Sunday, December 27, 2009

Texas Caviar

This is an easy peasy salsa/dip to serve with some blue corn tortilla chips or alongside some chicken or fish. I adapted this recipe from Mckmama, originally found here. The sweetness complements the salty chips so well, though. In as much time as it takes to open a few cans and rinse, you can get this ready in the morning, refrigerate overnight or during the day, drain the salsa and serve.


1 can black beans (drained/rinsed)
1 can garbanzo beans (drained/rinsed)
2 cans corn (drained/rinsed)
1 small carton of cherry or grape tomatoes (halved)
1 small white or yellow onion (diced)
1 bunch cilantro (shredded or finely chopped)
1/3 bottle of Italian dressing
lime juice (1-2 limes' worth)
sugar to taste (I start with 2 T and add more if needed)
salt to taste (I start with 2 T, but remember the salt from the chips)


Drain canned ingredients and rinse well (especially the beans). Combine all ingredients, unless you're worried about the tomatoes or cilantro going bad, in which case you can add those right before serving, but I love the cilantro infusion as it marinates and have never gotten sick since it's refrigerated. Mix well and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 6-8 hours, though I'm sure it would still taste great if you did at least one hour. Excess liquids will accumulate during the marinating process, so drain before serving.

I would recommend serving with Tostidos corn chips or blue corn chips. Mckmama also adds kidney beans and avocado to her recipe, but I don't like either. If you do work with avocado, add it at the end or squirt it with a little lime juice to keep it from browning. Enjoy this easy hit!

1 comment:

  1. i do a salsa almost identical to this girl! Little less ingredients, but same thought process. With the corn, cilantro, italian dressing I also add a green pepper, 1-2 jalapeno (depending on who I am making it for!), chopped tomatoes instead of halved. Red onion instead of white or yellow....I'm going to have to try your version!


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