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Cowboy Caviar: the delicious, crowd-pleasing dip for any occasion

Total time: 20 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 10 people
By Cookist

If you've been hunting for a mouthwatering, healthy dip you can quickly whip up for parties, potlucks, and barbecues, look no further than this tasty cowboy caviar recipe.

It's made from a fantastic, hearty mix of fresh tomatoes, avocado, tangy red onions, sweet corn, bell peppers, and beans. It gets a satisfying kick of heat from jalapenos, while cilantro brings a wonderful fresh herbal flavor. All this delicious goodness is tossed in a tangy red wine vinegar and lime juice dressing.

Serve your cowboy caviar with plenty of tortilla chips, or use it to top your burritos, tacos, roast chicken, fish, or meat. It's a killer side with Mexican and Tex-Mex-style dishes.


Tips for Making the Best Cowboy Caviar

Use less sugar or swap it for your preferred sweetener.

Try swapping grilled corn for sweet corn for a smokier flavor.

Any color of bell pepper works for cowboy caviar.

If you're not keen on cilantro, use parsley instead.

Substitute apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, or champagne vinegar if you're out of red wine vinegar.

How to Store Cowboy Caviar

Cover and store your cowboy caviar in the fridge. Enjoy within 3 days.


roma tomatoes, seeds removed, diced
Ripe avocados
red onion, diced
1/3 cup
black bean, rinsed and drained
15 oz
black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
15 oz
frozen sweet corn, thawed
1 1/2 cups
bell pepper, diced
jalapeño pepper, deseeded and diced
cilantro, finely chopped
1/3 cup
for the dressing
Extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup
Freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tbsp
Red wine vinegar
2 tbsp
1 tsp
salt and pepper to taste
Garlic powder
1/4 tsp
for serving
Tortilla chips

How to Make Cowboy Caviar

Dice the avocado.

Place the avocado pieces in the bowl by using a tablespoon.

Place tomatoes

Add the corn.

Stir in the beans.

Add the black-eyed beans.

Stir in the jalapeno pepper and cilantro.

Add onion, and pepper.

Toss well to combine.

In a second bowl, whisk the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, and garlic powder until well combined.

Pour the dressing over the salad.

Toss to coat.

Serve and enjoy!

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