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Texas Caviar Recipe (Cowboy Caviar)

Texas Caviar, or Cowboy caviar, is an easy and delicious recipe made in less than 30 minutes! Serve this Southern appetizer as a dip with chips, or as a salad or side dish along with dinner.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 56 kcal


  • 2 cans black eyed peas about 3 cups
  • 1 can black beans about 1 ½ cups
  • 1 can corn about 1 ½ cups
  • 1 bell pepper red or green, finely diced
  • ¼ cup red onion finely diced
  • 2-4 jalapeños seeded and finely diced
  • ¼ cup cilantro finely chopped


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ¼ tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¾ tsp. salt to taste
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper to taste


  1. Rinse and thoroughly drain the black eyed peas and black beans if using canned.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the black eyed peas, black beans, corn, bell pepper, red onion, and jalapeños.
  3. Add the vinaigrette ingredients to a high speed blender and blend for 5-10 seconds, or until emulsified. Alternatively, a food processor or a bowl with a whisk can be used.

  4. Pour the vinaigrette over the bean salad and toss until well coated. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.
  5. Just before serving, add chopped cilantro and toss to combine.
  6. Serve as a side salad or as a dip with tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • To Store: Seal in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-5 days.
Nutrition Facts
Texas Caviar Recipe (Cowboy Caviar)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 56 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 49mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 413IU8%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.