Cowboy Caviar Recipe

5 from 18 votes

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This Cowboy Caviar Recipe is a Tex-Mex inspired dip that has been around for years! Enjoy on its own, with chips or spooned onto tacos! It’s the ultimate crowd-pleasing appetizer. 

I cannot put into words just how much I love cowboy caviar. Like, it is beyond amazing in my books. Healthy, crunchy and fresh with all those Mexican flavors you love. Plus it’s the best excuse to eat all the chips you want. Not only is it delicious with chips, but it is also great on tacos, in burritos or piled high onto nachos. I even added a few spoonfuls over some scrambled eggs with a little avocado too. Talk about a party in my mouth.

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Lots of recipes vary, but I really love the ease and versatility of this recipe. The main ingredients include:

  • Canned Beans – I use black, white and kidney beans, but any bean will do, as long as you rinse them well before adding. If you hate kidney beans, then don’t use them! Replace them with a bean you do like like pinto beans.
  • Corn – sweet corn to be exact. For an extra delicious twist on the recipe try grilling your corn and then cutting it off the cob. Or if you are looking to speed this recipe up, use canned corn.
  • Fresh Tomatoes – you can use on the vine tomatoes, Roma tomatoes or your own homegrown tomatoes.
  • Onion – the recipe calls for red onion which has a mild flavor but if you don’t like red onions you can replace it with a yellow onion.
  • Jalapeño – control your spice levels by either leaving in the seeds or scraping them out.
  • Cilantro – for taste and for presentation. If you absolutely can’t stand cilantro, just leave it out and add parsley, scallions, or chives instead.

The Dressing

The other part of this recipe that is equally as important is the dressing. Maybe not so much a ‘dressing’ as a marinating liquid for all these ingredients. This is the sweet, spicy, smokey part that really amps up the flavor and takes this from good to great.

To make whisk together:

  • Oil – the recipe calls for canola oil but if you prefer vegetable oil or olive oil, then use it! This is your dip people!
  • White Balsamic Vinegar – this brings its signature sweet and sour taste to the dressing.
  • Garlic – you can’t go wrong with garlic.
  • Cumin – for an earthy, nutty, spicy flavor!
  • Smoked Paprika – for a smokey taste!
  • Honey – to balance out all the savory flavors with some sweetness.

How to Make Cowboy Caviar

  1. Open cans of beans and corn. Drain using a colander and rinse well. Pour into a large bowl. Add in tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro. Stir.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients for dressing together and pour over bean mixture. Stir to coat. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve with tortilla chips.

The longer this sits the more delicious it becomes. Be sure to chop all ingredients into bite-sized pieces, about the same size as the beans. Since you want this Cowboy Caviar to be scoop-able, the smaller the pieces the better.

This recipe lasts 3-4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Cowboy Caviar with Avocado

If you have it, feel free to add in a little diced avocado to your Cowboy Caviar. If you’re making this in advance, squeeze some lime juice over your avocado pieces BEFORE adding it into your dip ensure your avocado stays green! Ripe avocado has a tendency to mush easily the more you stir it (which doesn’t make super pretty dip) but still delicious. If this is a non-issue for you, feel free to add it in. I don’t include it in the recipe directions because I prefer avocado-free Cowboy Caviar but again, feel free to add it in as you like.

Is Cowboy Caviar Gluten-Free?

You bet it is! This recipe is all vegetables and beans, great sources of vitamins and protein so pick up some corn tortilla chips and enjoy Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Cowboy Caviar.

To make this item vegan omit the honey for regular sugar (just make sure to dissolve it well into the dressing).

Can I Make this Cowboy Caviar Recipe Ahead of Time?

Although this recipe tastes better with time, be wary about your vegetables getting soggy. I’d make this recipe a day ahead and then eat the leftovers as soon as possible. Which is pretty easy since it is SO tasty!

I would not recommend freezing this recipe especially because it is super quick to throw together anyways.

More Dips to Try!

Make sure you save this recipe because it is so delicious and super quick to throw together. It makes the perfect appetizer or snack. Printable recipe card below! Enjoy! 🙂

5 from 18 votes

Cowboy Caviar Recipe

This Cowboy Caviar Recipe is a Tex-Mex inspired dip that has been around for years! Enjoy on its own, with chips or spooned onto tacos! It's the ultimate crowd-pleasing appetizer. 
servings 8 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can white beans
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 5 tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 large red onion
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 cup cilantro roughly chopped

for the dressing-

  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Open cans of beans and corn. Drain using a colander and rinse well. Pour into a large bowl. Add in tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro. Stir.
  • In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients for dressing together and pour over bean mixture. Stir to coat. Taste and adjust seasonings. The longer this sits, the better. Serve with tortilla chips.

