Sunday, February 21, 2010

Texas Caviar

My favorite beans by far are dried beans they are so cheap, packed with fiber and great for so many yummy recipes.

On the other hand I also love canned beans which are so convenient and also pretty cheap as well. So I have decided why make a choice, just use both.

I have come to realize that for some recipes it's best to use dried beans and for others its best to use canned. Canned beans are not expensive, so really both dried and canned beans are both a frugal choice.

Today I am bringing you are recipe for Texas Caviar that utilizes canned beans. The reason I love this recipe so much is because you just have to pop open a couple cans of ingredients and you have easy appetizer in no time.

The first time I had Texas Caviar was at my friend Nancy's house about 10 years ago. I was instantly hooked and had to have the recipe. Since then I have tweaked the recipe up just a tad.It's still the same recipe I just added a extra ingredient that's all.

The ingredient I added is corn! Not only does the corn add a great flavor but it also adds a beautiful yellow color. This recipe is the perfect appetizer served with tortilla chips, pita triangels or by itself as a salad or side. 

I have also used black beans in this recipe and it is just as good. So if you are not a fan of black eye peas by all means use black beans.

I used Bush's Beans for this recipe because in my opinion they are the best canned beans. Bush's has so many beans to choose from .

The Great Northern beans are good as well perfect for so many recipes. My thoughts are if you find a good brand stick with it. I wanted to post this recipe for two reasons.

One I have been trying to find a great excuse to make this caviar. And two Bush's Beans has invited me and a few other bloggers to Napa Valley, California for a chili tasting at the Culinary Institute of America.

So I thought it would only be fitting to post one of my favorite recipes using Bush's Beans. I am so excited becasue we will get to cook at the CIA with Connie Guttersen, R.D., Ph.D., and author of the New York Times best-selling book The Sonoma Diet.

 I am so syked to get to meet and cook with Connie and the other wonderful bloggers. Sandy from Reluctant Entertainer, Aggie from Aggie's Kitchen and Amy from She Wears Many Hats.

 I cant wait to come back and share with y'all what I learned and hopefully return with some beautiful pictures. I leave on Thursday so hopefully I can get one more recipe post in before then. So onto the recipe for the Texas Caviar.

These are the ingredients you will need: 2 cans canned black black beans or black eyed peas, one can of corn, celery, red and green bell pepper, purple onion, pickled jalapenos, cilantro and Italian dressing. Drain and rinse the black eyed peas/ or black beans in a strainer. Drain the corn and chop up all the vegetables. Toss everything into a large bowl.

and gently mix you can also add a bit of salt and pepper to taste. Then finally add the Italian dressing and mix together. Chill overnight so the flavors will marry together. Serve with tortilla or pita triangles. You can also serve this by itself as a salad.

Umm so yummy

My favorite way to store this caviar is in a Quart Size Mason Jar in the refrigerator. It makes the perfect jar for gift giving or if you just want to take it to a grill out. I think the mason jar gives it a nice southern touch.

Texas Caviar

2 - cans (15 oz) Bush's canned black beans or black eye peas, drained & rinsed
1 - 15 oz can regular yellow corn, drained
1/2 - 3/4 cup diced celery
1/4 - cup diced green bell pepper
1/4 - cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 - cup diced purple onion
1/8 - 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
chopped pickled jalapeno slices (to your taste I used 6)
1 - 8oz bottle Italian dressing
salt & pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together adding the dressing last. Chill overnight.

I usually cannot wait that long and end up digging it right away. *Serve with tortilla chips, pita chips or as a salad.

 I have included a recipe for homemade pita chips if you want to use those. So much cheaper to make them homemade versus buying.

Homemade Pita Chips

1 - 12oz Package Pita Bread, Split
6 - tablespoons Butter, melted
1 1/2 - teaspoons House Seasoning

reheat oven to 400. Lightly grease two baking sheets. Cut Pita rounds in half crosswise. Cut each half into 3 triangles. 

Place pita triangles on prepared baking sheet. Brush each with melted butter sprinkle evenly with house seasoning. Bake for 8 minutes until golden brown. 

