Hillbilly Caviar

I’m so excited for summer to come. I’ve enjoyed the warmer & sunny days we’ve had this past month. There’s nothing like having the windows open and hearing the sounds of spring…birds chirping, breeze blowing, kids playing outside.

Warmer weather also brings picnics & cookouts!  We’ve cooked out burgers a few times at our house already, but I’m still waiting for that first true “picnic”.  You know, the one with potato salad, baked beans, and juicy burgers stacked high with all of the fixings.

This time of year, it seems like I’m always looking for a side dish to take to a family picnic or a get-together with friends.  This Hillbilly Caviar is an easy recipe that is sure to be a hit.  There are many variations of Hillbilly Caviar online, called many different things (Texas Caviar…Bean Salad…etc.). A friend from church actually shared this recipe with me a few years ago and we’ve taken it to several picnics since then.  I always get asked for the recipe, which is a sure sign that it’s a keeper!


This bean, corn, pepper and onion combination has a sweet and tangy vinegar, sugar, and oil dressing on the top that goes great with tortilla chips.














You can easily experiment with the dressing and ingredients of this Hillbilly Caviar. Use olive oil for a heart-healthy oil. Watching your sugar intake?  Reduce the amount of sugar used.  We’ve dropped the sugar to 1/4 of a cup before and enjoyed it just as much.




















Not only is this recipe delicious, but it is colorful. My recipe calls for orange, red, and yellow peppers, but this particular time, I didn’t have orange pepper, so used green pepper.I’m sure you could get creative with what you eat this on.  We’ve only eaten it with tortilla chips.  Have you made a recipe similar to this before? If so, I’d love to hear what you’ve eaten your Hillbilly Caviar with. Leave a comment and share below!

Hillbilly Caviar
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  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 orange, red and yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  1. Combined the beans, corn, peas, peppers and onions in a bowl. In a small separate bowl, mix the oil, sugar and vinegar. Pour the dressing over the bean mixture. Refrigerate for at least an hour so the flavors get mixed well.


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  1. says

    We are always sharing recipes and this one is another keeper!
    I’m printing it out right now!!

    For my diet, I will use an alternate sweetener (agave, or coocnut sugar) and I will have to omit the corn.
    But, I’ll get the same texture and taste!

    Thanks so much!!

    Love, Grandma Clark

    PS…….thanks for the Mother’s Day visit and the pretty flowers!

  2. says

    I didn’t think I liked Hillbilly Caviar but your recipe and that great picture makes me want to give it another try! Pinned to my Saturday Dishes board.

  3. says

    Thanks for bringing this to Saturday Dishes. This will be great with a burger on the 4th! Next Saturday we are featuring BLTs. Hope you can come.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

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