Caviar Been Dip Texas Style
I suppose if you wanted to you could call this a black bean and corn salsa it is kind is similar to a lot of salsa recipes using those ingredients but not too many salsa I am familiar with use Italian dressing in them so that and of itself separates it from the many different salsa recipes featuring these ingredients. It has all the makings of a typical Tex-Mex recipe one thing and feel free to tweak this is Texas Caviar as it is know is missing the typical Tex-Mex signature heat. Now like I said feel free to introduce it to as much heat as you like. It can be brought into the recipe through the use of any number of chilies to whatever heat level you like just dice them up mix them in and make sure to let it all meld in the fridge for a while and voila.
Now if you have kids you may want to separate out the part with the fire first as the kids will like the milder version I am hankering a guess at it. Yes a Yankee using hankering (shhh I was country when it wasn’t cool) so there. See I told you food brings us all a bit closer even my drawl is showing. All kidding aside it is funny I was having a conversation with one of my staff about a similar issue on my British food site see I have long held the notion that America and the UK are only a language apart as I discovered in trying to put a name to a very common British Dessert but that is a story for a different site.
As for this recipe I give you all you need to make it total yours from the ingredients to blend to the homemade Italian dressing that you can use with it you can be lazy and use your favorite store bought Italian dressing it will save a bit of time in the preparation but you know my feeling in general about homemade and fresh vs. store bought chemicals your choice I understand some of you have lives. Now I also give a few optional ingredients these are totally personal choices and there is definitely more than one way to make Texas Caviar recipes and this is just my take on this very popular dish.
Just as a side or site note I am stepping up my posting schedule here sorry I have been quiet for a few days had some pressing business issues to work out but I am aware we are down to less than thirty days until the big fifth of may day we all are aware of Cinco de Mayo which is actually a bigger day in the US than in Mexico outside of Puebla that is. Seems American’s love any reason to drink Mexican beer and eat Mexican food like we need a special day to do that on this site that is any day as far as we are concerned here. I mean waiting for one special day a year to eat Mexican food why deny yourself the pleasure of great food just for one special day a year kind of like waiting to eat turkey until November. Ridiculous!
- 1 can whole kernel corn, rinsed
- 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 3 hass avocadoes, cubed
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 can 15.5 ounce Goya Black Beans - Frijoles Negros, rinsed
- 1 can 15.5 ounce Bush's Blackeye Peas, (with Bacon), rinsed (optional)
- 1 bell pepper (assorted colors), diced (optional)
- 1 medium red onion, diced (optional)
- 4 scallions, diced
- ⅓ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 juice of one lime
- 1 cup Our Homemade Italian Dressing
- ½ teaspoon celery seed
- 1 tablespoon minced dry onion
- 2 tablespoons oregano
- 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon thyme
- ¼ teaspoon sage
- 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 1 teaspoon basil
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
- 1 tablespoons salt
- 2½ tablespoons of Homemade Italian Dressing Seasoning Mix:
- ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
- ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2½ tablespoons water
- This recipe is super simple, simply combine all the ingredients in a large glass bowl and toss to blend together well. Pour the homemade Italian dressing onto the mixture and toss to coat everything well. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for two hours and then serve chilled with plenty of chips.
- Combine all ingredients and blend well, place in a spice jar to store.
- Whisk all ingredients together and store in a covered container in the refrigerator for other use.
If you want a Tex-Mex appetizer that is as beautiful to look at as it is to eat nothing is quite the same as Texas Caviar. Now first off the name is interesting but just as Rocky Mountain Oysters are no more seafood then this dish is fish eggs it is a playful name for a very tasty snack you can serve and the kids will not get grossed out when they find out what it really is. It is all those things we love about Tex-Mex cuisine and it is a treat you really should serve up at our next party and when Superbowl comes around remember this recipe your guest will love it.
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