Easy and Perfect Good Luck Salsa
Growing up in the South one of the New Years traditions is to eat black eyed peas for good luck. My mother is cajun through and through, which is one reason I think she just loves most superstitions. But regardless of her reasons, she always made us eat black eyed peas (at least 12 for the months) growing up. My confession is that I have always hated them!! I think they smell awful and my little dramatic childhood self would feign gagging on each bite. All that changed when my sister introduced us to Texas Caviar. The kind we originally had was called Hill Country Caviar from New Canaan Farms (http://newcanaanfarms.com/) and it was amazing as is everything from them! It was essentially salsa with black eyed peas. I loved it then and LOVE it still today!!
Of course as a college kid on a budget who worked retail and didn't live in Texas I had to figure out a way to make it since I didn't get to go home around that time. This recipe is one I've tweaked over the years and is really just simple and basic pico recipe with black eyed peas mixed in but it amazingly fresh and tasty!
1-2 tomatoes - I used about 1 1/2 diced
1/2-1 onion - I used about a 1/2 diced
1-2 fresh jalapeños - I used 1 diced
1 clove of garlic - minced
1/2-1 bunch cilantro - really do to taste for you. I used less this time because my hubby is not a fan
1 cup black eyed peas - I measured before I cooked them. It made about two pints and I used one pint so probably a little more than a can if you bought them canned just remember to drain and rinse - cook as it says on package, cool, drain, and rinse.
Juice of 1 lime
Salt to taste - I used about 1 tbs
Avocado to garnish - I would add it right in but it lasts longer if you add this as you eat
First combine tomatoes, onions, jalapeno, cilantro, and peas. You can dice using a food processor and the entire process takes about 10 minutes. Then add juice and salt to taste. If you like blended salsa you could definitely do that here and have it smoother but I like chunky.
Enjoy as is or add avocados or anything else your heart desires. I have also seen it with corn and other yummy stuff but the simple is my favorite. This recipe makes close to 2 pint jars and will last a couple weeks in the fridge but honestly probably won't last that long because it is amazing!!
Happy Cooking and Happy New Year!