Classic Texas Caviar

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


5 cups

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
I adapted this texas caviar from one in a cookbook I received a long time ago, and now, I can't imagine a get-together at my house without this quick and healthy appetizer. —Becky Oliver, Fairplay, Colorado


  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chiles, drained
  • 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh whole kernel corn or frozen shoepeg corn, thawed
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
  • Tortilla chips


  1. In a large bowl, combine the peas, tomatoes, green pepper, corn and onion. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing, lime juice, salt and pepper. Pour over black-eyed pea mixture and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Stir in avocado just before serving. Serve with chips.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 68 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.