Donna's Recipes

Donna's Bean Caviar

This is an adaptation of an old recipe. Adding diced fennel gives it a new kick. Make it ahead to blend the flavors. It keeps well for over a week and can be served as an interesting side dish or as an appetizer with corn chips.

  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) blackeyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (11 ounces) corn, drained
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium red pepper, diced
  • 1 medium sweet onions, diced
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, thinly diced
  • 1 stalk celery, thinly diced


  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup Splenda or additional sugar to taste 

In a large bowl, combine the canned beans, corn, peppers, onion, fennel, and celery. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine, vinegar, sugar, oil, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and continue to boil gently for 10 minutes. Remove from stove and add Splenda or additional 1/4 cup sugar. Add additional sugar to taste if desired. Stir until dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Add dressing to bean mixture and stir to mix well.

Note: It works well to store the bean mixture in a large zip lock plastic bag. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Toss bag occasionally to mix.

Serves 10

Nutritional Information per serving:

  • Calories: 200
  • Fat, gm.: 3
  • Protein, gm.: 7
  • Carbs, gm.: 36
  • Cholesterol, mg.: 0
  • Fiber, gm.: 6.7

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