Black Eyed Pea Pomegranate Queso

I know what you’re gonna say. You put black eyed peas and pomegranate in your queso??

Shea, are you just trying to be crazy off the charts creative? IMG316 No.

I have ideas about food that literally pop up in my head daily. Hourly. I have no control over this – I text myself random ideas so I don’t forget them if I’m busy. I’ve learned to trust my instincts when it comes to my palate. Am I on point every time? Absolutely not. But creating good food is definitely a trial and error kinda thing.

This is good stuff. I tend to make salsas, picos, etc. on a regular basis around here. Sometimes they include different kinds of beans or peas, sometimes pomegranate, of course with the usual stuff  – tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, cilantro, etc.

This time I got a wild hair and wanted to see what my queso would taste like combined with the last batch of salsa, which was black eyed pea pomegranate.  IMGP7324 Remember this queso? That’s what I used to combine with the black eyed pea salsa. If you’re not in the mood to make the cheese part yourself, you could always use store bought queso. It won’t hurt my feelings.

But don’t skimp on the pomegranate arils. They make this so unique. Not only do I want to put jalapenos on everything, I think I could put these little arils on everything too. IMGP7300 Not only is it delicious, it’s so pretty.

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Black Eyed Pea Pomegranate Queso

Ingredients

  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, washed and diced (2 if you like heat)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • Handful fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • Salt, to taste
  • This Queso
  • Jalapeno Slices, scallions and pomegranate arils, for garnishing

Instructions

  • Combine tomatoes through vinegar in a large bowl.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Make queso, and add tomato pea mixture (it's essentially black eyed pea salsa), as much or little as you want.
  • Top with jalapeno slices and more pomegranate arils.
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