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.
Let’s talk about this Cowboy Caviar Recipe ya’ll!!! 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. YOLO!
Delicious with chips, 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 Recipe Ingredients
The Main Ingredients
Lots of recipes vary, but I really love the ease and versatility of this recipe. The main ingredients include canned beans, corn, fresh tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro. I use black, white and kidney beans, but any bean will do, as long as you rinse them well before adding.
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. Whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, and, honey to form the dressing and toss together with the other ingredients.
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.
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.
Printable recipe card below! Enjoy! 🙂
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.
- 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-
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.