Texas Caviar, Good Luck Black Eyed Pea Dip! Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day to bring prosperity in the new year is a Southern United States tradition that my husband brought to our family!
Texas Caviar | Good Luck Tradition
So every January 1st, Alan will make a big batch of black-eyed peas. For extra luck, he throws a dime into the pot and it’s believed that the person that scoops up a bowl with the dime will have SUPER good luck!
It’s a fun tradition that Alan grew up with, and has kept alive in our family.
Can I tell you a secret??
I’ve never been a big fan of black-eyed peas. I like all types of legumes, but the “good luck” peas are just ok tasting. They require a LOT of doctoring up with salt and spices.
Adding ham helps quite a bit, so that’s often added to the pot.
With that in mind, I’ll eat a bowl, but I never get the dime because my one bowl is actually a cupful. Not enough to scoop up the lucky prize!
Texas caviar dip!
The only other time I’ve eaten black-eyed peas is in this Texas caviar dip! This recipe changed my black-eyed peas tastebuds for the better!
The recipe is from a real Texan, a neighbor of ours from when we lived in Hawaii. We lived on a military base, so my neighbors were from all over the world, and we shared a lot of potluck meals.
I’m not sure if this is a traditional New Year’s Day dish in Texas, but I do know that when asked what my neighbor could bring to the next event, Texas caviar was always requested!
What to serve with Texas caviar dip?
Alan’s tradition is still alive! We have a crockpot full of black-eyed peas right now, but I doubled our good fortune by making Texas Caviar for New Year’s Eve!
The flavors are TASTY and so addicting! We seriously could have eaten the whole bowl!
Enjoy the traditional way with tortilla chips or mix up the serving with one of the following:
- Serve with celery sticks
- Make lettuce wraps
- Serve as a side dish with Grilled Chicken
- Add a scoop to Healthy Fish Tacos
- Enjoy in a tortilla wrap
- Mix in quinoa
How long to Texas caviar Keep?
This dip can be kept in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Make several hours in advance to give the flavors time to mingle.
Next time, I think I’ll add a dime to the mix right before serving, and I’m certain I’ll have a very good chance of scooping it up with my tortilla chip!!
Wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous year!!
Texas Caviar Recipe, Good Luck Black-Eyed Pea Dip!
Texas caviar dip if often made for the New Year! This easy recipe is delicious and is symbol of a prosperous year!
- 1 1/2 pounds tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 2 scallions, sliced
- 2 tablespoons diced green chilies
- 1 medium jalapeño, seeded and diced
- 2 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 can (15 ounce) black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
- scoop tortilla or corn chips
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Best if made 1 day in advance to let flavors blend. Serve with scoop tortilla or corn chips.