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Poor Man's Caviar Recipe
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Poor Man's Caviar

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"This is a fabulous dip or side dish packed with beans and great flavors. Everywhere I take it I get requests for the recipe. It can be easily doubled, and it's a guaranteed hit! Serve with giant corn chips or as a side dish. Kidney beans and navy beans can also be used."

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Original recipe makes 14 1/2 cup servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins

    1 day 30 mins


  1. Stir the black beans, black-eyed peas, garbanzo beans, white corn, onion, garlic, parsley, and basil together in a bowl.
  2. To make the dressing, mix the olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, dry mustard, and hot sauce together in a small bowl until well blended. Pour over the bean mixture and toss to mix evenly. Refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 05, 2009

This was EXCELLENT. I skimped just a tiny bit on the parsley, upped the basil a bit and added an extra clove of garlic. I will say that it ended up quite garlicky -- which was ok as I really like garlic -- but add garlic at your own risk. I wanted it to be more dip-like in consistency, so I used my stick (immersion) blender to puree it a bit, leaving it a little chunky. Was quite thick, this way, but SO delicious. It was a big hit at the New Year's Eve party I attended. Be aware that you do really need to leave time to let it sit before serving -- I made it the night before, and when I tasted it then it was VERY oniony, but by the next day it had blended and tamed nicely. I believe it's mandatory that the onion used be a sweet variety; any other kind would be to harsh, I think. If you substitute another kind of onion, you'll want to cut back considerably on the quantity, and maybe add a pinch of sugar.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 04, 2011

I did not care for this recipe.

Jun 15, 2008

I wish I could give this more stars!!! This was so yummy -- once you start eating it you CANNOT stop! The fresh basil and parsley really make the flavor, so I would not recommend using the dried variety. I also added some sugar -- I didn't measure, but probably about 1 1/2 teaspoons. Thanks for sharing!

Jun 28, 2010

I made this dish for a birthday get-together and received great reviews. I increased the vinegar a bit, added two chopped Roma tomatoes, and gently mixed in a chopped avocado just before serving.

Mar 01, 2010

I make this at least once a week, i like to add olives and a can of tuna to make it a complete meal.

Sep 27, 2010

Love this! So easy. I've made this for snacking at home and I recently made it for a party at work. It gets rave reviews and everyone was curious about what it was and how it was made. I love that! Thanks for the great recipe!

Mar 02, 2009

Prepared for Thunder BB end of season party 2/2009 and it was a big hit. Added cilantro, omitted parsley and basil, added red pepper, added cucumber. Dressing is very nice.

Jan 03, 2011

I have 2 friends that are very picky eaters and they loved this!


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  • Calories
  • 157 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.9 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 6 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 5.1 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 5.5 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 524 mg
  • 21%

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

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