Cowboy Caviar is a healthy appetizer that is perfect for parties! Serve as a salsa with tortilla chips or as a flavorful side salad with chicken and fish.
I was visiting with the receptionist at our dentist’s office recently while my daughter was getting some work done on her teeth. We were talking about recipes.
She said she was taking a trip home to Texas to spend some time with her family. As we were visiting, she told me that she was bringing Cowboy Caviar to share at a family dinner.
I had never heard of Cowboy Caviar, so I asked her what it was and how you make it. Of course, I had to try making it, and now it has become one of my favorites!
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What Is Cowboy Caviar?
Cowboy caviar is a tasty combination of beans and vegetables. It is also known as southwestern black bean salad, Texas caviar, cowboy caviar salsa, cowboy salad, and cowboy salsa.
One of the reasons this cowboy dip is so popular is that it is so versatile! It can be served as a salad for a side dish, it can be served with chips as an appetizer, or it can be used as a salsa with tacos or on top of chicken and fish.
What Is Cowboy Caviar Made Of?
I make mine with black beans, black-eyed peas, corn, tomatoes, onions, avocados, cilantro, Italian dressing, and lime juice.
Other vegetables can be included, such as diced bell peppers, chopped cucumbers, sliced green onions, minced garlic, jalapenos, or green chilies. Or add diced fruit like pineapple or mango for a sweeter version.
How To Make Cowboy Caviar
Step One: Ingredients
This cowboy caviar with Italian dressing is one of the easiest appetizers to make! All you have to do is pour all of the ingredients into a large bowl and pour the dressing over the top.
The part that takes the longest is chopping the onion and cilantro, but even that is easy.
Step Two: Stir
Then, stir until everything is combined. Cover and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
You can eat the cowboy caviar immediately after making it, but it tastes better when it has been refrigerated for an hour, so it can chill, and the flavors can blend.
Step Three: Serve
Serve the cowboy caviar with your favorite tortilla chips or corn chips.
I bought some tortilla chips that are shaped like little cups and realized that they would be perfect for serving cowboy caviar at a party. This is an easy finger food that people can just pop into their mouths! Just don’t fill the cups too early, or they will get soggy.
Frequently Asked Questions
This recipe calls for black beans and black-eyed peas, but you can use any combination of your favorite beans.
I used a can of sweet corn for this recipe. You can use shoepeg corn, mexicorn, fiesta corn, fire-roasted corn, frozen corn, or even corn that has been cut off of the cob.
Yes, cowboy caviar is full of beans and veggies! You can use light Italian dressing to make it lower in fat and calories.
Yes, but always double-check the labels of the ingredients you add, especially the Italian dressing.
Want More Easy Salsa Recipes? Try These Next:
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Pineapple Salsa is a delicious combination of sweet and spicy. It can be served with grilled chicken or fish or as an appetizer with chips.
- Pour all of the ingredients into a large bowl and stir until combined.
- Cover the bowl and place in the fridge.
- Allow the flavors to blend for about 1 hour before serving.