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Cowboy Caviar Recipe (aka Texas Caviar)

Cowboy Caviar Recipe (aka Texas Caviar)

This cowboy caviar recipe is easy to make made with a mix of beans, vegetables and a zesty dressing. It has the perfect combination of sweet and tangy tastes and is perfect for game day gatherings or as a party snack or appetizer! 

If you’re a fan of bold, flavorful dips, you’ll love this cowboy caviar recipe! Made with a mix of beans, vegetables, and a zesty dressing, this dish is perfect for any occasion.

cowboy caviar recipe

What is a Cowboy Caviar?

Cowboy caviar, also known as Texas caviar, is a popular dip or salad dish that originated in the southwestern United States. It typically consists of a combination of black-eyed peas, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions, all mixed together with a flavorful vinaigrette or dressing. Some variations also include avocado or jalapenos for added creaminess and a bit of heat.

The dish is popular for its great taste, and being a healthy dish, the ingredients are usually low-fat and gluten-free, it is also vegetarian-friendly. Cowboy caviar is known for its bright and fresh flavor, with a combination of sweet and tangy tastes.

This hearty, healthy appetizer is perfect for game day gatherings or as a party snack, and it’s easy to make using my recipe. Want to learn how to make cowboy caviar? Read on!

Ingredients for Making Cowboy Caviar

To make cowboy caviar, first, gather your ingredients. The ingredients listed below are necessary for the best cowboy caviar recipe + for your reading pleasure, I’ve included how each ingredient contributes to the finished dish by adding its own unique flavor, texture, and nutritional value. When combined, these ingredients create a delicious and healthy dish that can be enjoyed as a dip, a topping, or a side dish.

easy cowboy caviar recipe


1. Black-eyed peas: Black-eyed peas are the base of cowboy caviar, and they add a creamy texture and a nutty flavor to the dish. They also provide a good source of protein and fiber.

2. Black beans: Black beans add a rich, earthy flavor and a creamy texture to the cowboy caviar. They also provide an additional source of protein and fiber.

3. Corn: Corn is a sweet, crunchy addition to cowboy caviar. It adds a bit of texture and a burst of sweetness that complements the other flavors in the dish.

4. Tomatoes: Tomatoes add a fresh, juicy flavor and a bit of acidity to the cowboy caviar. They also add color and a nice texture to the finished dish.

5. Bell peppers: Bell peppers add color, sweetness, and a bit of crunch to cowboy caviar. They can be used in variety of colors, adding an aesthetically pleasing touch to the dish.

6. Onion: Onion adds depth and a bit of sweetness to the cowboy caviar. It also provides a good source of vitamins and minerals.

7. Jalapenos: Jalapenos add a little bit of heat and some bright, fresh flavor to cowboy caviar. They can be used to adjust the level of spiciness as per the preference.

8. Lime juice: Lime juice adds a bright, fresh flavor and a bit of acidity to the cowboy caviar. It helps to balance the flavors in the dish and adds a nice tang to the finished product.

9. Cilantro: Cilantro is a popular herb in cowboy caviar recipes. It adds a refreshing, light herbaceous note to the dish and compliments the other flavors well

10. Dressing or vinaigrette: Dressing or vinaigrette is used to bring all the ingredients together and help bind the dish. The dressing usually contains oil, vinegar, lime juice, and a combination of spices and herbs like cumin, garlic and cilantro which add a zesty punch to the dish

How to Make Easy Cowboy Caviar Recipe

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1. In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients for the dressing then set aside.

2. Next, drain and rinse the black beans and black-eyed peas, then place them in a large bowl along with the corn.

easy cowboy caviar recipe

2. Next, chop the vegetables (red onion, bell peppers, jalapeno, cilantro) and add them to the bowl. Mix everything together well.

cowboy caviar recipe

3. Pour dressing over mixture and mix everything together until it is well coated with the dressing.

4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

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5. When you’re ready to serve, simply spoon the cowboy caviar onto a platter or into a serving bowl and serve with tortilla chips on the side.

What to Serve with Cowboy Caviar

Here are some suggestions for perfect pairings with cowboy caviar:

easy cowboy caviar recipe

  • Corn chips: Corn chips are the traditional way to serve cowboy caviar, and the combination of the crispy chips with the creamy, hearty dip is a classic.
  • Tortillas: Cowboy caviar can also be served with warm, flour tortillas. You can roll the caviar in the tortillas to make soft tacos.
  • Grilled meats: Cowboy caviar pairs well with grilled meats such as chicken, steak, or pork. You can serve the caviar as a topping or a side dish.
  • Fresh veggies: Cowboy caviar also goes well with fresh veggies like carrots, celery, and bell peppers. You can use these veggies as a scooping tool to eat the caviar as a healthy snack
  • Quinoa or Brown rice: You can serve cowboy caviar on top of quinoa or brown rice to make it more filling and a healthy meal.
  • As a topping on a Salad: If you want to enjoy this recipe in a healthier way and get some greens on the side you can use it as a topping for a salad
  • A side dish for fish and seafood: Cowboy caviar can serve as a perfect side dish for fish or seafood, like grilled salmon or baked shrimp, adding a zingy contrast to the dish

Overall, cowboy caviar is a very versatile dish that can be served in many different ways to suit your taste. Feel free to experiment with different pairings to find the perfect one for you!

