vegan bean dip recipe fiesta menu

I first heard of Texas “caviar” several years ago when a friend brought it to a picnic.  I immediately loved the name – this prized Texan dip is made from black-eyed peas rather than fish eggs.  The combination of fresh herbs and a store-bought dressing give the beans great flavor without much effort.  It’s a nice addition to any menu, especially for those with food restrictions – it’s gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, making this dish a real crowd-pleaser.  It will easily serve a crowd and goes well with any Tex Mex or Mexican menu.  I also like to serve Texas “caviar” as a side dish with grilled meat or fish.  This is a great dish to bring to a picnic, clambake or BBQ; it travels extremely well and is best made several days in advance so the flavors have time to merry.  Hope y’all enjoy it as much as I do.

Texas Caviar

1 bunch scallions, chopped (about ¾ C.)

½ bunch parsley, chopped

1 Tbs. cilantro, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped (about 2 C.)

½ red bell pepper, chopped (about 1 C.)

2 cans (32 oz. total) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

1 Tbs. Tobasco

1 Tbs. Worcestershire

1 tsp. fresh-ground black pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups Italian dressing

Cilantro sprigs (optional)

Combine ingredients in a bowl.  Cover and chill for at least 2 hours, or up to 3 days.  Garnish with cilantro sprigs, is using.  Serve with tortilla chips or as a side dish.

Serves 10 as an dip or 6 as a side