Straightforward Cowboy Caviar | Cookies and Cups

This simple Cowboy Caviar Recipe is the right appetizer and even mild dinner. Take pleasure in it with a bowl chips, as a baked potato topper, or on high of a plate of nachos!


And in case you like this recipe be sure that to attempt my Spicy Frito Corn Salad too! CRAZY GOOD!

A bowl of Cowboy Caviar

What Is Cowboy Caviar? 

It’s a enjoyable title proper? Cowboy Caviar aka Texas Caviar is a bean-style salsa that originated in…you guessed it… Texas! It’s a cross between a chunky salsa and a bean dip, with a quite simple French dressing so as to add tons of taste. Sometimes it contains black eyed peas, however I don’t love these, so my model makes use of all black beans! I additionally embody a not-so-secret ingredient to actually deliver out all of the flavors: granulated sugar! There are tons of variations of Cowboy Caviar on the market, so be happy to get artistic! I’ve included just a few concepts afterward on this publish! That is the right dip to deliver to a potluck, or BBQ!

bowl of corn and bean salsa



  • Black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Canned corn, drained
  • Ro-Tel (diced tomatoes and inexperienced chilis), drained effectively
  • Recent Cilantro 
  • Pink bell pepper 
  • Jalapeño
  • Pink onion 
  • Cumin
  • Garlic powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Granulated sugar. It might sound unusual so as to add sugar to this recipe, nevertheless it actually works! You possibly can actually add much less, and even omit it fully, however I undoubtedly suggest you attempt it. The refined sweetness pairs so effectively with the savory components, and enhances the general taste! I additionally actually like to make use of an additional high quality granulated sugar as a result of it dissolves so quick. That is nice in case you are serving this instantly. However don’t fear in case you don’t have additional high quality sugar. Any granulated will work!
  • Any mild oil. I like to make use of avocado oil or mild olive oil!
  • Juice of a lime
  • Ripe avocados

How To Make Cowboy Caviar/Directions:

  1. All you want to do is add all of the components to a big bowl and stir to mix. 
  2. You possibly can take pleasure in this instantly or cowl the bowl and refrigerate to permit the flavors to mix. In case you let this sit for just a few hours within the fridge every part comes collectively properly, which makes it an awesome recipe to prep for entertaining!

How To Serve Cowboy Caviar:

The selection is yours! Listed here are some apparent and never so apparent serving concepts:

  • With tortilla chips! That is the obvious and well-liked serving concept for Cowboy Caviar. 
  • On high of a baked potato! That is such an awesome concept and a option to flip your potato right into a meal. Simply add slightly butter, cheese, bitter cream, and an entire lot of Cowboy Caviar. SO good!
  • In case you love making nachos, that is such an awesome addition. 
  • I’ve a recipe for Cowboy Caviar Pizza right here on my web site that this works nice on!
  • On high of grilled rooster or steak! I grill tons of rooster breasts, particularly in the summertime, and that is so good served proper on high with a sprinkle of cotija cheese!
  • Inside a burrito!
  • As a facet dish on New Years Day! Sub in black eyed peas for a can of the black beans and you’ve got a conventional good luck facet dish within the new yr!
  • Any evening if you make a Tex-Mex model dinner or on tacos! 
  • In a burrito bowl together with your favourite protein and rice!
  • On a taco salad!

Can You Make This Cowboy Caviar Recipe Forward?

  • In case you plan on making this recipe upfront, wait so as to add the avocado till able to serve, particularly in case you prep a day earlier than. The avocado can flip slightly brown the longer it sits, which is ok taste-wise, nevertheless it’s good so as to add it on the final minute to look prettiest!
  • If prepped forward you would possibly discover liquid varieties within the bowl because the veggies macerate. Merely stir the combination up with the liquid, to maximise taste after which drain any extra. 
  • You possibly can retailer this within the fridge for as much as 3 days hermetic. 

Recipe Suggestions:

  • Chop every part the identical measurement! That is such a easy recipe to make that chopping the components is the first a part of the prep! Since you’ll most certainly serve this with chips, it’s finest when all of the components are uniformly diced so it’s simply dipped like a chunky salsa!
  • Wash your cilantro effectively! Nothing worse than getting sandy cilantro into your cowboy caviar! 
  • Make sure that to empty the can of Ro-Tel effectively. The combination will naturally type some liquid so that you don’t want any added. Identical goes for the corn and black beans!
A bowl of Texas Caviar with a chip in it


That is a kind of recipes that may be altered endlessly. Whether or not or not it’s with seasonings, or greens, the probabilities are limitless! Listed here are just a few simple concepts:

  • If contemporary tomatoes are in season be happy to swap out the can of Ro-Tel for contemporary. You possibly can add in some diced inexperienced chilis if you’d like too!
  • Omit the cilantro. I do know so many don’t love cilantro, so it’s a quite simple ingredient to depart out (though I personally find it irresistible!). Merely sub in chopped flat leaf parsley as a substitute!
  • Swap up the seasonings and add what you want! Cumin, crushed pink pepper flakes, smoked paprika, chili powder are just a few nice additions to spice it up!
  • Use Black Eyed Peas together with the black beans. I don’t love black eyed peas, so I like to make use of all black beans in my recipe, however you may swap them in if you’d like, like pinto beans. Truthfully most beans will work within the recipe. 
  • Use orange, yellow, or inexperienced bell peppers together with or rather than the pink bell pepper in case you want!
  • Add in some inexperienced onions! You might do that on the final minute for a garnish or combine them proper in!
  • Use pickled jalapenos as a substitute of contemporary.
  • In case you don’t have contemporary lime juice swap that out for lemon juice and even white or pink wine vinegar!

Check out the FULL RECIPE HERE! This recipe was made in partnership with my pals at Imperial Sugar. Thanks for supporting the manufacturers that proceed to make this web site attainable!

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