She’ll be excited!

  6. 5 stars
    Just discovered Texas caviar, and look forward to trying this recipe, and may even try adding some cooked grains to make it a full meal.

    • Lisa Fain

      Adam—Glad you enjoyed it! I find that hominy goes well with this.

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