Tips and Tricks for Making the Perfect Cowboy Caviar

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    1. Use fresh ingredients: Fresh vegetables and beans will give your cowboy caviar the best flavor and texture. Be sure to use ripe tomatoes, crisp bell peppers, and fresh herbs.
    2. Adjust the seasoning: Taste the cowboy caviar before serving and adjust the seasoning as needed. You may want to add more salt, pepper, or lime juice depending on your taste preferences.
    3. Allow time to chill: Cowboy caviar is best served chilled, so be sure to make it ahead of time and allow it to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. This will give the flavors time to meld together.
    4. Experiment with different beans: Black beans and black-eyed peas are commonly used in cowboy caviar recipes, but you can also try using other types of beans, such as kidney or cannellini beans. This can give the caviar a different texture and flavor.
    5. Include avocado or guacamole: Avocado or guacamole can add creaminess and a different flavor profile to the cowboy caviar. Mix diced avocado or a spoonful of guacamole into the mixture before serving.
    6. Try different herbs and spices: You can vary the flavor of your cowboy caviar by trying different herbs and spices like cilantro, parsley, or cumin. It will give an unique twist to the recipe.
    7. Adjust the level of spice: Many cowboy caviar recipes call for diced jalapenos or cayenne pepper to give it some heat. If you prefer less spice, you can reduce the amount of jalapenos or leave out the cayenne pepper entirely.
    8. Make it ahead of time: Cowboy caviar can be made up to 2 days in advance, and the flavor will continue to develop as it sits in the refrigerator. This make it a great dish for parties, events or potlucks.

How to Store Texas Caviar

When it comes to storing cowboy caviar, it’s best to keep it refrigerated until you’re ready to serve it. It will last for several days in the refrigerator, so you can make it in advance if you prefer. Just be sure to cover it well with plastic wrap to keep it fresh.

cowboy caviar recipe

Texas caviar is a great appetizer to serve at any occasion where you want to offer up something hearty and flavorful. It’s particularly well-suited for game day gatherings, backyard barbecues, and other casual get-togethers. It’s also a great choice for potlucks, as it can be made ahead of time and transported easily.

Serve this Cowboy Caviar with tortilla chips as an appetizer at your next party, enjoy it as a side dish with your favorite grilled protein, or follow other suggested pairings listed in this article. Its vibrant colors and bold flavors are sure to be a hit with everyone. So why wait? Give this recipe a try and add a little southwestern flair to your next meal!


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Cowboy Caviar Recipe

  • Author: Jocelyn Brown
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes, Chill time
  • Total Time: 55 minute
  • Yield: 10-12 servings 1x


This cowboy caviar recipe is easy to make made with a mix of beans, vegetables and a zesty dressing. It has the perfect combination of sweet and tangy tastes and is perfect for game day gatherings or as a party snack or appetizer! 


  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 (16 oz) can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 (15 oz) can corn, white or yellow, drained 
  • ½ cup red onion, finely chopped 
  • ½ cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, cleaned, seeded and chopped – more or less pepper for preference 
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped 
  • Tortilla chips, serving 

For the Dressing:

  •   cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin 
  • 1  teaspoon salt
  • ¼  teaspoon pepper


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together ingredients for the dressing, set aside
  2. In a large bowl, add drained beans, black eyed peas and corn
  3. Cut vegetables and add to large bowl
  4. Mix well
  5. Pour dressing over mixture and mix until well combined
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving
  7. Serve with tortilla chips 


Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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    01/21/2023 / 12:35 am

    This looks so good. I do love this type of salad. I’ve not heard this particular name for it. I normally call it a Mexican style salad.

  2. Shilpa Bindlish
    01/20/2023 / 6:26 pm

    This is so colourful recipe. Looks mouthwatering and obviously healthy. Totally my type!

  3. Nayna Kanabar
    01/20/2023 / 2:44 pm

    What a colourful, delicious and protein packed recipe. I love serving this at barbecues and garden parties.
    Looks super delicious and healthy too.