Cool Completely. Click here for a link for step by step directions on how to make homemade pita chips. Scroll down it isat the end of my strawberry salsa tutorial.

If you are trying to incorporate more beans into your diet you should check out Bush's site Beans, The Vegetable with More. they have some great recipes. I found a few new ones to try out on my family.

Disclosure: Bush’s Beans has invited me on this trip and is covering my costs to attend. I am under no obligation to write this post, I am just a big fan of Bush's Beans. Opinion stated in this post are entirely my own.


amanda @ fake said... #

I have a "things to make when my husband isn't home" list and this is definitely going on it! He'd never touch black eyed peas but I know I'd love it. Looks delicious!

Erin @ I Heart New England said... #

Looks yummy!

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Ya know amanda my husband said he didnt think he would eat this either. But after i made it he was dipping the chips in it and eating away. I was so surprised. I had some on the side tonight with our dinner. I am so addicted to this stuff. LOL I usually have to make it for just me or when my MIL is here because we both luv it.

Kristin said... #

I love it with Fritos :)

Heidi said... #

I LOVE this stuff! It's great on tortilla chips. My friend made it for a Christmas party several years ago and I've loved it since. Your recipe is almost exactly like mine (my friend wouldn't share hers so I found one on Taste of Home). YUM :)

mommyoffaith19 said... #

I make something similar to this but it uses black beans.

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Mommyoffaith I think black beans would be a nice additon.

DailyChef said... #

This looks so good--and easy to make too! I always welcome new dips for my chip cravings. Thanks!

Tara Rison said... #

This is my kind of dip! Can't wait to try it.

Congrats on being invited on the trip. So fun!

Amy from She Wears Many Hats said... #

The Texas Caviar is yummy stuff and so easy there's no excuse to not always have a jar in the fridge.

Can't wait to meet you in real life!

Aggie said... #

This is the most addicting stuff!! I have made a version of it once and I could not get enough of it! Can't wait to meet you in a couple of days!

Mary said... #

I sure agree with you on Bush's beans - they are the best! Congrats on your trip - you've had a lot of excitement lately haven't you? That is so awesome. Yay!!

I try to keep both kinds of beans on hand but always a mixture of canned - they are just so versatile.

Nadia said... #

Hi, first I love ur blog...
we love the black eye pea salad but we do it the mediteranean way, evoo,lemon, salt, tuna , tomatoes and it

Meal Makeover Mom Janice said... #

This does look yummy! I think my kids would like it too, and I agree that Bush's beans are great! Have a great trip.

Kirstin said... #

I have made this several times and it is a huge hit!! Love it

Tiffanee said... #

Looks yummy!! Congrats on the trip. Sounds like lots of fun!!

Rene @ BudgetSavingMom said... #

Wow. I just found your site today. I must say, everything looks so delicious, I want to make ALL of the recipes. Usually I just find a couple that look good. Where to start??? Yummy! I am now REALLY hungry.

Kashif said... #

This one I have made with almost the same ingredients. Although kids don't like it much but I simply love it.

Sarah said... #

This looks great! You have a jar of pickled jalapenos in the pic of ingredients. Did you pickle your own? If so how please?

Thank you

The Masked Momma said... #

We make something similar, we add black beans instead and some diced mango, then drizzle garlic essence oil on it. Its great on burgers too!
Its an HEB recipe fellow Texan ;)
Can't wait to try yours.

luvs2cook said... #

The Texas Caviar was delicious! My family said this recipe was definitely a "keeper". Thanks!

Anonymous said... #

I make this as well but add cucumbers, black olives and white and yellow corn. It is delicious!

Kelli @ midland tx said... #

Love this and your website I have become a stalker of sorts...I know whatever I pic my family always loves have made my life so much easier...thanks for all you do and I can wait to try all your new stuff

Anonymous said... #

This is great stuff. Made some today. It's especially nice that it's vegetarian. We tried it in stir fry and it was sooo good. Great on a bed of lettuce with shredded cheese too