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Texas Caviar

My neighbor gave me a container of this zippy, tangy salsa one Christmas and I had to have the recipe. I fix it regularly for potlucks and get-togethers and never have leftover. I take copies of the recipe with me whenever I take the salsa. —Kathy Faris, Lytle, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    4 cups


  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) fat-free Italian salad dressing
  • Tortilla chips


  • In a large bowl, combine the peas, peppers, onions, parsley, pimientos and garlic. Pour salad dressing over pea mixture; stir gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. Serve with tortilla chips.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 77 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 482mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.

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  • gina.kapfhamer
    Jun 28, 2017

    Great version of cowboy caviar! I definitely left out the pimientos though, since I'm not a big fan. Very easy recipe and perfect to bring for the appetizer table at a gathering!

  • LaurenHanako
    Jun 29, 2013

    This is a great recipe! It was so yummy with rice as a quick dinner that doesn't heat up the house in the summer!

  • jergenbright
    Jan 2, 2013

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  • eroge
    Dec 31, 2012

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  • Lloyds of Louisiana
    Jul 6, 2012

    This is one of our family favorites. I'm always asked to bring it to our big family gatherings. I have to triple the recipe and we still run out quickly. Yummy!

  • debi4ever
    Dec 31, 2011

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  • Shera Long
    Dec 5, 2011

    Super easy!! I just have to remember to go and look for pimentos with the vegetables and not with the pickles & olives. I think it might also be good with some avocado chunks in it also. But all in all a very YUMMY recipe!!

  • ldiane
    Oct 20, 2010

    my husband has made this for snack at work and everyone loves it. We use whole olives as pimentos are hard to find. Also we add chickpeas!

  • Pat Johnson 1944
    Apr 30, 2006

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