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Cowboy Caviar

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Plenty of colorful veggies, beans, and a tangy vinaigrette makes this cowboy caviar a tasty dip to serve at gatherings or any time a chip craving arises.
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  1. COWBOY CAVIAR INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS COWBOW CAVIAR RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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When planning a party, nothing sounds more appetizing than a bowl full of salsa and chips, and this cowboy caviar is just that, but with a twist! Way better than traditional salsa, this dip boasts twelve different types of beans and colorful vegetables tossed with a simple vinaigrette, which all melds together to create a delicious combination of flavors.

We have plenty of great recipes that are perfect for serving a crowd. Our Rotel dip and jalapeño popper dip are two dishes that always get rave reviews.

COWBOY CAVIAR INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

For the Salad

  • 6 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced (3½ cups)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can yellow corn, drained
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 avocados, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced (1½ cups)
  • 1 orange bell pepper, seeded and diced (1½ cups)
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
  • ½ cup red onion, finely diced (½ medium-sized red onion)
  • ½ cup sweet yellow onion, finely diced (½ medium-sized onion)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice

For the Dressing

  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

PRO TIP:

If you don’t feel like chopping all those fresh veggies, canned vegetables work just as well in this easy cowboy caviar.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

PEPPERS: You can use any color of bell peppers you wish in this simple salsa.

SPICY: If you enjoy very spicy salsa, you can use 2 finely diced jalapeños or even a dash of hot sauce in this recipe.

VINEGAR: You can substitute rice wine vinegar for red wine vinegar in this simple dip.

DRESSING: You can substitute zesty Italian salad dressing for the red wine vinegar dressing.

CILANTRO: If you are not a fan of cilantro, you can substitute green onions instead.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS COWBOW CAVIAR RECIPE

PRO TIP:

This dip tastes better the longer it sits, so feel free to make it the night before and keep it refrigerated overnight, ready to serve the next day. 

For the Salad

STEP ONE: Using a large bowl, add the diced tomatoes, canned corn, canned black beans, diced avocados, bell peppers, jalapeño, finely diced onions, chopped fresh cilantro, fresh minced garlic and lime juice. Stir just until all the ingredients are evenly combined.

For the Dressing

STEP ONE: Using a small bowl, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper until well incorporated.

STEP TWO: Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Stir just until well incorporated. 

PRO TIP:

Serve as a dip or topping for tacos or as a hearty salad.

HOW TO SERVE

You can serve this cowboy salsa with tortilla chips, pita chips, corn chips, potato chips, or even in a burrito or on top of tacos. This great dip would go well alongside other chip dips or taco toppings, including our salsa and guacamole.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers of this bean salsa in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: We don’t recommend freezing this dip.

In a hurry? This recipe for Cowboy Caviar, sometimes known as Texas caviar or Mexican caviar, will have you eating your favorite dip full of fresh ingredients in under 15 minutes! This fantastic dip will be a big hit at your next gathering and just as yummy if you are looking for a quick snack on your own.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to use fresh vegetables, or can I use canned?

For this easy recipe, you can use either fresh or canned veggies. To save time, canned vegetables are an easy choice.

Can I double this recipe?

If you are feeding a big crowd and need to make a big batch of this dip, you can absolutely double this recipe as needed.

Can I make this dip ahead of time?

It is a good idea to make this dip ahead of time so that the flavors have time to mingle and blend together before serving.

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Cowboy Caviar

5 from 1 vote
Plenty of colorful veggies, beans, and a tangy vinaigrette makes this cowboy caviar a tasty dip to serve at gatherings or any time a chip craving arises.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Salad

  • 6 Roma tomatoes seeded and diced (3½ cups)
  • 14.5 ounces yellow corn drained
  • 15.25 ounces black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 avocados peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced (1½ cups)
  • 1 orange bell pepper seeded and diced (1½ cups)
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and finely diced
  • ½ cup red onion finely diced (½ medium-sized red onion)
  • ½ cup sweet yellow onion finely diced (½ medium-sized onion)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic minced
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice

Dressing

  • ¼ cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

Instructions
 

Salad

  • Using a large mixing bowl, add the diced tomatoes, canned corn, canned black beans, diced avocados, bell peppers, jalapeno, finely diced onions, chopped fresh cilantro, fresh minced garlic and lime juice. Stir just until all the ingredients are evenly combined.

Dressing

  • Using a small mixing bowl, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper until well incorporated.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Stir just until well incorporated.

Notes

PRO TIP: If you don’t feel like chopping all those fresh veggies, canned vegetables work just as well in this easy cowboy caviar.
 
PRO TIP: This dip tastes better the longer it sits, so feel free to make it the night before and keep it refrigerated overnight, ready to serve the next day. 
 
PRO TIP: Serve as a dip or topping for tacos or as a hearty salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 550mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 951IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg
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