Best-Ever Texas Caviar Recipe -
Best-Ever Texas Caviar Recipe
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Best-Ever Texas Caviar

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"This is a yummy Texas caviar made with black beans and pinto beans instead of black-eyed peas. Serve with scoop-style tortilla chips as a great party appetizer."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    35 mins

    35 mins


  1. Mix the black beans, pinto beans, white corn, green chiles, jalapeno pepper, red and green bell peppers, red onion, and cilantro together in a large bowl.
  2. To make the dressing, stir the rice vinegar, olive oil, sugar, and garlic powder together in a pan. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat, and cool. Pour dressing over bean mixture, and toss to mix evenly.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 25, 2008

This is really good and everyone loves it! The first time I made this I left out the cilantro because one of the guests hates it, but I just made it with the cilantro and it was even better. Only change I made was to use 1/4 cup lime juice and 1/4 cup rice vinegar instead of the 1/2 cup rice vinegar, mainly because I really like lime.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 04, 2012

12/09 An almost guiltfree appetizer I'm with the group saying the recipe makes too much.I used 1black,1pinto,1corn,4oz chiles,1jalepeno(which was like adding more green if it's seeded & cored well.I added another not as well emptied.Improved much.Then had a little kick.); half red,half green,half onion,half dressing(Half of the half amont of oil - meaning 1/8c.That's a coffeescoop,btw)In dressing I tried half vinegar,half limejuice 1T sugar&1t fresh garlic.I couldn't taste the vinegar, which I liked;but not the lime too much either.What I'm going to do next time is a can of black&pinto,can of corn;4oz chiles;whole green&red pepper;2jalepenos;bunch of cilantro;a cup of red onion;only lime juice&a clove or two of fresh garlic with 1/8c olive oil.Seems to me the sugar would make the veggies weep more.You want some,but not to encourage.Gonna add tomatoes,too. First time around was good,but too beany.Think more veggies will balance it better.Might even try serving room temperature with refried beans to help bind the babies together.It tends to jump.4/12 'Tried again.Not so impressed this time.No, not bad;but no wows either.Did 1black,1pinto,2 green peppers,2japs,1/2c red onion,1c corn, 1/2bunch cilantro (bout 1c),2plum toms, 3cl garlic,1t kosher salt,1T olive oil,3T lime juice,a T chipolte pepper w adobo sauce,1/4t cayenne.Not so pretty ;D but still pretty healthy (Win!).Soo,if I make again,I'll add more lime juice&more spice.This is one to play with. 3 1/2 stsrs

Apr 13, 2008

This recipe is awesome. I changed it a little. I reduced it by half and still got a medium bowl full. I used regular vinegar vs rice vinegar and used a little more sugar to make up for the regular vinegar. My family could not get enough of it, ran out of scoop chips before I did the dip. Loved it and will make on a regular basis!

Jul 06, 2009

I took this recipe to a BBQ for the 4th and it received rave reviews. So many people commented that it was delicious and requested the recipe. I served it with tortilla chips, but people enjoyed scooping it up with celery, red pepper, and even used it as a condiment on their hot dogs and burgers! I cut the recipe in half after reading other reviews and it still made plenty for the crowd of 20 that were at the cookout. I did make the full amount of dressing, but reduced the amount of olive oil by 1/2 since some people said it was too oily. It came out great! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

Jun 12, 2008

I agree it makes a lot, I would cut in half next time. I did as the other member did used regular vinegar and little more sugar and it was wonderful Awesome recipe

May 03, 2008

Great recipe, I would recommend using only half the amount of beans and corn, but exact amounts of everything else. Kick it up a bit with some "Frank's Red Hot". This is great party food, you will get a lot of compliments.

Oct 03, 2008

ive used italian dressing to make it easier and it is truly a crowd pleaser

Mar 15, 2010

Awesome. This recipe got raves from all of my boyfriend's friends at our UFC gathering. I use my food processor to chop up the onion and peppers. I also used 2 cans of diced tomatoes with green chilies, juices drained.


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  • Calories
  • 262 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 35.5 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 12 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 6.3 g
  • 25%
  • Protein
  • 6.3 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 564 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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