Simple Texas Caviar Recipe
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This Texas caviar is packed with healthful beans and sweet roasted corn and peppers. It’s a perfect, refreshing summer appetizer! The recipe is both vegan and gluten-free.

For the past few days, I’ve been posting lunch bowls on Instagram that feature Texas Caviar. If you have no idea what that is, rest assured that I had no idea until quite recently, when I spotted a recipe online. Traditional Texas caviar is essentially a cold black-eyed pea salad, often featuring corn, chilis, peppers, onions, and/or celery. It can be served on its own, or as a dip. The moment I read about the recipe, I imagined stuffing romaine leaves with Texas caviar, or serving it in easy breakfast tostadas, or piling it atop a bowl of rice. And I was intrigued.

Today, I’m presenting you with my version of Texas caviar. The twist I put on it was to roast the corn and peppers before tossing it all together. I really enjoy raw corn, but some time ago I tried a roasted corn salsa, and it. changed. everything.

It’s hard to beat the sweetness of roasted corn, just as it’s hard to beat the sweetness of roasted red bell peppers. Not roasting either ingredient for this Texas caviar would certainly save you time, but I love the depth of flavor that this step adds.

This is the sort of recipe you can return to all summer long, using it as a dip, tossing it into your salads, topping grain bowls, sprinkling over tostadas, or using it to garnish any dish with refried beans. After the roasting bit, it’s super quick and easy to prepare, and it’s full of bold flavor. If you don’t happen to have fresh corn–it is early right now–you can use frozen and thawed sweet corn. Here’s the recipe.

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Simple Texas Caviar Recipe

Author – Gena Hamshaw
Yields: 4 -6 servings


  • 3 cups raw corn kernels or frozen sweet corn kernels thawed till tender
  • 2 red bell peppers chopped (I did squares that were between 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 cups or 2 cans cooked black-eyed peas
  • 1 4- ounce can green chilis I used Hatch green chilis, mild flavor
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Toss the corn and red bell peppers with the two teaspoons of olive oil, plus a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper. Roast the pepper and corn for 20 minutes, or until the peppers and corn are tender and just starting to brown.
  • Place the black-eyed peas, green chilis, and red onion in a large mixing bowl. Add the roasted corn and peppers.
  • Whisk together the red wine vinegar, lime juice, maple syrup, salt, cumin, and a dash of black pepper together in a small mixing bowl. Pour the dressing over the vegetables and mix well. Check for seasoning and add salt, pepper, and lime juice as needed. Fold in the cilantro and serve. Stored in an airtight container in the fridge, the caviar will keep for up to four days.

I love the brightness and the color of this recipe. It’s worth making just to add vibrancy to your lunches! Hope you’ll enjoy it.

It’s appropriate that I have Texas caviar recipe up on the blog today, because tomorrow I’m headed to Austin for the third Vida Vegan conference. It’s a little bittersweet, as this is the last VVC, but I’m excited and fortunate to be able to experience it, see friends, and give a presentation. My topic is vegan avenues into the healthcare world; I’ll be sharing my perspective on different healthcare options, the education and steps associated with each of them, and tips on how to create a successful and responsible counseling practice. Along the way, I’ll be sampling tons of vegan products and sharing my adventures on Instagram, of course.

On Saturday, I’ll be back here with a new cookbook giveaway, and on Sunday, I’ll be back for weekend reading. Till soon!


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Categories: Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegan Basics
Method: Oven
Dietary Preferences: Gluten Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan
Recipe Features: Meal Prep

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  1. I’m most excited about the herb mincer, I use lots of fresh herbs and this seems easier than with a knife.

  2. This is my kind of caviar ;p Sounds like the perfect summer potluck dish. And that corn stripper would sure make easy work of de-kerneling corn!

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    and i love black eyed peas! corn, that depends on my mood..

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  35. This recipe looks delicious! Will definitely try it!
    Thank you for sharing it!