Nutrition

Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 614mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 990IU | Vitamin C: 16.6mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2.5mg
Course: Appetizer, Dip, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bean dip, cowboy caviar, cowboy caviar recipe, mexican dip

 

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46 Responses
  1. Kat

    Welcome to Florida!! I hope it’s gorgeous in whichever city you’re visiting and if you make it to Tallahassee I’ve got some fun recommendations for you 🙂 I love my home town.
    This recipe looks amazing (with the exception of the kidney beans, we have a hate hate relationship) and I will definitely be mixing some up for days at the pool. Thank you!

  2. SaraLily

    5 stars
    Oooooo this looks interesting! I am planning my Memorial Day cookout and am thinking I will have to add this to the “chips and dips” section! Wooo! Yum!

  3. Ruth Cobb

    5 stars
    Hi: Just made one for a family party. It went over well. I used ChinDeep’s recipe, but yours is different and sounds so good too. When I looked on pinterest for a recipe,I had a whole page of different ones on there lol. Thanks for another good sounding one.

  4. Debbie

    Hi Lauren, Do you use regular tomatoes or roma tomatoes. I usually use roma tomatoes in my salsa. If you use 5 regular tomatoes how many roams should I use? thank you.

    1. Lauren

      I used on the vine tomatoes for this recipe; they are slightly bigger than Roma’s. I’d probably use 6-7 Roma’s.

  5. Debbie

    5 stars
    Omg this was AWESOME!! Everybody at our 4th of July party went crazy over it! So fresh and yummy!! Thank you Lauren!!

  6. Elizabeth Woods

    Cilantro is Corriander, I believe, which is a taste I really dislike. Is there something I can use as a substitute? Maybe celery or something, also black beans…… never seen them in an Australian supermarket. Thanks for any suggestions, I love your recipes, we just need to translate them to Aussie cooking products!

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    […] Cowboy Caviar: make a big batch of this at the beginning of the week and see if it lasts! It’s so so good with chips and gets better the longer it sits in the dressing! […]

  8. Jennifer

    This is one of my favorite recipes. It’s always a hit at parties and is often a request from friends to bring to a pot luck.!

  9. Tabatha combs

    Yumm! This looks amazing and so fast and easy to make, I have 3 boys so this will be a great snack while watching football on sundays!!!

  10. Amy Varnell-Miller

    This is the recipe that started my love affair with your blog/instagram. Thank you for your ten years of blogging. Your recipes are consistently the best of the best! Congratulations on baby Porter. Such a lovely family.

  11. Carla Contouris

    5 stars
    Want to try this recipe. I’ve fixed others similar and like them. I’m entering your $1,000 giveaway. I love your posts.

  12. Patti Keil

    I love your blog and recipes! I have also enjoyed watching your sweet children grow over the years. Congratulations on reaching this milestone…and CHEERS to reaching the next!
    I’m excited to try this recipe. My daughter make something similar but the dressing seems to be lacking and we cannot figure out what to do. Going to give this a whirl!! Thanks for all you share with us. I’m excited to follow you another 10+ years.
    Patti

  13. Kate corbin

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh, this is so good! My aunt made it when she came for my baby shower and added avacado too. It was to die for- I ate the leftovers all on my own. 😂

  14. Debi Civisca

    5 stars
    I love your cowboy Caviar recipe. It’s now my go to recipe when I have to bring something to a friends house. And now that the Buffalo Bills are back playing so well it’s made every Sunday. Thanks for the recipe

  15. Lisa Missner

    5 stars
    I made this recipe. It was so good. I love these recipes and this was one of the best ones I have made. I liked the honey instead of using sugar and I used the beans I had handy…pinto, cannellini and black beans.

    We used it as an appetizer with scoops, but I can see using it as a side or on a salad.

    Thank you for posting!

  16. Michael L Ward

    5 stars
    After almost a year of sitting on this, because I absolutely detest cilantro and purposely don’t purchase it. I caved because I know my wife would love it and she did. I of course pointed out that after 30 years of marriage I purchased said cilantro and cut it up to make her happy. Let’s just say she is very happy, only now I have to make it more often. All kidding aside another sucess from Lauren’s Latest. You haven’t failed me yet.