I grew up eating black eyed peas ONCE a year… on New Year’s Day. The old wives’ tale was that if you didn’t eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day you’d have a whole year of bad luck. My family wasn’t really superstitious but it was a tradition to eat them.
Now, that wasn’t good news for me as a child. I didn’t like black eyed peas. So I usually ate one. Really. I’d go through the pot luck line at our January 1st family reunion and put ONE pea on my plate.
One year I even swallowed it like a pill! (Not something I recommend, btw.)
But now I’m an adult and I’ve found a way that I LOVE these peas… in black eyed pea salsa. My dad makes something similar but calls it a salad.
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Black Eyed Pea Salsa Recipe
- 1 can black eyed peas, drained (Here’s an organic black eyed pea option.)
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 jalapeno, diced
- juice from 1/2 lime
- 1 T olive oil
- salt & pepper, if desired
To make it ever more “salad-like” add any or all of these:
- chopped red, green, and/or yellow bell peppers
- chopped cilantro
- chopped celery
- corn kernels
- black beans, drained
- chopped green onions
- and replace the oil and lime with Italian salad dressing
I’ve also heard similar dishes referred to as “Texas Caviar” and “Cowboy Caviar”. No matter what you call it… it’s good! This is one of my go to football snacks. I made it for our Rose Bowl watching party and it was the first thing gone!
If you’re looking for more recipes and ideas for football game snacks try my Pinterest board.
If you enjoyed this post, you might also like these:
- Black Eyed Pea Hummus (coming soon)
- A history of black eyed peas along with more recipes
- Paula Deen’s Spicy Black Eyed Peas
- Hoppin’ John Recipe, The Pioneer Woman
- Black Eyed Pea Soup (coming soon)
Leave a comment and let me know if you’ve tried black eyed pea salsa before.
‘Til the next project,