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THE RECIPE BOX: Texas caviar always a big hit wherever it goes

Staff Photo: Julie Wells. Make Texas caviar for  your next get together and serve it with your favorite tortilla chips.

Staff Photo: Julie Wells. Make Texas caviar for your next get together and serve it with your favorite tortilla chips.

Don't let the name of this recipe fool you because this version of Texas caviar was probably the most talked about food item at my wedding.

People still ask, "What was that bean salsa-like stuff at your wedding?" I just laugh and smile because, of course, that question brings back great memories of my wedding.

To set the scene for you, Kevin and I decided to have a taco bar at our wedding. Sure, that is non-traditional, but, as we learned, it turned out great.

When we presented that idea to Rita Wasson, our caterer for the wedding and a close family friend, she thought the taco bar was a wonderful idea.

I left the food in her hands. I told her the basics that I wanted and let her take it from there.

Rita has been cooking for about 50 years, so she knows what she is doing and, besides that, her food speaks for itself. (She is the reader who submitted the one-step cake recipe for a prior column -- the one where you blend a cake mix and a can of soda. I got a lot of response from that recipe.)

Texas caviar, also known as redneck caviar, is a big hit wherever you might take this dish. It is fresh tasting and delicious. If you are one who isn't keen on tomato-based salsa-like dishes, this might become your new favorite dip.

Serve it at your next taco night, family gathering or shower, or just make some to have on hand.

By the way, it is as easy as pie to make. So get those tortilla chips out and get ready to start dippin'.