Cowboy Caviar Recipe: Special Tex-Mex Dish

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Cowboy Caviar Recipe
Cowboy caviar is a colorful and flavorful salad-like dish made with beans, corn, fresh vegetables, and a zesty dressing. It's perfect as a side dish, dip, or topping for grilled meats.

Hey there, I’m Jacob Allen from Beyond the Bayou Blog. Today, I’m excited to share a dish that holds a special place in my heart—Cowboy Caviar.

Back when I was living in the city, my buddies and I loved to explore new recipes to break the routine of city life. One day, while going through a local farmer’s market, we stopped at the cowboy caviar. Intrigued by its Tex-Mex origins.

As we come in my cozy kitchen, we divided up the tasks and poured our passion into creating this flavorful dish. Mixing the beans, veggies, and dressing was a breeze, and the smell that filled the room was simply tasty.

Now, whenever I make cowboy caviar, it’s not just about the taste; it’s about the joy of cooking and the memories we created together. Join me in savoring this yummy recipe and making new memories of your own!

History of Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Back in the 1950s, Helen Corbitt, the food director of Neiman Marcus, introduced a dish at a party in Houston, Texas. With its simple ingredients, the guests playfully dubbed it “Cowboy Caviar.”

Is it a salsa? A dip? Or perhaps a black bean salad? Whatever you call it, I just call it delicious. Cowboy Caviar, also known as “Texas Caviar,” is like a beefed-up Pico De Gallo salsa, but with a twist—it’s loaded with beans, avocado, and corn, and dressed with a special ingredient: Italian dressing.

With its vibrant colors and protein-packed black beans, Cowboy Caviar is a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. While you can now find pre-packaged versions in stores like Costco and Trader Joe’s, there’s something special about making it fresh at home.

Overview: How to Make Cowboy Caviar Recipe?

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Cowboy caviar is a tasty dish full of beans, veggies, and zesty flavors. It’s like a Tex-Mex party in your mouth! This recipe is perfect for any occasion, from picnics to potlucks. With its colorful ingredients and easy prep, cowboy caviar adds a burst of freshness to your table.

To make cowboy caviar, simply mix together black beans, corn, tomatoes, and peppers in a big bowl. Then, whisk up a tangy dressing with lime juice, olive oil, and spices. Pour the dressing over the veggies and beans, toss everything together, and you’re ready to serve!

Cowboy caviar is not just delicious; it’s also nutritious! Packed with fiber, vitamins, and protein, it’s a healthy option for snacking or side dishes. Plus, you can customize it with your favorite ingredients like avocado or jalapenos for an extra kick. Try cowboy caviar today and taste the flavor fiesta!

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Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Cowboy caviar is a colorful and flavorful salad-like dish made with beans, corn, fresh vegetables, and a zesty dressing. It's perfect as a side dish, dip, or topping for grilled meats.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: tex mex
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Calories: 180kcal
Author: Jacob Allen
Servings: 8 Servings


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • serving bowl.


  • 1 can 15 ounces black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can 15 ounces black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can 15 ounces corn, drained
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large bowl, combine black beans, black-eyed peas, corn, tomato, bell pepper, red onion, and cilantro.
  • In a separate small bowl, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour the dressing over the bean mixture and toss gently to combine.
  • Gently fold in diced avocado.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.


  1. For added heat, consider adding diced jalapenos or a dash of hot sauce to the dressing.
  2. This dish can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Just add the avocado right before serving to prevent browning.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 200mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 3g

Time For My Personal Tips!

Tip 1: Rinse canned beans and corn thoroughly to reduce excess sodium and improve texture.

Tip 2: Adjust the seasoning to your preference by tasting the dressing before adding it to the salad mixture.

Tip 3: For a party, serve cowboy caviar in individual small cups or lettuce wraps for easy portion control and minimal mess.


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  1. Spicy Variation: Add diced jalapenos or a dash of hot sauce to the dressing for extra heat.
  2. Creamy Variation: Mix in some creamy avocado or a dollop of Greek yogurt for added richness.
  3. Citrusy Variation: Substitute lemon juice for lime juice in the dressing for a slightly different citrus flavor.These variations will add a new dimension of flavor to your cowboy caviar!

What to Serve With Cowboy Caviar Recipe?

Quick Cowboy Caviar Recipe:

You can make Texas Caviar ahead of time, up to two days in advance. Just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. However, if you leave it for longer than two days, the vegetables might lose their crispness. Also, feel free to double or triple the recipe if you’re expecting a big crowd at your party!

Secret Tip!

If you are waiting longer than 30 minutes to serve, you can wait to add the avocados. Add them right before serving so they don’t turn brown

Storage And Freezing!

Storing cowboy caviar is easy! You can keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Just make sure to stir it well before serving to redistribute the flavors. If you have leftovers and want to freeze them, you can do that too! Transfer the cowboy caviar to a freezer-safe container or bag, leaving some room for expansion, and seal it tightly. It should keep well in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen cowboy caviar, simply thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. Give it a good stir before serving to bring back its fresh flavors. Keep in mind that the texture of the vegetables may be slightly softer after freezing, but the taste will still be delicious!

Can I Use Fresh Beans And Corn Instead of Canned?

Yes, you can cook and use fresh beans and corn. Just make sure they are fully cooked and cooled before mixing them with the other ingredients.

Can I Make Cowboy Caviar Spicy?

Yes, you can add diced jalapenos or a dash of hot sauce to the dressing for extra heat. Adjust the amount to your preference.

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