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Texas Caviar Recipe

Updated on July 2, 2011
The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon You
The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon You
Texas Caviar is so delicious and easy to make.
Texas Caviar is so delicious and easy to make.

The Black Eyed Pea is a sub species of the cow-pea grown around the world for its edible bean which is called the Black Eyed Pea. The most popular variety of Black Eyed Peas is the California Black Eyed Pea. It is the most common commercial variety of Black Eyed Peas grown.

Originally native to Africa the Black Eyed Pea first spread to Asia and from there to the West Indies and then to the southern United States around 1600. Eventually it became the most popular bean in Texas.

And that's where Texas Caviar came to be. Texas Caviar is served still today in the governors mansion in Austin.

Black Eyed Peas became associated with New Years Day and is served as part of a New Years Day Celebration. Eating Black Eyed Peas is thought in the southern USA to bring about prosperity. Black Eyed Peas are usually cooked with ham hocks and served with hot pepper vinegar.

If you check it out you will find that the good luck traditions of Black Eyed Peas can be traced back to the American Civil War. Union troops considered Black Eyed Peas to be animal food so when they took everything else they left behind the Black Eyed Peas and so the people of the south were forced to live on Black Eyed Peas.

And over time people in the south began to experiment with ways to cook Black Eyed Peas and that is how Texas Caviar came about and if you make the recipe for Texas Caviar here on this page you will find out why it came to be so popular and so delicious.

How About You! Do you know anything about the Black Eyed Pea that you can post below in the comment section and share with all of us.

Texas Caviar Recipe

Texas Caviar is a traditional dish made in Texas and other deep south states and while there are many different versions of this delicious recipe I think I have the best recipe ever for Texas Caviar. While in El Paso Texas I was served a similar dish and I improved on it and here it is for everyone to make, try , and enjoy.

For Your Recipe You Will Need.

1. 1 Pound Hot Pork Sausage cooked drained and chopped up very well.

2. 1 Cup Of Purple Sweet Onion chopped fine.

3. 2 Cups Fresh Frozen Whole Kernel Corn thawed.

4. 1 Cup Red Bell Pepper diced fine.

5. 1 Cup Green Bell Pepper diced fine.

6. 1 Cup Celery diced fine.

7. 2 Cups Cooked White Rice.

8. 2 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Garlic.

9. 1 Tablespoon Salt.

10. 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper.

11. 1 Tablespoon Ground Cayenne Pepper.

12. 2 Large Cans Black Eyed Peas washed and drained well.

13. 1 Tablespoon Fresh Chopped Parsley.

14. 1/4 Cup Italian Dressing.

Fry your hot pork sausage and drain very well. You want your pork sausage crumbled up very fine. Mix all the rest of your ingredients including your crumbled pork sausage in a large mixing bowl and mix very well.

Yes this recipe is really that easy and it is so delicious. You need to place your finished product into a plastic container with a tight fitting lid. And here's the hard part. Refrigerate your Texas Caviar for a full 24 hours before you sample it.


Be sure to post your own comments, tips, and suggestions below. Did you make the recipe for Texas Caviar? How did it turn out for you?

Black Eyed Peas Information And More

Black Eyed Peas Trivia

Did you know that in the song and music video " Goodbye Earl " by the Dixie Chicks that Poisoned Black Eyed Peas are fed to an abusive husband by his wife and her friend.

Black Eyed Peas are mentioned in the very popular 1967 ballad " Ode To Billy Joe ". The song is by Bobby Joe Gentry.

Did you know that the Black Eyed Peas are a three time Grammy award winning music group from Los Angeles California.

Did you know that the Black Eyed Pea has been cultivated in China and parts of Southeast Asia for possibly as long as 2000 years.

Did you know that actually the Black Eyed Pea is not a pea but it is instead a bean.

Black Eyed Peas which are really beans not peas are the most popular and most eaten bean in the world.

Black Eyed Peas are sold all different kinds of ways, frozen, canned, and dried. In Vietnam Black Eyed Peas are part of a very popular dessert.

And those are a few fun facts and trivia about Black Eyed Peas you may not have known.

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      Thomas Byers 8 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Originating in Asia, the black-eyed pea is thought to have been introduced to the United States through the African slave trade. This small beige bean has a black circular "eye" at its inner curve. It can be purchased fresh or dried. Though originally cultivated for animal fodder, black-eyed peas are now a popular legume (particularly in the South) and are essential in the traditional dish hoppin' john. Also called cowpea and, if the "eye" is yellow, yellow-eyed pea.

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      Thomas Byers 8 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Your very welcome

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      Lgali 8 years ago

      thnaks for sharing nice recipe