Texas Caviar (aka Cowboy Caviar)

12 Servings
15 min

Texas Caviar, also known as Cowboy Caviar, is an easy, light, and fresh dip that is perfect for parties, potlucks, and cookouts!

TELL ME ABOUT THIS TEXAS CAVIAR RECIPE

Level of difficulty: Easy! The bulk of the work for this recipe is chopping the vegetables.

Flavor: This light and fresh dip is similar to a mild salsa (kind of like pico de gallo).

Time: It will take you approximately fifteen minutes to make Texas Caviar. The time really depends on how proficient your knife skills are, as the bulk of the time required is to chop the vegetables.


INGREDIENTS NEEDED

DIP INGREDIENTS

  • Canned Black Eyed Peas
  • Canned Black Beans
  • Canned Corn
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Jalapeno Pepper
  • Red Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Lime Zest
  • Tortilla Chips (for serving)


DRESSING INGREDIENTS

  • Olive Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Lime Juice
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Oregano
  • Garlic Salt
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Salt

OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE COWBOY CAVIAR

  1. Make the dressing: add the lime juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, granulated sugar, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, and salt into a jar and shake to combine. Set aside.
  2. Make the dip: place the black eyed peas, black beans, corn, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, jalapeno, red onion, lime zest, and cilantro into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Pour the dressing over and stir to coat all ingredients.
  3. Let the dip marinate for 30 minutes or up to 1 day prior to serving.
  4. Serve and enjoy! Stir the dip prior to serving and then enjoy with tortilla chips.


RECIPE VARIATIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Beans: dried beans can also be used for this recipe instead of canned. If using, cook each bean variety separately as the cooking times may vary. You need to cook ½ to ¾ cup of dried beans for every 15-ounce can of beans that is being replaced.
  • Corn: frozen corn or fresh corn on the cob (boiled or grilled) can also be used in this recipe.
  • Peppers: you can also use orange, yellow, or green bell pepper instead of red bell pepper if desired.
  • Tomatoes: you can also dice roma (or your favorite) larger tomatoes for this recipe. In a pinch, canned diced tomatoes can work too.
  • Vinegar: if you do not have apple cider vinegar, you can use white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar instead.
  • Onions: purple onions are the best for this recipe. However, you can replace the purple onion with a white onion, a yellow onion, or a small bunch of green onions.
  • Dressing: a popular substitution for the homemade dressing outlined in this recipe is Italian dressing. If you’d prefer to use Italian dressing, do not make the vinaigrette as outlined in the recipe and use ½ cup of dressing and add more as needed.
  • Avocado: some versions of cowboy caviar include avocado. If you’d like to add this to your recipe, start with one small avocado cut into small cubes. Stir in just before serving.
  • Note: avocados tend to darken over time, so the salad may not stay as well in the fridge.

HOW TO SERVE COWBOY CAVIAR

Texas caviar is great served as a dip, as a fun party appetizer, as a side dish, on salads, on tacos, on nachos, and on grilled meats!


MODIFICATIONS FOR DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: VEGAN

Cowboy caviar is vegetarian, gluten free, and dairy free as written! It can also easily be made vegan with a simple substitution.


  • Make this into a vegan dip recipe by replacing the granulated sugar with a natural sweetener like agave syrup.


EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Liquid Measuring Cup

Measuring Spoons

Measuring Cups

Lemon Press (Citrus Juicer)

Large Mixing / Serving Bowl

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Texas Caviar (aka Cowboy Caviar)
Recipe details
  • 12  Servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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Ingredients
Dressing Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice (approximately the juice of 1 medium lime)
  • 1/4 C apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp salt
Dip Ingredients
  • 1, 15 oz can of black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1, 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1, 15 oz can of corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 medium jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, minced
  • 1/2 small red onion, minced
  • 1 Tbsp lime zest (approximately the zest of 1 medium lime)
  • 1/2 C chopped cilantro
  • tortilla chips for serving
Instructions

Make the dressing: add the lime juice, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, granulated sugar, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, and salt into a jar and shake to combine. Set aside.
Make the dip: place the black eyed peas, black beans, corn, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, jalapeno, red onion, lime zest, and cilantro into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Pour the dressing over and stir to coat all ingredients.
Let the dip marinate for 30 minutes or up to 1 day prior to serving.
Serve and enjoy! Stir the dip prior to serving and then enjoy with tortilla chips.
Tips
  • *Texas caviar is great served as a dip, as a fun party appetizer, as a side dish, on salads, on tacos, on nachos, and on grilled meats!
  • *The nutrition facts were calculated without the tortilla chips
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  • ANNIE JONES ANNIE JONES on May 25, 2022

    Instead of black eye peas ( they are a little soft) I use purple Hull peas they are a little course. A good substitute for dressing is Italian dressing

    • Great tip on the Hull pea substitution Annie - thanks!

      I also noted the option for Italian Dressing in the 'substitutions and variation' section of the post! :)

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