Cowboy Caviar {AKA Texas Caviar}


If you haven’t tried Cowboy Caviar today is the day! This is one of my favorite appetizers/snacks and it’s always a crowd favorite! It has such a delicious fresh and vibrant flavor and just the perfect blend of ingredients. One of the all time best chip dips out there if you ask me!

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar or Texas Caviar?

What do you call this ever so popular chip dip? Cowboy Caviar, Texas Caviar, Black Eyed Pea Salsa or even something else? I’m finding the most common name seems to be Cowboy Caviar so that’s what we’ll go with here.

I first tried this dip about 10 years ago at a holiday party. I was hooked after one bite. I seriously could not stop eating it. I think I ate at least half of the bowl myself!


I’ve made it a lot since then add switched things up a bit. I like to use a homemade dressing, instead of a bottled Italian dressing and I like to add avocado because every kind of recipe like so is better with little bits of creamy avocado, right?

I know it might seem like a lot of ingredients but this is like the dip of all dips so make it! It will soon be that dip everyone requests at parties. Or just make it for dinner and serve along with some grilled chicken or salmon.

Cowboy Caviar Ingredients

Ingredients for This Cowboy Caviar Dip

  • Roma tomtoes
  • Avocado
  • Green bell pepper
  • Avocado
  • Red onion
  • Frozen Corn
  • Canned back eyed peas (sometimes found by the canned veggies)
  • Canned black beans
  • Jalapeno (optional)
  • Cilantro

(Scroll below for full recipe.)

Ingredients for the Homemade Dressing

  • Olive Oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Lime juice
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Mexican oregano (regular would work too)
  • Salt and pepper

Cowboy Texas Caviar Dressing

How Do You Make Cowboy Caviar Recipe?

First you’ll start by whisking all of the dressing ingredients together until well combined. Then dice up the veggies really small.

Cowboy Caviar chopped veggies

Drain and rinse the black beans. This will remove some of the extra salt and of course get rid of that murky looking liquid so you don’t end up with a weird color dip.

Cowboy Texas Caviar black beans and black eyed peas

Then add all the diced veggies, black eyed peas and black beans to a big big bowl.

Cowboy Caviar adding dressing to veggies and beans in mixing bowl

Pour the dressing over and toss to coat. Serve with tortilla chips!

Cowboy Caviar

Tips for the Best Cowboy Caviar

  • Wait to add dressing until ready to serve (keep diced veggies and beans chilled).
  • Wait to and avocado until you are ready to serve the dip. Nobody likes brown avocado.
  • Stick with the homemade dressing. I know a store-bought Italian dressing works too but homemade is best.
  • If you don’t want to buy both black beans and black eyed peas you can just use two cans of one or the other.
  • Canned corn (drained) works too, I just prefer frozen.
  • If you don’t like heat please leave out the jalapeno. Kids might not like it either.

Cowboy Caviar


More Dip and Salsa Recipes to Try

Recipe originally shared Dec. 2015. It used to be called Black Eyed Pea Salsa.


Cowboy Caviar

5 from 1 vote

A fresh and vibrant chip dip that's perfect for parties or snacking! This stuff is always a crowd favorite and it's the perfect thing to serve any time of year.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Keyword: Cowboy Caviar
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 241 kcal
Author: Jaclyn



  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried mexican oregano*
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (about 1/2 tsp of each)


  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 lb roma tomatoes, diced small (about 3 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed according to package instructions
  • 1 cup small diced green bell pepper
  • 1 large semi-firm but ripe Hass avocado, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion, rinsed and drained to remove harsh bite
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • Tortilla chips , for serving


  1. In a mixing bowl or jar whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, honey, garlic, oregano and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Add all salsa ingredients to a mixing bowl pour dressing over top and toss to evenly coat. Preferably let rest in refrigerator 30 minutes then toss once more just before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.
  3. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Recipe Notes

*Crush oregano before measuring if it's bigger leaves. Regular Italian oregano will work as well if you can't find Mexican.

Nutrition Facts
Cowboy Caviar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 241 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 166mg 7%
Potassium 556mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 4g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 10.4%
Vitamin C 32.3%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Lisa: This is amazing! I used frozen peas but sautéed them in all purpose kroger seasoning and a table spoon of bacon grease from fresh bacon. January 1, 2016 at 3:05pm Reply

  • stacie: They didn’t have canned black eyed peas at my grocery store :( I had to get dried. Planning on soaking overnight…anything else you can think of that I should do? December 31, 2015 at 2:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I would soak them overnight but then also cook them until soft. You could also use black beans as a sub. Hope you love it! December 31, 2015 at 10:18pm Reply

  • Sarah: This looks so good, and I’m planning to make it for New Year’s Day. We will be traveling, so do you think it would be okay to mix everything but the avocados with the dressing several hours ahead of time, and then just add the avocados right before we eat it? December 31, 2015 at 11:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes that should be just fine I hope you love it! December 31, 2015 at 10:19pm Reply

  • Shanti: awesomeness. shared on Facebook. appreciate your great recipes ♡ December 30, 2015 at 8:24am Reply

  • GG: I am going to make this dish for a get together with dome friends next week. I enjoy using recipes from this website….I am making those tasty 1 hour dinner rolls tomorrow! Merry Christmas December 24, 2015 at 5:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it! I’m happy to hear you’ve enjoyed my site :)! Merry Christmas to you! December 24, 2015 at 9:19pm Reply

  • Shirley: Regarding the black eyed pea salsa… I drain and rinse the 2 cans of black eyed peas. or leave them undrained? Thanks for the interesting sounding recipe. December 24, 2015 at 8:27am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes drain and rinse them :). Sorry I didn’t list it! December 24, 2015 at 9:11pm Reply

  • Liz: Sounds really nice. Merry Christmas! December 24, 2015 at 5:16am Reply

  • Roxana: I love how bright and colorful this salsa is, and staring at it is making me SO hungry right now! :D December 23, 2015 at 3:34pm Reply

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