Thursday, January 5, 2012

Texas Caviar.

Do you ever have those cravings for something a little sweet and a little salty? Please don't tell me that it's just me. I crave sweet and salty ALL. THE. TIME. Which is why the other day I decided to try my hand at Texas Caviar. If you google Texas Caviar you'll come up with a looooong list of recipes. Even some of my twitter friends shared their recipes with me. In the end, no ONE recipe really sounded exactly like what I wanted. So I improvised, and took the bits and pieces that I liked about all the recipes I looked at, and then combined them all to make my very own recipe. And I'm here to share said recipe with you. It should be noted that Connor cried when he finished his serving of this. Score one for healthy snacks for the little one! And when Drew found it, his eyes got big and he exclaimed that it was the best thing I've ever made. Looks like we'll be eating a lot of this in the near future :)
Lindsey's Texas Caviar
1 can white shoepeg corn
1 can black beans
1 can garbanzo beans (chick peas)
1 can Rotel (the lime and cilantro kind)
1 bunch cilantro
1 medium sized bell pepper, chopped
1/4 of a medium sized purple onion, chopped
apple cider vinegar
olive oil
lime juice
minced garlic
salt & pepper

Drain the corn & beans. Add the rotel, green pepper & onion. Mix well. Squirt the lime juice into the bean and rotel mixture. I would guess I used about three Tablespoons worth. Drizzle a few teaspoons of the olive oil. I would guess I only used about two teaspoons.  Pour a generous amount of apple cider vinegar onto the mixture. Add 1 Tablespoon minced garlic and 1/3 cup sugar. Mix well. Salt and pepper to taste. Let it sit in the fridge for a while to marinate. Right before serving hand rip the cilantro. I used about 3/4 of the cilantro bunch, but I L.O.V.E. cilantro, so this may be too much for some people's taste. If that is you, then you can always reduce or even omit the cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips. This makes a TON, but from what I read on some of the recipes that use the vinegar, the vinegar acts like a preservative, so it should stay good for a few days in your fridge. Enjoy!!!

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