Cowboy Caviar, or Texas Caviar, is a healthy, flavorful, and easy dip recipe. Full of diced veggies and a healthy serving of beans, its a can’t go wrong appetizer or side dish perfect for party crowds, big football games, or as a movie snack.
Do not forget to try these other amazing and delicious dip recipes, perfect for appetizers, like my melty hot caprese dip, not to spicy enchilada dip, super fun funfetti dip, cheesy homemade queso or traditional taco dip!
I know this is a dip, but dang it all if I couldn’t eat this Mexican appetizer for a straight up MEAL.
Sure, you can load Cowboy Caviar on chips all day long (topped w/ sour cream of course) but once it’s made, try throwing it on a taco or burrito.
Seriously it’s THE best way to flavor UP your meals.
We call it a side dish or an appetizer, but its also a main meal if you let it!
Cowboy Caviar Ingredients
This is what I put in my Cowboy Caviar, which is full of delicious beans and tons of peppers. Everyone loved it!
- 1 can, 15 oz, black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can, 15 oz, pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup corn (frozen or canned is fine)
- 1/2 cup chopped tomato
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/3 cup diced orange peppers
- 1/3 cup diced red peppers
- 1/3 cup diced yellow pepper
- 1/3 cup diced red onions
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
- juice of 1 lime
- tortilla chips for serving
Texas Cowboy Caviar Tips:
- Texas caviar is a hearty dip is easy to make and with lots of good flavors as well. Full of veggies, I also think it’s pretty healthy dip considering!
- I’d recommend refrigerating your dip first for spicy flavors to mingle.
Cowboy Caviar Recipe
The complete recipe is further below in the printable recipe card. Here’s a quick overview of how I made my dip.
- Add the first 10 ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and mix them together.
- Add the seasoning (chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper) and mix well.
- Drizzle some olive oil and squeeze lime juice onto mixture (making a light tangy vinaigrette) and mix well to evenly coat.
- Refrigerate for 2-4 hours or overnight to let flavors mingle and marinate for the boldest flavors.
- Stir well before serving, adding an additional tablespoon of oil if necessary.
This dip makes about 6 cups.
What to Serve with Cowboy Caviar
Serve it with tortilla chips, veggies, or crunchy crostini’s.
Add Avocado For Even More Flavor
While this cowboy caviar recipe above has no avocado, you can easily add chunks of it right before serving.
Because avocado can get brown and freak everyone out, its best left to the side till right before you put it out.
Where did Cowboy Caviar come from?
This is another famous recipe that Helen Corbitt created in the 1940s. She is the same one that made my favorite dip in the world “Neiman Marcus Dip.”
Is this a vegan recipe?
Yes, this recipe is completely vegan. It is full of whole foods like beans and fresh herbs.
What types of beans can you use?
My recipe uses black and pinto beans. But if you want, you can use any type of beans that you want. Try any of these too:
- Black-eyed peas
- Navy beans
What is a substitute for cilantro?
Cilantro either tastes super fresh and almost sweet or it tastes like soap. If you are one of those people that hates cilantro, then you can leave it out.
A really great substitute for cilantro is green onions.
More Mexican? Yes Please.