Last weekend, my sister kicked off the Spring/Summer season with the first official barbeque/pool party of the year. She grilled carne asada (or marinated steak if you have no idea what that is) and everybody else brought all the side dishes and appetizers. I decided to bring Texas Caviar aka Cowboy Caviar aka Black Bean Salad aka Texas Salsa. Whatever you wanna call it, it is GOOD!
Now I meant it to be eaten as an appetizer – you scoop it onto tortilla chips and it’s perfect. What ended up happening was that people were eating it like a side dish…like a cold bean salad! I got lots of compliments on it, and so I thought I’d share it with you.
The original recipe was for the Best Ever Texas Caviar Recipe (allrecipes.com)…I of course made it my own. Here’s mine…
Texas Caviar Recipe
- 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 (15 ounce) cans white corn (shoe peg corn, white corn or sweet corn), rinsed and drained
- 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chiles (medium heat), undrained
- 1 jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional, and I kept a few of the seeds in for some zip)
- 1 red bell pepper – cored, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 green bell pepper – cored, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- 1 bunch cilantro leaves, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp. sugar (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Mix the black beans, pinto beans, white corn, green chiles, jalapeno pepper, red and green bell peppers, red onion, and cilantro together in a large bowl. The longer the salad sits, the better the flavors marry together. Serve it nice & cold!
Now you could serve it just like that, but the dressing really gives it some more pizzazz. To make the dressing, stir the vinegar, oil, sugar, and garlic powder together in a small bowl. Pour dressing over bean mixture, and toss to mix evenly.
What is your favorite summer recipe?