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Cowboy Caviar

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Cowboy caviar, or Texas caviar, is an easy fresh dip that takes less than 15 minutes to whip up.

It is an excellent side dish for a potluck, holiday, barbecue, party, or any time.

You can use your summer produce to make it the freshest summer dip.

Cowboy caviar in a bowl on a wood cutting board

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Cowboy Caviar Recipe

This recipe only requires chopping veggies, opening a few cans, and tossing the dressing over everything.

I found a recipe for Cowboy Caviar in a magazine years ago and have been perfecting it to make it the best ever.

Recipe ingredients on the counter

Cowboy Caviar Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • White or red wine vinegar
  • Garlic powder or fresh garlic clove
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Fresh Lime juice
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Roma Tomatoes (I used small tomatoes from my garden)
  • Can of both black beans, black-eyed peas
  • Canned, frozen, or fresh corn
  • Red onion
  • Green and red bell pepper
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Green onion

Special Tools:

Dressing

In a wide-mouth jar, add all the dressing ingredients, then screw on the lid and shake to incorporate.

steps for adding dressing ingredients to the jar
Shaking the jar with the dressing

Vegetable Preparation

Place the drained and rinsed black beans and black-eyed peas in a large bowl.

Next, add the drained corn.

Chop/dice the red onion and red and green peppers and place them in the bowl.

Seed and dice the Roma tomatoes, then add them to the bowl.

Rinse, then chop the cilantro and place in the bowl.

All veggies for Cowboy Caviar in a bowl

Tossing Vegetables with Dressing

Give the dressing jar a few good shakes, remove the lid, and pour over all the vegetables and cilantro. Toss.

Tip: Short on time? You can use a store-bought or homemade Italian dressing for a super-fast variation.

Pouring the dressing over the vegetables and cilantro in the bowl

Cowboy caviar in a bowl on a wood cutting board

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy caviar, or Texas caviar, is an easy fresh dip that takes less than 15 minutes to whip up. It has a zippy, tangy, fresh flavor that pairs with grilled meats, tortilla chips, etc.
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Tex Mex
Keyword: Cowboy Caviar, Texas Caviar
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 162kcal

Ingredients

Dressing

  • cup Olive oil (virgin)
  • cup White or red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder or one garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ Lime (Juice of ½ of a lime)
  • 1 teaspoon grandulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Vegetables

  • 5 each Roma tomatoes seeded and diced
  • 15-ounce can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 15-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • *11-ounce can of corn drained
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 1 Red pepper diced
  • ½ Green pepper diced
  • 1 cup Fresh cilantro chopped

Garnish

  • 1 bunch Green onions

Instructions

Dressing

  • In a wide-mouth jar, add all the dressing ingredients, then screw on the lid and shake to incorporate.

Vegetable Preparation

  • Place the drained and rinsed black beans and black-eyed peas in a large bowl.
  • Next, add the drained corn.
  • Chop/dice the red onion, red and green peppers and place in the bowl.
  • Seed and dice the Roma tomatoes, and then add them to the bowl.
  • Rinse, then chop the cilantro and place in the bowl.

Tossing Vegetables with Dressing

  • Give the dressing jar a few good shakes, remove the lid, and pour over all the vegetables and cilantro. Toss.

Equipment

1 Chef knife
1 Wide mouth jar
1 Large Mixing Bowl

Notes

*Freshly cooked or thawed frozen corn can be used for this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 288mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 620IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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How to Serve

I usually serve Cowboy Caviar with tortilla chips, but I also serve it as a topping for grilled chicken or on a bed of fresh salad greens. The possibilities are endless.

Tip: I bake tortillas instead of buying them ready-made for a lighter chip.

Optional: Just before serving garnish with chopped green onions.

how to serve dip with chips

More Summer Recipes To Enjoy:

Kippi

Ps. This post was shared on Between Naps on The Porch.

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Niko

Monday 8th of July 2024

Appreciate the depth of information in this post. Well done. Solar

Jess

Sunday 7th of July 2024

So colorful! Great recipe and photos!

Tina Weaver

Saturday 6th of July 2024

Great instructions !!! Looking forward to trying this. Thank you !!

Kippi

Saturday 6th of July 2024

@Tina Weaver, Thank you so much for your visit. I hope you enjoy this recipe, too.

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