Texas Caviar is having a moment! After going viral on TikTok and Instagram, people are eager to give this fresh, party-friendly recipe a try!
Texas Caviar (or Cowboy Caviar) was originally created by renowned chef Helen Corbitt. As the story goes, she was asked by her employer, Neiman Marcus, to create a menu using only Texas products, including black eyed peas.
According to Texas Monthly, Corbitt was “[a]t a loss for an acceptable recipe starring the peas that she admittedly didn’t like, [so] she decided to pickle them in oil and vinegar with garlic and onions and unwittingly produced what would become one of her most well-known creations.”
Today there are many versions of Texas Caviar, each with its own variety of vegetables, including bell pepper, jalapeños, tomatoes, red onion, corn and even avocados. Doused in vinaigrette and served with crisp tortilla chips, Texas Caviar is a favorite for potlucks and tailgating, or just enjoying with some friends and a bucket of cold beer.