The Best-Ever Texas Cowboy Caviar Dip

Have you heard of a Texas cowboy caviar dip before? This is a Texan recipe, but doesn’t feature caviar (or any fish for that matter!). This colourful appetizer makes a healthy summer BBQ dip that is packed full of flavour. If you are looking for a Southwest vegan dip or a bean and corn salsa, this is for you!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Texas cowboy caviar dip. This bean and corn salsa is a tasty colourful appetizer.

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This southwest vegan dip is made with beans, corn, bell pepper, and more. The dressing for this colourful appetizer is tangy and fresh. I think this bean and corn salsa would go amazingly well with anything from steak to burgers, fish, hot dogs, or just as part of a larger buffet table.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Texas cowboy caviar dip. This bean and corn salsa is a tasty colourful appetizer.

If you’re looking for a healthy summer BBQ dip, this will definitely add a splash of colour to the plate. There are quite a few ingredients you need to combine for this but, trust me, it’s so worth it!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Texas cowboy caviar dip. This bean and corn salsa is a tasty colourful appetizer.

How to Make a Texas Cowboy Caviar Dip

The ingredients in this colourful appetizer include beans, corn, bell pepper, onion, cilantro, and jalapenos. The sauce or dressing includes oil, lime juice, vinegar, garlic, sugar, chilli, and cumin. I love to add avocado to my bean and corn salsa for a contrasting flavour. You can make yours with or without avocado, as you prefer.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Texas cowboy caviar dip. This bean and corn salsa is a tasty colourful appetizer.

Once all the ingredients in this southwest vegan dip are combined, you can chill it for up to an hour in the refrigerator. This ensures the flavours are well blended.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Texas cowboy caviar dip. This bean and corn salsa is a tasty colourful appetizer.

I love to serve this with chips or crackers, although it would also be good as a healthy summer BBQ dip with baguette slices or melba toast. I find a Texas cowboy caviar dip is amazing with steak or chicken too.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Texas cowboy caviar dip. This bean and corn salsa is a tasty colourful appetizer.

Variations on this Colourful Appetizer

You can use any kind of beans in this Texas cowboy caviar dip. Kidney beans, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) or cannellini beans would all work. Regardless what kind of canned beans you choose, you should drain them well. After that, rinse them and then pat dry with paper towels.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Texas cowboy caviar dip. This bean and corn salsa is a tasty colourful appetizer.

You can use different colours of bell pepper or swap the red onion for sweet onion or another kind.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Texas cowboy caviar dip. This bean and corn salsa is a tasty colourful appetizer.

Cilantro is more traditional but parsley would work at a pinch. Omit the jalapeno or reduce the amount for a less spicy but still healthy summer BBQ dip. If you are a spice fan you can add more or try a spicier chilli pepper such as serrano.      Honey instead of sugar would also work here.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Texas cowboy caviar dip. You will love this healthy summer BBQ dip.

History of Texas Cowboy Caviar Dip

Are you wondering about the history of this bean and corn salsa? This black-eyed pea salad is popular in Texas with tortilla chips. It dates back to 1940. Helen Corbitt from New York worked as the food services director at Neiman Marcus, Dallas, Texas. She created and served it at Houston Country Club on New Year’s Eve.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Texas cowboy caviar dip. You will love this healthy summer BBQ dip.

She later prepared it for the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas. That’s when the name ‘Texas caviar’ was coined. Real caviar is of course very expensive roe from sturgeon, but this fun play on words is the perfect way to describe this southwest vegan dip.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Texas cowboy caviar dip. You will love this healthy summer BBQ dip.

How to Store this Bean and Corn Salsa

This healthy summer BBQ dip keeps well in the refrigerator for about 4 days, so you might like to make a big batch.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Texas cowboy caviar dip. You will love this healthy summer BBQ dip.

It is great with any type of protein from meat to fish or even vegetarian dishes. Simply give it a stir and it will look and taste very close to how it did on day one. If fact the flavours in this colourful appetizer only become richer.

Alternatively you can freeze it in an airtight container. Thaw it out in the refrigerator for a day or so and then stir it well before serving. Try it with tortilla or corn chips or pair it with meat or fish. Another idea is to stir it into cooked pasta, rice or quinoa to make a salad.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Texas cowboy caviar dip. You will love this healthy summer BBQ dip.

This southwest vegan dip fabulous recipe is truly simple to prepare. If you can stir ingredients together you can rustle up this delicious, fresh-tasting dip in minutes. It’s perfect for a potluck, great as a side dish and wonderful as a dip.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Texas cowboy caviar dip. You will love this healthy summer BBQ dip.

Whether you know it as Texas caviar or cowboy caviar, or it’s a brand new recipe to you altogether, the flavours and textures offer such a great contrast you can’t fail to love it. The fact it keeps for days in the refrigerator or months in the freezer only adds to the appeal of a Texas cowboy caviar dip.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Texas cowboy caviar dip. You will love this healthy summer BBQ dip.

If you like this colourful appetizer dip, you might also like Fresh and Easy Chunky Mango Salsa, Flavourful Slow Cooker Salsa Fresca Chicken or Slow Cooker Spicy Corn and Jalapeño Cheese Dip.

Texas Cowboy Caviar Dip Recipe

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for Texas cowboy caviar dip. This bean and corn salsa is a tasty colourful appetizer.

The Best-Ever Texas Cowboy Caviar Dip

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Dip
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 488kcal
Author: Bella
Have you heard of a Texas cowboy caviar dip before? This colourful appetizer makes a healthy summer BBQ dip that is packed full of flavour. If you are looking for a Southwest vegan dip or a bean and corn salsa, this is for you!
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Ingredients

  • 15.5 Ounces black eyed peas drained, rinsed and dried 
  • 15.5 Ounces black beans drained, rinsed and dried
  • 15 Ounces sweet corn drained and dried
  • 1/2 Cup red bell pepper diced small 
  • 1/2 Cup red onion diced 
  • 1/2 Cup cilantro leaves, chopped lightly 
  • 1 jalapenos seeded and diced
  • 1/2 Cup olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup lime juice fresh squeezed
  • 2 Tablespoon red wine vinegar 
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 avocado diced – optional 

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine the black eyed peas, beans, corn, red and green peppers, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro.  Toss to combine. 
  • In a bowl mix the olive oil, vinegar, sugar and spices. 
  • Pour over the black eyed pea mixture.  
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour. 
  • Serve with crackers or chips.   

Nutrition

Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 871mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 863IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 4mg

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

So if you’re planning a BBQ with friends or you’ve been asked to bring something to someone else’s, this Texas cowboy caviar dip is perfect. You simply can’t go wrong when making such as easy recipe. You’d better make a big batch though – this tends to disappear very fast!

If you are looking for other appetizer recipes, you might like this Pineapple Cranberry Brie Crescent Ring Appetizer.

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  1. Patricia Gorman wrote:

    5 stars
    This looks delicious!

    Posted 9.11.21 Reply