If you can figure out a way to mix tortilla chips and black-eyed peas and call it an appetizer, you might just be a redneck.
As for the “caviar” part, true rednecks might not dip into a bowl of fish eggs … but, we consider black-eyed peas a delicacy. Served in the finest homes in Dixie.
You don’t even have to be a redneck to eat it. Even my yankee friends love it. Give it a try at your next picnic!
2 (15-ounce) cans black-eyed peas, drained very well
1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained very well
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles (I used Ro-Tel – widely available)
2 cups chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion (or a little onion juice)
1 (4-ounce) jar chopped pimentos, drained
1 (8-ounce) bottle Italian dressing OR Ranch dressing
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. garlic salt
¼ tsp. garlic powder
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir gently to combine. Refrigerate mixture overnight. Serve with multi-colored corn chips for a colorful presentation. We liked the lime flavored chips best.
Substitutions and additions:
You can substitute black beans for the black-eyed peas.
You can add bacon bits.
It’s also great with fritos.
You can put it in an omelet.
Or, heat it up and use it as a baked potato topper. Be creative and enjoy! Love, Cindy