This delicious and refreshing Texas caviar or cowboy caviar is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next party or event! Enjoy the kick of spices and the crunchy vegetables. Some people may also call this recipe Texas Caviar Dip.  So many different names for the salsa type dish.  Yes, some people even call this dish salsa dip!

Cowboy Caviar

This salad is so delicious and refreshing! You can pair it with just about anything.
Course: Appetizers and Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy, Fall, Fiber, Make ahead, Party, Quick, Spring, Summer
Condition: Chronic Kidney Disease, Dairy Free, Diabetes, Gluten Free, Heart Health, Low Sodium, Nut Free, PCOS, Vegetarian
Servings: 20


  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 can black eyed peas
  • 2 cans corn sweet
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1-2 tomato diced
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 garlic minced
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bags tortilla chips


  • Open the cans of black beans, black eyed peas, and corn then drain and rinse the contents and put them into a bowl. Drain well to make sure it doesn’t turn watery.
  • Chop bell peppers and the jalepeño. Make sure you de-seed the jalepeño before adding to the bowl.
  • Dice the tomatoes and onion then add them into the bowl.
  • Add the cilantro, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, and garlic into the bowl.
  • Drizzle the the olive oil and red wine vinegar over the contents in the bowl.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste (I usually add about a tablespoon of pepper and 2 teaspoons salt).
  • Mix well and add a spoonful of the mixture to each tortilla scoop. Garnish with cilantro


Based on 20 servings not including chips because you might want to eat as a side dish.


Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 403IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Texas Caviar may seem like a lot of ingredients to put together for a side dish but it is actually simple to make it worth the effort.  It makes a large bowl of Texas Cowboy Caviar so you will be able to feed a crowd. Nutrition analysis calculated without the chips because you may want to eat this dish as a protein-packed salsa with chips or as a side dish so portion size may also vary.

This tasty combination of black beans, black eyed peas, tomatoes, corn, peppers and spices make a great addition to a potluck, BBQ or any other event.  Since it is a vegetarian and vegan recipe it will please both meat eaters and non-meat eaters at your event. It is also dairy free, gluten-free and nut free.

Black-eyes peas are considered good luck if you eat them on January first each year.  Why not try eating this Texa Caviar recipe in addition or instead of the traditional hoppin john recipe?

Have you heard of Cowboy Caviar (Texas Caviar)?

If you haven’t now is a perfect time to try it on National Caviar Day (July 18)! Instead of actual caviar, this salsa recipe uses beans, peas, veggies, and spices to make it a tasty, protein-packed salsa (or side dish) which anyone (even vegans) can enjoy. If you try it out let us know what you think!

Looking for other delicious recipes using black beans? We have plenty, just search our recipe database with the words black beans.  Here are a few of our favorites:

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