As I’ve been struggling with a hectic schedule these past two weeks, I’ve not had nearly enough time to read through all of my favorite blogs. So, this past weekend I decided to do some catching up while eating my favorite, easy to make, dish: Cowboy Caviar and Tortilla Chips. Yum! If my husband ever allowed me near the kitchen, I could admit to making this recipe myself. However, since I’ve been told that I’m not allowed to handle a sharp knife or can-opener, I can only say it looks like an easy recipe to prepare.

Cowboy Caviar

  • 1 can black beans – drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black eyed peas – drained and rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes -drained and rinsed (or substitute 8 oz. of freshly chopped tomatoes)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (jarred or fresh)
  • 4 chives finely chopped
  • small handful of cilantro finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup of Italian dressing

Mix all together, chill, and serve with tortilla chips. I survived the summer eating this and am continuing scarfing it down this fall.

Blogs and posts I caught up on:

  • Wealth Informatics with Strategic Default and Foreclosure. This is a very timely issue in my family right now and I have a note to myself to write a post about this. I’m just waiting to see what happens….
  • Wandering Earl with A Quick Word About Pre-Trip Planning. Since I don’t travel very often, this post answered some visa questions I’m not familiar with. It’s pretty amazing that Earl has been globe-trotting for 11 years!
  • Everyday Tips and Thoughts with I need a Bailout. She’s recently had a lot of large, unexpected bills. I know I hate when that happens, but I’d be crushed if I had to deal with one every month!
  • Money Funk with What is Debt Recycling? This type of investment vehicle is quite risky during certain economic times, but can be profitable in stable economies.
  • First Gen American with Is your Biggest Strength your Biggest Weakness? A great anecdote about how we can sabotage ourselves by not evaluating our strengths and using them to our benefit.

Some thanks to my blog’s top referrers for the month of September. Thank you, thank you!


  1. Thank you for mentioning my post! And that cowboy caviar sounds good 🙂 Too bad my traveling lifestyle rarely brings me close to a kitchen…that’s one thing I definitely miss out on.
    .-= Earl´s last blog ..The Day US Customs Found A Bullet In My Pocket =-.

    • @Earl – That’s the nice thing about this recipe, you really don’t need a kitchen – just a can opener, a strainer of some sort, and a knife (or you could use your hands to rip the cilantro and chives into tiny pieces). It does taste better chilled, but eating it room temp is fine too!

  2. @Suba – I bet avacados would be a yummy addition. (I’m not a big fan of avacado’s myself, but I know many people love them.)

  3. @Everyday Tips – I love beans of all kinds, and black-eyed peas are a very lightly flavored bean. Quite yummy when mixed with these fresh and canned ingredients!

  4. Thank you for the mention and the recipe. 🙂 we just made this chili for our camping trip, with revisions – using one jar hot salsa, one can of kidney beans, and one can of pinto with this homemade chili seasoning (w/o flour in recipe). OMG! great crowd pleaser! All gone. 🙂
    .-= Money Funk´s last blog ..What is Debt Recycling =-.

  5. youngandthrifty Reply

    yum! your recipe looks delicious!
    So you’re saying your husband does all the cooking?!

    I think I’m missing out terribly here! Maybe need to find a guy who wants to do all the cooking, then life is good!
    .-= youngandthrifty´s last blog ..The Dangers of Forex Investing =-.

    • @Young and Thrifty – If you really want to get out of cooking, just make a dish he absolutely despises awfully. That’s sort of what happened many, many years ago when I was trying to impress my husband. I made a fish dinner and didn’t know he didn’t like fish. It didn’t come out very good and from then on he’s made it a point to take over all the cooking!

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