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This colorful and crunchy “caviar” is full of fiber, very low in fat, and cholesterol free, making it a wonderful dip for reducing cancer risk. Scoop it up with Baked Tortilla Chips or wedges of whole-grain pita bread.

Yields: Makes 4 cups


1/2 cup bulgur

1/4 tsp salt (optional)

1 cup boiling water

1 1/2 cups cooked or canned black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained

2 tomatoes, finely chopped

1 green bell pepper, finely chopped

3 green onions, finely chopped

1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

3 T freshly squeezed lime juice

1-2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced, or 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1-2 tsp adobo sauce (from the chiles; optional)

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/4-1/2 tsp ground coriander


Combine the bulgur and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the boiling water, cover, and let stand for about 25 minutes, or until the bulgur is tender. Drain off any excess water.

Transfer the bulgur to a large mixing bowl. Add all of the remaining ingredients and stir until well combined. Taste and adjust the salt, lime juice, and adobo sauce if needed. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Stored in a covered container in the refrigerator, leftover Texas Caviar will keep for up to 3 days.

PER SERVING: 43 calories; 0.2 g fat; 0.1 g saturated fat; 5% calories from fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 2.2 g protein; 8.6 g carbohydrate; 1 g sugar; 2.1 g fiber; 134 mg sodium; 13 mg calcium; 0.8 mg iron; 10.1 mg vitamin C; 117 mcg beta-carotene; 0.2 mg vitamin E

Additional Tips

Substitute jalapeno chili peppers for the chipotle chilies.