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Cowboy Caviar Recipe: A Party Favorite

Cowboy Caviar, this vibrant and hearty dip is a crowd-pleaser, perfect for parties or a family snack.

July 1, 2023
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 25 mins
Cooking 0 mins
Total 25 mins



  1. In a large bowl, combine the black beans, sweet corn, diced peppers, chopped onion, jalapenos, and cherry tomatoes.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to create a dressing.
  3. Pour the dressing over the vegetable and bean mixture, tossing to ensure everything is evenly coated.
  4. Stir in the chopped cilantro, adjusting the seasoning if necessary.
  5. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.
  6. Serve your Cowboy Caviar with tortilla chips or as a side dish with grilled meats. Enjoy this vibrant, flavorful dish that's sure to be a hit at any gathering!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Cowboy Caviar (Texas Caviar)
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Protein 6 g12%
Total Fat 11 g14.1%
Sodium 248 mg10.8%
Potassium 490 mg10.4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use fresh vegetables like tomatoes, bell peppers, corn, red onions, and cilantro to add color and texture to the dish. Opt for ripe tomatoes for the best flavor.
  • Chop all the ingredients into small, uniform pieces. This ensures that each bite has a perfect balance of flavors and textures. Aim for bite-sized pieces that are easy to scoop up with tortilla chips.
  • The trick to the best possible cowboy caviar is to dice the ingredients that need dicing (the tomatoes, onion, and pepper) very small; the smaller the better. Try to keep your tomato and avocado pieces petite rather than big and chunky (about bean-sized works great!).
  • To easily cut the avocado, slice it in half and then score it into small pieces using a knife. Then just scoop everything out into the bowl with a large spoon.
  • Let it marinate. Cowboy caviar tastes even better after it has had some time to marinate. Once you've mixed all the ingredients together, refrigerate it for at least an hour, or even overnight, to allow the flavors to meld together. This will result in a tastier and more flavorful dish.
  • Season the cowboy caviar with salt, pepper, and your choice of spices like cumin or chili powder to enhance the flavors. For the dressing, a combination of lime juice, olive oil, and vinegar works well. Adjust the dressing quantities to your preference, ensuring that all the ingredients are evenly coated.
  • Cowboy Caviar tastes amazing eaten straight from the spoon or served with tortilla chips.
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Get ready to lasso up some flavors with our Cowboy Caviar recipe! This colorful and zesty dip, also known as Texas Caviar, is a party favorite in the Southwestern United States. Bursting with fresh vegetables and beans, it's a hearty snack that's as nutritious as it is delicious. Whether you're hosting a barbecue, game night, or just craving a flavorful snack, this Cowboy Caviar is sure to satisfy.

What Is Cowboy Caviar?

Cowboy Caviar, also known as Texas Caviar, is a popular dish in the United States, particularly in the South and Midwest. It's a salad made from black-eyed peas and other ingredients tossed in a vinaigrette dressing. The term "appropriation" in this context could refer to the debate about the cultural origins of certain foods and who has the "right" to prepare and sell them. However, Cowboy Caviar is generally considered a part of American cuisine.

What Is The Actual Name Of Cowboy Caviar?

Cowboy Caviar is also known as Texas Caviar. It's a salad made from black-eyed peas, black beans, and a variety of fresh vegetables, often served as a dip with tortilla chips.

Why Do They Call It Cowboy Caviar?

"Cowboy Caviar," also known as "Texas Caviar," was first created by Helen Corbitt, a famed Texas cook. She was asked to create a dish for a New Year's Eve event that included black-eyed peas (a legume associated with good luck for the New Year in the Southern United States).

She concocted a salad with the peas and a vinaigrette dressing, and it was a hit. As for the name, it's said that she initially called it "Texas Caviar" as a humorous comparison to true caviar, which is made from expensive sturgeon roe, implying that this was the Texas, or cowboy, version of such a luxury. The name "Cowboy Caviar" followed the same theme.

What To Serve with Cowboy Caviar?

Cowboy caviar is a versatile and flavorful dish. Serve it with tortilla chips, providing a satisfying crunch and the perfect vehicle for scooping up the vibrant mixture of vegetables and beans. If you're looking for a lighter option, serve cowboy caviar with toasted bread or baguette slices. You can use cowboy caviar as a topping or side dish for grilled meats, where the tangy flavors beautifully complement the smoky flavors of the meat. Whether served alongside tacos, as a filling for quesadillas, tossed into salads, or as a topping for baked potatoes, cowboy caviar adds a burst of freshness and zest that elevates any meal.

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History of Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar, despite its name, has nothing to do with the traditional caviar that comes from sturgeon fish. Instead, it's a vibrant, hearty salad that's as versatile as it is delicious. It's a dish that truly embodies the spirit of the American Southwest, with its bold flavors and colorful ingredients. The recipe has evolved over time, with different regions adding their own touch, but the core elements remain the same: black-eyed peas, fresh vegetables, and a tangy dressing.

The origins of Cowboy Caviar can be traced back to the 1940s. Helen Corbitt, a native New Yorker who moved to Texas, is credited with creating the dish. Corbitt was a culinary innovator who was known for her ability to turn simple ingredients into gourmet fare. She was tasked with creating a unique dish for a New Year's Eve party, and the result was Cowboy Caviar. The dish was an instant hit and quickly became a staple at gatherings and celebrations.

Over the years, Cowboy Caviar has become a beloved dish in the Southern United States and beyond. Its popularity can be attributed to its versatility and the ease with which it can be prepared. It can be served as a salad, a dip, or a topping for grilled meats. It's also a healthy option, packed with protein from the black-eyed peas and full of nutrients from the fresh vegetables. The dish is a testament to the creativity and resourcefulness of Southern cooking, turning simple, humble ingredients into a dish that's flavorful, satisfying, and festive.

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