Cowboy Caviar

Originally from a Sunset Magazine clipping, but I’ve changed it to make it my own. Then I changed it some more. I’ve even made it with pinto beans and anasazi beans, instead of black-eyed peas. Some might call that sacrilege, but I call it yummy.

On New Year’s Day, it must be made with black-eyed peas — Southerners believe that you must eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for luck (see “What’s Your Lucky Food?”).

Lucky black-eyed peas
Lucky black-eyed peas

2T red wine vinegar
1-1/2 – 2 t hot sauce
1-1/2 t salad oil
1 clove garlic
1/8 t pepper
1 can black-eyed peas (or cook up 1/2 c dried)
1 can corn kernels (or equivalent frozen corn, thawed)
2/3 c thinly-sliced green onions
2/3 c chopped cilantro
1/2 lb tomatoes, coarsely chopped (or 1 15-oz can drained)
1 firm-ripe avocado (optional)
1/2 sweet red or green bell pepper (optional)
Salt to taste
Tortilla chips or cabbage

Drain corn and peas, cut up avocado and veggies. Mix all except chips or cabbage and salt to taste. Serve as a dip with chips, or mix in the cabbage for a salad.

Some people would call it sacrilege to make this without the avocado. But I’m so tired of buying avocadoes that go black before they ripen that I sometimes leave it out. As long as there’s plenty of red, yellow, and green color in the salad, and that powerful cilantro taste, it’s just fine.

1 Comment

  1. Found this which I remember you wanted ages ago, I seem to have mislaid my copy so happy to find it.
    Hope you had a good time in Mexico, we did. Talk to you soon, Sara

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