Texas Caviar Rice and Beans

Texas Caviar Rice and Beans Recipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Stylist: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Turn a Lone Star State appetizer into a simple weeknight main dish. Customize with any topping, such as guacamole, salsa, or a dollop of sour cream.


Makes 4 to 6 servings
Total time: 45 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 20 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes


1 (15.8-oz.) can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 (15-oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup finely chopped roasted red bell peppers
1/4 cup finely chopped poblano pepper
2 (8.8-oz.) pouches fully cooked basmati rice
1 1/4 cups halved grape tomatoes
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded pepper Jack cheese
3/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
2/3 cup thinly sliced celery
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
Tortilla chips
Garnish: sliced pickled jalapeño peppers


1. Stir together first 4 ingredients and 1/4 cup Texas Vinaigrette in a microwave-safe glass bowl; let stand 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Microwave at HIGH 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring at 30-second intervals.

2. Heat rice according to package directions; fluff with a fork. Divide bean mixture, rice, tomatoes, and next 4 ingredients among 4 to 6 individual plates. Serve with tortilla chips and remaining vinaigrette.

Note: We tested with Tasty Bite Basmati Rice.