Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Texas Caviar

Do you ever have a houseful of people over and wonder, "What in the world am I going to feed them?" When I have a houseful of guests I like to set out food for guests to help themselves. But there aren't many foods you can leave out all day, as most varieties get too weird when left out of the fridge. Enter Texas Caviar, an amazing dip that triples as a side dish and salad, and can easily be left out for hours at a time. In fact, the longer it sits the better it gets! And the best part? It is made from pantry staples and makes a huge amount, making it perfect for football Sundays! And I must warn you, once you make this dip you will not be able to stop eating it. The combination of the salty tortilla chips, sweet dressing, and creamy/crunchy combo of beans and veggies is addicting! But don't worry, it's good for you!

Texas Caviar
Healthy and addictive, the perfect snack! 
Serves 10-20

1 can black beans, drained
1 can blackeyed peas, drained
1 can pinto beans, drained
1 can shoepeg corn or regular corn, drained
1 jar red pimentos, drained
1 small red onion, diced
1 cups celery, diced
1 cups green pepper, diced

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 tbsp water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Tortilla Chips, for serving

Combine all dressing ingredients and boil for 2 minutes to dissolve sugar.  Cool to room temperature.
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. *Remember to drain and rinse all canned items!*
Pour cooled dressing over vegetables and mix well.
Marinate overnight for best flavor distribution.Serve with tortilla chips.

BONUS- Texas Caviar is an excellent topping for salad! As the dressing is made from oil and vinegar, and the bean and veggie toppings are perfect on salad, you can't go wrong with a few scoops of it on top of a bed of lettuce! Want to make it a meal? Add some crushed tortilla chips, chicken, and shredded cheddar cheese.

1 comment:

  1. Texas Caviar is a staple at the beach with the Ills. DELICIOUS!