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Texas Caviar
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5 from 8 votes

Texas Caviar (Quick and Easy)

Black-eyed peas are the caviar of Texas. They serve as the basis for this addictive appetizer that improves in taste the longer it marinates. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Time to Chill2 hours
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Southern
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 145kcal


  • 15 ½ ounce can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained (See Note 1)
  • 15 ½ ounce can golden hominy, rinsed and drained (See Note 2)
  • 3 green onions, chopped with 1 Tablespoon reserved for garnish
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and diced, about ¼ cup
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and diced, about ½ cup
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced, about ¼ cup
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup zesty Italian Dressing


  • Combine all ingredients except for the Italian dressing in a large bowl. 
  • Pour Italian dressing over vegetables; toss gently to combine.
  • Cover and chill thoroughly.
  • Toss again before serving. Garnish with reserved green onions. Serve with tortilla chips.
  • Yield: 8 servings. (See Note 3)



  1. It's important to rinse the black-eyed peas well. When you do, you'll notice that they become sudsy looking. The rinsed and drained black-eyed peas measure about 1 ½ cups.
  2. It's also important to rinse the hominy for the same reason. The rinsed and drained hominy measures about 1 ½ cups. If you can't find hominy or would rather not use it, you can substitute 1 ½ cups of corn. 
  3. The longer the Texas Caviar marinates, the better it tastes!


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 18.6mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.9mg