Slow Cooker Texas Caviar

64 servings (or about 2 if you’re like me and my husband)
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1/2 yellow onion

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 bunch green onions, chopped

1 jalapeno pepper, chopped

1 T minced garlic

2-3 fresh tomatoes on the vine

1 (8 oz) bottle zesty Italian dressing

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 cup dried black beans

1/2 cup dried white beans

1/2 cup wheat (to make into wheat berries)

Rinse and drain the black and white beans. Place in slow cooker (I did mine in separate slow cookers so that the white beans wouldn’t look gray). Add 4 cups water (to each slow cooker). Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours, or until tender and cooked through. (My black beans cooked quicker than the white beans). The wheat needs to be cooked as well. Add it to a slow cooker with 4 cups of water and cook on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours. You can prepare these all ahead of time. When the wheat and beans are cooked, drain off all the water. In a large bowl combine the beans, wheat berries, and all the remaining ingredients. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.


This is one of my all time favorite recipes. I changed it up a bit to use the slow cooker. Usually, I would just use canned beans but in an attempt to make it cheaper and use some food storage I have made it with dried beans. The dried beans cook great in the slow cooker. I never soak mine but people tell me that when you soak the beans some of the gas is released…so if you want to soak you can (if you don’t care about being gaseous then do it my way 🙂 I also added wheatberries (a.k.a. cooked wheat) to my recipe. This adds a little texture and some extra fiber and nutrients. It’s totally optional but I liked it…and again I used my food storage. All in all, this is pretty much the most addicting salsa type food in the world. It is so good and it is great to bring to barbecues and potlucks. You’ll be asked for the recipe, Iguarantee it. And then you can enthusiastically tell them about my blog and how it has changed your life (for the better, or course). Enjoy! 5 stars.