Cowboy Caviar

By Rena |

This Cowboy Caviar is the ultimate recipe! Texas cowboy caviar is filled with fresh and flavorful ingredients you will love such as corn, tomatoes, beans, and so much more. You will love this recipe that is perfect for any gathering or celebration!

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This cowboy caviar recipe is easy, healthy, and loaded with fresh ingredients that are perfect for summertime picnics, BBQs, parties, or potlucks. Perfect as an appetizer or side dish, this fresh Texas cowboy caviar is a crowdpleaser that will have everyone begging for seconds.

Citrus flavors, softened avocado, and a subtle sweetness come together to pair perfectly with fresh veggies such as summer corn, robust onion, and crunchy bell pepper. You can serve this dip with tortilla chips, crackers, lettuce wraps, toast, over grilled chicken or salmon, or just by itself with a fork or spoon.

Why You Will Love This Salad with Corn

  • Ready in minutes: This ultimate cowboy caviar recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes! Serve immediately or place in the refrigerator to chill prior to serving.
  • Healthy: Made with wholesome nutrient-dense ingredients, this cowboy caviar salad is gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free, and great if you’re looking for a well-rounded dish filled with fresh produce!
  • Perfect for crowds: Since this dip is so mouthwatering simple to prepare, it is perfect for guests, parties, and when you need to feed a group of people. Serve this as a salad before dinner or an appetizer!
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Ingredients Needed to Make This Texas Caviar

This is just a list of basic ingredients you will need to make this Cowboy Caviar. You will find the full measurements listed below.

limes, juiced
olive oil, or any other neutral oil
honey
Kosher salt and pepper
bell pepper, red, diced
jalapeño, seeded and minced
black beans, rinsed and drained
red onion, small, diced
tomatoes, large, seeded and diced
avocados, ripe, but firm, diced
corn, canned, drained
cilantro, finely chopped

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How to Make This Cowboy Caviar Dip

Make the dressing: First, add the limes, oil, salt, honey, salt, and pepper to a jar with a sealed lid. Shake to emulsify.

Prepare vegetables: Next, cut the veggies into small cubes and chop the cilantro. Add these ingredients to a large bowl.

Combine: Combine the dressing and the vegetables. Toss well.

Serve: Finally, serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

chopped vegetables on cutting board
dressing being poured over bowl of chopped veggies

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • You can use maple syrup instead of honey.
  • If making this dish in advance, omit the avocado until ready to serve.
  • Feel free to use frozen or fresh corn kernels instead of canned corn.
  • Use any type of bean you would like.
  • Omit the cilantro if you’d like.
  • Skip the jalapeño if you’d prefer this to be a bit milder.
cowboy caviar recipe in bowl with spoon

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called Cowboy Caviar?

This dish was originally served in Texas created by someone by the name of Helen Corbitt. Half-wittingly and jokingly comparing the bean salsa to the true caviar of roe, Corbitt humorously named her bean salad Texas Caviar.

How long will Cowboy Caviar keep?

If properly stored in the refrigerator with an airtight container, cowboy caviar will keep up to five days.

Does Texas Caviar need to be refrigerated?

Texas caviar can stay at room temperature for about an hour, but we would store it in the refrigerator after that to keep the flavors fresh.

What is Cowboy Caviar made of?

People make this bean salsa salad in different ways, but it’s typically made with beans, tomatoes, onions, corn, green onions or cilantro, jalapeño, etc.

top view cowboy caviar salad in a bowl

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Cowboy Caviar

This Cowboy Caviar is the ultimate recipe! Texas cowboy caviar is filled with fresh and flavorful ingredients you will love such as corn, tomatoes, beans, and so much more.
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Course: Appetizer, dip, Gluten-Free, Side Dish, Vegetarian
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 limes juiced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Black pepper to taste

Cowboy Caviar

  • 15 ounces canned black beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 ounces canned corn drained
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper seeded and minced
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 2 tomatoes large; seeded and diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 ripe but firm avocados diced

Instructions

  • To a small jar, add all the dressing ingredients and vigorously shake to emulsify.
  • Start by cutting the veggies into small cubes and finely chop the cilantro. Add them to a large salad bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over the veggies and toss well to combine. 
  • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

  • You can use maple syrup instead of honey.
  • If making this dish in advance, omit the avocado until ready to serve.
  • Feel free to use frozen or fresh corn kernels instead of canned corn.
  • Use any type of bean you would like.
  • Omit the cilantro if you’d like.
  • Skip the jalapeño if you’d prefer this to be a bit milder.

Nutrition

Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 621mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 892IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg
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