Pass the Caviar and Fritos, Please

Do you like recipes that are quick, simple and need no cooking? Hey, me too! That’s why I’m going to share a recipe called South Georgia Caviar.

Now, I can’t tell you how South Georgia Caviar got its name. It’s not because it’s a family secret or anything, it’s just simply because I don’t know and, quite frankly, who really cares? What I do know is variations of this dish are known as Texas Caviar, Southwest Caviar, Cowboy Caviar and my all time favorite Redneck Caviar.

South Georgia Caviar includes black-eyed peas, corn, red pepper, jalapeno and a few other ingredients. You scoop it up and eat it with corn chips, which, in my Southern family, we call Fritos just like all soda/pop we call Coke. Actually, Fritos Scoops work well for eating this great no-cook bean dip. By the way, I LOVE me some Fritos!

I first tried South Georgia Caviar a few years ago when my oldest daughter brought it as an appetizer for Thanksgiving. When I heard the ingredients, my first thought was um, gross. After tasting it, however, I liked it and it was a hit with the family, especially my youngest daughter who is away at college.

My first attempt at making South Georgia Caviar came a few days ago when we went to visit our daughter on campus in South Georgia (Coincidence? I think not). Being the wonderful mom I am, I thought it would be nice to take her something “homemade” (ha, homemade…I crack myself up) and I knew this recipe would make her smile. I was right!

The day before our road trip, I pulled out the recipe card and purchased the ingredients. Once I was ready to prepare, the dish was complete in less than 10 minutes. Bing, bam, boom…a dish fit for a Southern Princess. The trickiest part was keeping my husband and son away long enough for it to marinade overnight and actually get it to my daughter.

So without further delay here is the recipe for South Georgia Caviar. Don’t let the ingredients scare you off from trying this delightful dish. As a matter of fact, you can tweak the ingredients (adding or deleting) to suit your taste. It’s a perfect dip or side dish for all those summer picnics and potlucks that are right around the corner. Just, please, don’t forget the Fritos!

About Diane Simmering

A Southern Mama's Musings on Kids, Kin, Friends, Life and Growing Up in the South. I am a lover of coffee, sweet tea, my crazy Southern family and belly laughs.
This entry was posted in April 2012, Family, It's a Southern Thing, Y'all, Life, Recipes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Pass the Caviar and Fritos, Please

  1. Beth Ann says:

    Yummy!!! Hopping over to get the recipe—I know it is a winner!

  2. Debbie J says:

    One of my faves! See, Paula Dean, southern food CAN be healthy! Thanks for the reminder. Making it this weekend!

  3. My Odd Family says:

    Sounds very tasty and has the most important ingredient for me–Simple. I will have to give it a try with some Fritos and a Coke of-course.

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