Texas Caviar Recipe + Ultimate BBQ Party Food Recipes!

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After what seemed like the longest Winter EVER here in Minnesota, I am more than ready for Summer and BBQ parties! I can’t wait to get outdoors and get my grill on. I’ve missed making my grilling recipes and I will be happy to have that good old Summer food hitting my taste buds again. I’ve collected some of my favorite recipes for grilling and throwing the ultimate BBQ party! I even threw in a fun Grill Cake Pops recipe! How cute are those?! I’m also sharing one of my personal favorites, Texas Caviar.

BBQ Sides - Texas Caviar Recipe - Must Have Mom

This recipe is the perfect Summer dip to serve with crackers or chips. It’s great for picnics because it keeps well out of the fridge for awhile and it’s full of fresh ingredients. It’s light and satisfying. The perfect BBQ side dish!

BBQ Sides - Texas Caviar - Must Have Mom

Mix together black beans, black eyed peas, colored peppers, green onions, shoepeg corn, roma tomatoes, garlic, jalapeno and zesty Italian dressing. Stir well and serve with chips, crackers, bagel chips or whatever you wish! I also like to eat it with pita chips.

I love how colorful and healthy this dip is. You don’t have to feel guilty eating this! It’s addicting though. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Yields 10

Texas Caviar Recipe

Light, fresh appetizer perfect for Summer BBQ's!

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 1 Can Black Beans – drained and rinsed
  • 1 Can Black Eyed Peas – Drained and rinsed
  • 4 Green Onions – Chopped
  • 1 Can Shoepeg Corn (white) – Drained
  • 2 Peppers, any color (I used yellow and red) – Chopped
  • 2-3 Roma Tomatoes – Seeded and Chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic – Minced
  • 1 Can Jalapeno Peppers or 2 TBSP fresh – Diced
  • 1 8 oz Bottle Zesty Italian Dressing (I use Wishbone)


  1. Drain, rinse and chop ingredients as indicated in ingredient list.
  2. Mix everything together and serve.
  3. Store in fridge. Lasts a few days.
Recipe Type: Appetizer

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  1. vickie couturier says:

    this is going on my to make list for outdoor parties this summer,thanks

  2. ellen beck says:

    Yours looks great! You know I just tried some of this… our local store’s deli had a special and I got a small container of it. Now I know the recipe thanks to you!

  3. Amy Desrosiers says:

    This does sound so fresh and delish! I want to try it out next week!

  4. Look how colorful!!! That looks like something awesome to serve up at a BBQ and love the name.

  5. Oh I have to make this. I love eating dip and the fact this is healthy makes it even better!

  6. That looks absolutely delicious. I love healthy summer food.

  7. I just had Texas Cavier at a restaurant nearby recently and it was awesome. It was not as colorful as your recipe though. I can’t wait to try yours!

  8. Mmm this looks amazing, I am sure I would like this more than actual caviar.

  9. I love Texax Caviar. My recipe is a bit different, so I am going to try yours for a new twist.

  10. Oh my goodness, this sounds like heaven. We have bbq’s almost every weekend and this sounds perfect

  11. I am so ready for BBQ parties! We are supposed to have one this Friday. Keeping our fingers crossed it doesn’t rain! This recipe looks fabulous.

  12. drooling! This looks so refreshing and yummy!

  13. I love it!!! Would make a great party dish. yum

  14. Ooh yummy! I’ve heard of Texas Caviar, but have never tried to make it. This looks scrumptious! Thanks for the delicious recipes!

  15. Ohh soo have to try this, I love new recipes and this is one I have never heard of, but looks sooo delicious .. Thanks for sharing

  16. This is a great collection! Great title.

  17. Is it ok to have Texas caviar in connecticut???

  18. Oh that sounds so delicious! I am going to have to give your recipe a try at my next cookout!

  19. This is the perfect side dish for any upcoming BBQ! Oh it looks and sounds delicious! I never would have guessed using Italian dressing; yum!

  20. Oooh, this looks absolutely delicious. Yummy, my husband would love this.

  21. I have always loved Texas Caviar! Now I’m going to have to make some for our next cookout!

  22. This makes me want summer so much!

  23. This looks amazing!

  24. This looks really interesting. I want to try it!

  25. That shrimp is calling to me! I have also always wanted to try pineapple salsa! Great roundup!

  26. Sarah, this looks yum! I would love to try this soontime!!

  27. shelly peterson says:

    looks so yummy! this is perfect for daughters grad party.

  28. The colors look so delicious on this recipe!

  29. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    This sounds so good. I’m going to have to make some soon.

  30. Mmmmm, I cannot wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing. When I make it I will credit back to you 🙂


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