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Poor Man's Caviar Recipes

You can easily make this delicious spread which generally begins with either black eyed peas or olives. This page contains poor man's caviar recipes.


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  • 1 lb. black-eyed peas or 2 cans black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 Tbsp. pimentos
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped garlic or 1/4 tsp. garlic powder


Mix mashed peas with dressing in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients, mixing well. Use with various kinds of chips or crackers.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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February 12, 2010

Delish and quick.



In food processor pulse olives and peppers until they are in small pieces to spread on thinly sliced ~2 in. pieces of toasted garlic bread.

Use more or less olives/peppers to taste.

Servings: >10
Time:10 Minutes Preparation Time
0 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: My recipe

By Cj from Hull, MA

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  • 2 cans blackeyed peas, drained (15 oz. each)
  • 1 can black olives, drained (16 oz.)
  • 1 can chopped green chilies, undrained (4 oz.)
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  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 onion, chopped or green onions
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped (opt.)
  • 1/2-3/4 cups picante sauce
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped


Combine all ingredients - season to taste. Make 24 hours ahead and refrigerate. Keeps weeks in the refrigerator. Makes 1/2 gallon. Serve with corn chips.

By Robin from Washington, Ia

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April 11, 2005

Mexican Caviar


  • 2 cans chopped ripe olives
  • 2 cans chopped green chilies
  • 4 tomatoes (seeded and chopped)
  • 3 green onions (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. chives (chopped)
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • Dash of seasoning salt


Mix all ingredients together. Chill, or serve at room temperature. Serve with corn chips.

By Robin

Poor Man's Caviar (Salsa)

Here is a yummy recipe for salsa. it is called Poor Man's Caviar.


  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1 can Shoepeg corn
  • 1 can black beans (drained)
  • 1 can Black eyed Peas (drained)
  • 1 tsp. chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 small bottle Zesty Italian Dressing


Mix together and chill. serve with corn chips.

By Tracy

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