  4. 01/20/2023 / 10:17 am

    I love the recipes that have both sweet and tangy flavors in it. This is so easy to make too perfect for me. Going it to try soon. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Rosey
    01/20/2023 / 9:12 am

    This is chock full of goodies. I’d love to try it here when the grown kids come to visit.

  6. 01/20/2023 / 6:02 am

    Healthy and scrumptious, definitely a dish I would go for. Thank you.

  7. 01/19/2023 / 11:51 pm

    Love this recipe as I love a bean salad with other veggies like jalapenos and such. Plus the ingredients list looks relatively easy to find and acquire. The only problem I have is that my Father-in-Law who is an old codger from Texas would NEVER eat anything with the word caviar in it despite adding the term cowboy to the front, haha!

  8. Stephanie
    01/19/2023 / 8:04 pm

    This is such a delicious recipe. I usually have all the ingredients in my house to make this. Thanks for the great tips.

  9. 01/19/2023 / 7:51 pm

    We used to have this at every family gathering. Many cowboys in the family. Apparently it goes well with Rocky Mountain Oysters.

  10. 01/19/2023 / 7:05 pm

    Where were you? I was searching for a easy recipe to make this caviar since long and finally I got it. I’m saving it as I’m going to try it tomorrow afternoon.

    You’re a Savior Jocelyn…

  11. briannemanzb
    01/19/2023 / 11:55 am

    This Cowboy Caviar makes a great side dish for any picnic, potluck, or party, and is a great way to use up your summer produce! Thank you.

  12. Alita Pacio
    01/19/2023 / 11:55 am

    Cowboy Caviar Recipe is something we all crave about. I would love to experiment more and see what’s the best pairing.

  13. 01/19/2023 / 8:02 am

    Looks like a very filling dish. I love veggies and beans, but my husband and oldest son are very picky. Ill try this recipe and maybe they will enjoy it too.

  14. Debbie
    01/19/2023 / 12:06 am

    This is perfect! I’ve been searching for a Cowboy Caviar Recipe. Your details and instructions are fabulous. Thank you for the recipe!

  15. 01/15/2023 / 11:42 pm

    This sounds so amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  16. 01/14/2023 / 3:45 pm

    Nnniicccceeeee…I bet this caviar will be so good with my chapatti and beef on Sunday! Hopefully, I will make it for myself, this month.

  17. 01/13/2023 / 2:04 pm

    Love these beans and very colorful – also I appreciate how easy it is to prepare and thanks for sharing this with us!

  18. 01/13/2023 / 1:03 pm

    This look so yummy and something I would enjoy eating. I will save this recipe to try it because I love to try new recipe every day.

  19. 01/13/2023 / 11:23 am

    This recipe looks so good, I will have to add it to my list of foods to try. I think I found what I will be taking to the family Super Bowl party!!

  20. Ebony
    01/13/2023 / 4:14 am

    This recipe was soooo good! We tried a few bites after mixing the ingredients and it was even better after allowing it to chill for a few hours as you suggested! I also added some garlic powder and onion powder to the dressing. Can’t wait to make this again!

    • 01/13/2023 / 4:27 am

      Thanks for sharing your feedback on the recipe, Ebony. I appreciate it a lot!

  21. 01/13/2023 / 3:42 am

    This is a wonderful recipe. Did not know how to use caviar to cook.

  22. 01/13/2023 / 12:03 am

    I really can’t get over that dish name! It’s too funny and I’d love to try it out as a tortilla chip dip!!

  23. 01/12/2023 / 8:34 pm

    This looks like the perfect dish to make this weekend! My family is going to love it.

  24. Luna S
    01/12/2023 / 7:24 pm

    This sounds like it would be the perfect side dish for a BBQ night with my family!

  25. 01/12/2023 / 4:15 pm

    Wow! What a delicious idea! My family will go crazy over it!

  26. 01/12/2023 / 4:09 pm

    This looks so good and would be perfect to add to homemade chipotle bowls too. I’ll have to make a batch to eat with chips too. Yum!

  27. Richelle Milar
    01/12/2023 / 4:08 pm

    Oh my! My husband and my dad would really love this! It looks absolutely delicious and tasty!

  28. 01/12/2023 / 2:12 pm

    This cowboy caviar looks yuuum, can’t wait to try!

  29. 01/12/2023 / 9:44 am

    I’m always down to make recipes that are a mix of beans, and vegetables. It’s very healthy.

  30. 01/12/2023 / 4:06 am

    This is definitely a staple here in Texas. It’s at all the potlucks I go to, and everyone seems to make it a little different. THe black-eyed peas, black beans, and corn never change though!

  31. Amber Myers
    01/12/2023 / 2:13 am

    This looks tasty. I like spicy foods so this is perfect for me.

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