If you're wrinkling your nose because the thought of caviar doesn't appeal to you, let me start by saying that this recipe doesn't contain caviar or any seafood for that matter.  It's basically a thick bean salsa.

Our friends threw me and my husband a surprise engagement party before we got married and while at the party, I looked over at my niece and she’d grabbed a serving spoon and huge the bowl of redneck southern caviar that my sister brought, and was chowing down like nobody’s business. Kids are picky eaters, especially the kids in my family, so it's safe to say that this recipe is kid approved!

Traci Taylor

I believe in sharing good things, and this is one of the most delicious recipes I’ve ever had in all of my life and you won’t believe how ridiculously easy it is to make. It's inexpensive and will no doubt be a huge hit at your football party this coming Sunday.

My friend Valerie Hobbs is the one who introduced me to redneck southern caviar and I'll be eternally thankful. I've modified Val's recipe a tad over the years, so here you have it- my recipe for southern caviar, which can be served with tortilla chips, as a salad topper, with chicken- really, the possibilities are endless.

Southern Caviar


  • 1 can of corn drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of black-eyed peas drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup of onion chopped
  • 2 chopped tomatoes (or you can take my shortcut and use canned petite cut tomatoes, just make sure to drain and rinse them really well)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic, chopped (I love garlic, I double the amount, but the choice is up to you.)
  • 1 bottle of Italian dressing (not the creamy kind)


  1. Drain and rinsed the canned foods. Chop the veggies and herbs.
  2. Mix everything together in a big bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a lid.
  3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  4. Eat and be happy.
  5. Share this recipe with those you know would enjoy it.

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