Tex Mex Rice & Black-Eyed Peas

This is quick, simple, affordable, and surprisingly delicious. Seriously - both my dad and brother were asking for several helpings of this meal. I can see me re-creating this for a taco night, burrito night, or just another night of rice and beans. The avocado was SO FRESH, and it added the perfect smooth, cool, flavor to my spicy beans! NOTE: The original recipe called for "fresh salsa" but I used my favorite brand of prepared salsa, a local concoction I buy at Whole Foods.

Tex Mex Rice & Black-Eyed Peas
Adapted from Food Network Magazine, November 2011 Issue
Serves 4

1       cup white rice
1       tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1       cup fresh salsa, plus more for topping
½       teaspoon ground cumin
2       14-ounce cans black-eyed peas (1 undrained; 1 drained and rinsed)
3       cups baby spinach
¼       cup chopped fresh cilantro
1       avocado, halved, pitted and sliced

1. Cook the rice as the label directs. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the salsa and cumin and cook, stirring, until the salsa is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the black-eyed peas, plus the liquid from one of the cans and ¼ cup water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are creamy and tender, about 12 minutes.
2. Fluff the rice with a fork and divide among bowls. Add the spinach and cilantro to the black-eyed pea mixture and stir until wilted, about 1 minute; spoon evenly over the rice. Top each serving with a few avocado slices, some cheese and more salsa. Serve with sour cream or Greek yogurt, if desired.

The original recipe advised to serve with cheese and sour cream, but I thought - who needs it? I didn't - this meal was just fine, as is! PS - who knew I'd love black-eyed peas this much?


  1. That looks soooo good!! And yes there is a bhldn store and its amazing!!! If you are ever in Houston you should take a stop by.


  2. Yum!


  3. Oh my goodness I think I am going to have to make this ASAP!!!

  4. Thanks guys - it was REALLY GOOD!

  5. this looks so good! vegetarian so it's right up my alley! ;)