I don’t know about you, but when it comes time for the big game and big game parties, I am all about the food. Getting together with friends and family for a game day gathering is so much better when fantastic finger foods are involved. For today’s Sunday Supper with Gallo Family Vineyards, I am bringing a big bowl of Kicked Up Texas Caviar for all to enjoy!
Texas caviar has been served at my house ever since I can remember. My mom would make a big batch every year for New Year’s Day since it is filled with black eyed peas (for good luck), but now it has become a favorite dip for parties. It is so easy to put together, it’s filled with bright colors, it features different textures, and it pleases a crowd every single time. I love that I can put together a batch of Texas caviar the night before the big party, and simply pull it out at game time to serve with a big bowl of tortilla chips.
But for as many times as I’ve served Texas caviar at parties, it is time to kick it up a notch and change it a bit. And that is occurring with the addition of one of my all time favorite foods: avocado. Adding chunks of creamy avocado was JUST what this favorite dip of mine needed to kick everything up another notch. I’m hooked.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without the addition of wine. For this Kicked Up Texas Caviar, I suggest pouring a glass of Gallo Family Vineyards’ Sauvignon Blanc. It is light bodied and crisp, with flavors of honeydew, citrus, and apple. It’s a great companion for salads, seafood, and pesto. It’s a refreshing choice to sip alongside this delicious dip!
Not that I’m anticipating you’ll have any leftovers, but if you happen to have some Texas Caviar in the bowl after the big game party is over and done with, it can really show its versatility with other dishes. I highly recommend adding a big scoop to a bowl of fresh greens; it is a wonderful salad topping that will have you ready for lunch in a split second.
Need some tips for hosting the big game at your home? Check out Gallo’s advice. Looking for food and wine pairings for your Supper Bowl? Gallo has you covered with their pairing suggestions. If you are looking for even more football finger foods, make sure to check out Gallo’s selection of recipes as well! And if you’re interested in seeing last year’s entertaining pairings from Sunday Supper, check them out on Gallo Family’s blog.
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- 1 (14oz) can black eye peas, drained
- 1 cup corn kernels (if using frozen, thaw before using)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 3 green onions, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup bell pepper (either green or assorted colors), diced
- 5 tablespoons Italian dressing
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
- 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (optional)
- 1 avocado, cubed
- Combine black eye peas, corn, tomato, green onion, garlic, and bell pepper in a large bowl. Toss gently to mix well. Pour Italian dressing over the mixture and carefully stir to coat.
- Cover and marinate at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. Texas Caviar is best if left overnight!
- Before serving, drain excess liquid that accumulates, gently stir in cubed avocado. Serve Texas Caviar with tortilla chips. Enjoy!
Make sure you take a look through all of the wonderful recipes the Sunday Supper family has created below. We hope you’ll bring along some of your favorite recipes and wine pairings this week as well!
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- Bacon Wrapped Bison Burger Sliders by Nosh My Way
- Baked Southwestern Eggrolls by Flavor Mosaic
- Buffalo Chicken Loaded Baked Sweet Potato Fries by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Cheesy Baked Arancini by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Chorizo Cheese Dip by Casa de Crews
- Cuban Sandwich Sliders by Recipe for Perfection
- Everything Bagel Breadsticks & Smoked Salmon Dip by Foxes Love Lemons
- Kicked Up Texas Caviar by Ruffles & Truffles
- Mini Mexican Tarts by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Mexican Chicken Meatballs with Queso by Curious Cuisiniere
- Philadelphia Cheesesteak Dip by Family Foodie
- Pizza Quinoa Bites by Alida’s Kitchen
- Polenta Crostini with Mushroom Sauce by Brunch with Joy
- Rosemary White Bean Dip by Magnolia Days
- Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Sausage & Caramelized Onion Pita Pizza by The Messy Baker
- Spicy Sticky Chicken Wings and Onion Rings by Nik Snacks
- Spicy Stuffed Mushrooms by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Sweet & Spicy Mango Meatballs by Peanut Butter and Peppers
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Forget the chips, just pass me the bowl and a big spoon. Yum!
That’s pretty much what I always want to do!
I love this yummy, guilt-free dip! I agree! Pass the bowl please. You will need more than one bowl because one will be just for me!
I always like making a double batch (or bigger!) just because I know I’ll eat it!
I do love a good Texas caviar. Great pairing with the wine!
Yum, the addition of avocado is a great idea and I bet this would be a great omlette topper too!
That sounds like a great idea – love it!
Oh, I love absolutely everything about this dip! Perfect with chips, but I’d be just as happy eating it as a salad with a BIG spoon!
I’ve been known to sneak into the refrigerator and steal some out with a spoon!
What a great name for a recipe, Love it! I also love black eyed peas, what a fabulous addition. Sauvignon Blanc is my favorite white wine. It’s the only kind I drink. Can I come to your party-haha?
Sauvignon Blanc is definitely my go-to white wine at the moment. Love it!
Katie, this looks amazing! I love everything about it! It’s just so light and gorgeous!
This dip is calling my name. I love this kicked up appetizer. Pinned.
I’m biased but I agree 😉
I am alllllll about make ahead dips – esp one with so many flavors like this one!
Make ahead dishes are seriously a lifesaver sometimes!
I’ve never heard of Texas Caviar but it looks amazing and definitely perfect for a big crowd.
Definitely give it a try!
I made Texas caviar for the first time this year. It was delicious but yours looks amazing!
This is a new one on me, too, but it sounds so light and delicious! A great dip!
This looks soooo good and makes me so sad that I am allergic to avocado now. I will have to make it and then just live vicariously through my game day friends!
It is still oh so tasty even without the avocado – I promise!
LOVE your idea to add avocado — you really can’t go wrong with that! This is such a pretty bowl of food, and if it’s anything like any Texas Caviar I’ve ever had, extremely tasty and addicting! I could go for some of this right now..
I’ve been thinking about adding avocado for quite some time…I had to do it!
This is a crowd favorite here too!
You can’t go wrong!
Such a colorful and flavorful dip!
Love all the veggies and beautiful colors. This is my kind of dip!
Love the avocado addition! And before I even finished reading your post, I was thinking about scooping some over a nice salad!
Great minds think alike!
Never have I heard of texas caviar before.. but after seeing this post it is something I have to make. I can definitely see myself devouring a large bowl of it!
Try it out – you’ll love it!
Katie, this looks great! Texas caviar is a new term for me, but yours looks so inviting. Pinned for later!
Hope you give it a try!
I love this mix with all of that great avocado! Going on my game-day snack menu!
Hope it goes over swimmingly!!!
I’ve never tried Texas Caviar, but I really want to. I have this bag of black eyed peas that have been hanging around FOREVER. I think I bought too many one time when I was making Hoppin’ John. But people say that dried beans last indefinitely, I think!
Hmmm – it doesn’t hurt to try I’d say!!! 😉