Saturday, March 7, 2009

Auntie Judy's Black Eyed Pea Salsa

Last summer I needed a great take-along dish for a potluck party. The party was for about 40 people and outdoors. So, I needed something easy, that wouldn't need to be kept hot or cold. I also wanted to take something savory instead of a dessert because I was told the desserts were well taken care of.

I called in the troops (my mom) who just so happened to be with one of her troops (my Auntie Judy). They came up with this great salsa. I don't know where they got it (such as a magazine, book or if they made it up). It is really easy, the ingredients aren't full of "eye of newt" (nothing wrong with "eye of newt," but not easily found locally..heehee) and I think really yummy. It also can be customized to how hot (spicy) you like your salsa. I have changed it up a few times playing with the salsa (using all hot vs. the blend) and the jalepeno a few times...I like it hot (as in throw in the seeds and use the hotter salsa)!

What you will need:

I kept it "straight" for the party...and everyone seemed to like it. Some were like me and wanted it to have more kick or heat. Others thought it was perfect because it wasn't spicy. I have served this a few other times, but mostly I find myself making it for my own dinner more than anything! Good protein in them there beans, just have to be careful with the chips! :-)

One caution for you, that I learned the really hard way...once you cut the jalepeno, please wash your hands well. It is really incredibly painful to have jalepeno juices in your me on this one. No...really...wash well, twice.

The Finished Product

Recipe: Auntie Judy's Black Eyed Pea Salsa
1 (15 1/2 ounce) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed, drained
1 (11 ounce) can white shoepeg corn, drained
1 1/3 cups mild salsa
1 cup medium hot salsa
3/4 cup green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup green onion, chopped
1 (4 1/4 ounce) can olives, chopped, drained
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped, seeded
1 packet Italian salad dressing mix (dry)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix together and serve wtih tortilla chips. I prefer Tostitos Scoops. Again, be creative...spice it up, or keep it mild.

Enjoy with love,

1 comment:

  1. I wanted to make a "Black Eyed Peas" salsa for my friend's Rockstar baby shower, and I stumble on this recipe. Just made it and it is even better than I thought it would be! I didn't really know what to expect, but it's so flavorful! Her shower's tomorrow and I know it's going to be a hit (if we don't eat it all before then! ha!)