I first heard about cowboy caviar several years ago when my sister-in-law brought it to a family dinner. We all pretty much flipped out and used the "it's to die for!" Nielson catch phrase that many of our in-laws choose to tease us about. :) Then we demanded the recipe. Lately I've seen a version of it at Costco but I just can't get myself to try it when this recipe is perfection and it's so easy. Make it for your next party and get ready for some serious worshiping.
1 can blackeyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 large tomato, diced small
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
5 green onions, chopped
2 - 3 avocados, diced (the more the better, if you ask me!)
1 teaspoon cumin
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Serve with tortilla chips.
A few tips: I think this is best served at room temperature and it doesn't keep very well. It's so easy though that you can throw it together in just a few minutes and I can almost guarantee that a batch won't last long enough that you'd have to store it in the refrigerator anyway. I think its optimal flavor is after it has been sitting on the counter for about 10 - 15 minutes. If you absolutely must make it ahead of time, assemble everything except the tomatoes, cilantro and avocado and add them right before serving.