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Cowboy Caviar

This Cowboy Caviar recipe is the ultimate summer side dish that comes with an easy homemade dressing. Use Greek or Italian Dressing for quick shortcut and make it a day ahead of time!

This pairs perfectly with my Restaurant Salsa and Velveeta Queso!

A white bowl filled with cowboy caviar with dressing being drizzled on top.

Cowboy Caviar

If I had a dime for every summer BBQ I’ve made this recipe for, I’d have a lot of dimes.

It’s always super popular with any crowd, I love serving it with Pita Chips, they’re nice and firm and can hold the weight of every delicious ingredient that you scoop up. Tortilla chips works as well.

Ingredients

Dip

  • Avocados
  • Black Beans
  • Sweet Corn
  • Red Onion
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Bell Peppers
  • Cilantro

Dressing

  • Lime Juice
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Chili Powder
  • Salt/Pepper

*Greek or Italian Salad Dressing makes an easy alternative to the above dressing ingredients as well.

A white surface with ingredients for making cowboy caviar.

How to Make it

Combine the dressing ingredients and set aside.

Dice up the dip ingredients and place in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Pour dressing on top and toss to coat evenly.

Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. This can be prepared a day in advance.

If preparing ahead of time:

  • Toss with additional lime juice prior to serving. 
  • You may also choose to slice up the avocado until just before serving for ultimate freshness.

A bowl with ingredients for Cowboy Caviar before and after being mixed.

Storage

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

I like to add saran wrap right over the surface to seal out as much air as possible.

Pro Tips for This Recipe

  • Lime juice helps avocados maintain their freshness and color, so I like to give them a light coating of it after I’ve sliced them up.
  • This avocado slicer makes cutting up the avocado and removing the pit clean and easy.
  • Tomatoes can also be added to the mix, Roma tomatoes are best as they don’t have as much juice.
  • A variety of beans can also be used, including chickpeas, black eyed peas, and pinto beans.
  • If substituting Greek or Italian Salad Dressing, use just over 1/3 cup.

What to Serve with Cowboy Caviar

This recipe goes well with salsa chicken, grilled burgers, chicken, shrimp, or steak.

A wooden spoon scooping up cowboy caviar.

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A bowl of Cowboy Queso with dressing being poured on top.

Cowboy Caviar

5 from 6 votes
This Cowboy Caviar recipe is the ultimate summer side dish! It comes with an easy homemade dressing or use Greek or Italian for an even quicker shortcut.

Ingredients

  • 15 oz. black beans, rinsed and drained, 1 can
  • 15.25 oz. whole kernel sweet corn, drained, 1 can
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup diced red onion
  • 2 avocados, diced

Dressing

  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  • Combine the dressing ingredients and set aside.
  • Dice up the dip ingredients and place in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Pour dressing on top and toss to coat evenly.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. This can be prepared a day in advance.
  • If prepared ahead of time: Toss with additional lime juice prior to serving. You may also choose to slice up the avocado until just before serving for ultimate freshness.

Notes

Storage:
  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
  • I like to add saran wrap right over the surface to seal out as much air as possible.
Pro Tips:
  • Lime juice helps avocados maintain their freshness and color, so I like to give them a light coating of it after I've sliced them up.
  • This avocado slicer makes cutting up the avocado and removing the pit clean and easy.
  • Tomatoes can also be added to the mix, Roma tomatoes are best as they don't have as much juice.
  • A variety of beans can also be used, including chickpeas, black eyed peas, and pinto beans.
  • If substituting Greek or Italian Salad Dressing, use just over 1/3 cup.

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 298mg, Potassium: 612mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 764IU, Vitamin C: 33mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 2mg

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12 comments on “Cowboy Caviar”

  1. I just made this, I didn’t have some of the ingredients like jalapeño or honey, but I used white onion and cumin and it was delicious and also used fresh corn!! Yum…This is a great “go to “now for me on my weight loss journey and going to try it with fish.
    Thanks.🙂

  2. Addicting! Addicting! Addicting! So darn easy and so good. Another fantastic recipe from you! I love the addition of tomatoes myself and the suggestion to add the extra lime juice before serving is a great idea. Gives it that extra zing. I have basically eaten this for a month straight lol

    • Hey Jocelyn!! That’s SOOO great to hear!!! You are not along, I could definitely eat this for a month straight, and THEN some! The good news is that you don’t have to feel guilty, it’s loaded with awesome stuff! 🙂 Thank you SO much for the comment/review!! -Stephanie

  3. Hi Stephanie
    Another of your great hits again! My family loved this refreshing “salad”.
    All of your recipes are so perfect because you make them user friendly. I don’t know how you got started doing your recipes..but you are awesome at it. The way you present all of your ingredients and add your beautiful pictures make following your recipes so inviting. You have a special gift and during this difficult time we are going through its nice to have something like your recipes to look forward to trying. I’m recovering from the illness so it brings joy to me to be able to make something that doesn’t require me to run to the grocery store for crazy ingredients. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with so many people.
    Blessings to you and your family. Keep providing us with your great talents and your awesome recipes❤

    • Hi Donna! Thank you SO much for taking the time to leave this wonderful message, it was the best comment I could have woken up to this morning, truly!! I am thankful for the level of appreciation that you have for the work that I do, it makes me feel so good that it makes even just a small difference for people- especially during these difficult times. Please take care and GET WELL soon, I will be thinking about you!! Thank you so much again for this!! -Stephanie xoxo

  4. Amazing!! Such a cool and refreshing side dish for a hot summer day. As a bonus, it was super easy to make. 

    • Hey Melissa, I’m so happy that you enjoyed it! I love making this all summer long, such a satisfying summer snack! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, I really appreciate it! -Stephanie

  5. Oh my goodness ❤️ Made this as part of our Fathers Day meal, everyone loved loved loved it!!

    • Hey Gina! I am so happy to hear that, you made my day! Thank you so much for taking the time to come back here and leave a review, you’re the best! 🙂 -Stephanie

  6. This recipe is SO easy and has all of the flavors of summer, thank you for this. Can’t wait to snack on it all weekend. Even my husband loves it, and he’s not a big veggie guy.

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