Cowboy Caviar Dip Recipe

Cowboy Caviar Dip Recipe is a family favorite for any time of the year, especially summertime. It’s a dish that will steal the show and have everyone coming back for more. This easy dip recipe is the perfect snack for your summertime adventures. Packed with fresh flavors, vibrant colors, and a satisfying crunch, it’s the perfect snack for your summertime adventures.

Summer means it’s hot, time to savor the sunshine, and time to enjoy some delicious crowd-pleasing snacks. Whether you’re heading to the beach, hosting a backyard barbecue, lounging by the pool, or enjoying the lake, this dip will be your new summer snack.

This is one of my all-time favorite dips to make and eat during the hot summer months. It is always a hit with the family and perfect for sharing with family and friends.

Texas Cowboy Caviar Dip in a serving bowl with chips in the background. Text overlay.

Why You’ll Love This Dip Recipe

This dip comes together fast and will be in your fridge chilling within minutes. There is no need to turn on the stove or heat up your kitchen. With just a few humble canned vegetables, fresh produce,  and a few pantry staples, you’ll have a delicious snack that is incredibly easy to make.

This versatile dish can be served as a snack, appetizer, or even a side dish.  It’s delicious served alongside grilled chicken or on top of tacos, but it’s enjoyed mostly by scooping up the colorful mix with tortilla chips.

The combination of flavors from the beans, corn, peas, and zesty cilantro creates a satisfying dip that is hard to resist. Plus, it is easy to customize, allowing you to adjust the ingredients to your favorites and to suit your taste preferences.

Ingredients Needed For Texas Caviar

This is the best cowboy caviar recipe I have repeatedly made all summer. It’s the perfect dish and always a crowd pleaser. It makes a big batch and is a great recipe for game day, cookouts, or snacks by the pool. For a complete list of ingredients, please see the printable recipe card below. All of the ingredients are easy to find in your grocery store, farmer’s market, or from your garden. I prefer to use fresh ingredients and fresh vegetables whenever I can in this easy recipe.

  • Roma Tomatoes—Fresh tomatoes are needed for this salad, but I use cherry tomatoes fresh from the vine during the summer. 
  • Red Onion – Any onion will work for this recipe. I use red onion the most for added color.
  • Black Beans – These are great for color, texture, and flavor. Rinse and drain the beans before adding them to the bowl.
  • Black-Eyed Peas – I always have a can of black-eyed peas on hand for this easy cowboy caviar.
  • Sweet Corn – I use a can of whole-kernel corn for this recipe. It’s convenient, but fresh corn or even frozen corn works nicely. Thaw frozen corn completely before adding to the bowl.
  • Bell Pepper – Fresh veggies make this colorful cowboy caviar so tasty. I use whatever color I have in my produce drawer- red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, or green bell pepper.
  • Cilantro – I love a dish that is full of fresh cilantro. 
  • Jalapeno—Jalapeno is optional but adds flavor. It’s not overpowering in this flavorful dip and adds just enough heat. 

For the Dressing

These are simple ingredients needed for the dressing. If you need a shortcut for this cowboy salsa, a bottle of Italian Dressing will be quite tasty. It’s easy and is a great way to use what is in your pantry. It works well for a last-minute dressing. This hearty dip can be added as a side salad with your meal.

  • Olive Oil – A neutral oil is needed for the base of this dressing.
  • Lime  Juice – If you don’t have fresh lime juice, use lime juice from a bottle.
  • Red Wine Vinegar – Just an ingredient I keep in my refrigerator. Apple Cider vinegar will also work.
  • Sugar – I use a small amount to balance the flavors.
  • Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder – These are the seasonings I use, but use your favorites.
  • Tortilla chips – Choose crunchy tortilla chips or your favorite chips for dipping, and you can’t go wrong.
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How To Make Cowboy Caviar Dip

This dip has several names- Cowboy Caviar Dip, Redneck Dip, and Texas Caviar Dip but no matter the name, it’s packed full of flavor.  The beauty of this dish is it’s easy to customize. If you find you are missing an ingredient, substitute it with another one or leave it out. You’ll need a large mixing bowl for this simple dip and a bag of corn chips for dipping. Please see the printable recipe card below for step-by-step instructions.

  1. Combine tomatoes, onion, black beans, black-eyed peas, corn, pepper, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro in a large bowl. Toss until well combined.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  3. Pour the dressing over other ingredients and toss well.
  4. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Stir again just before serving. 

Recipe Tips and Variations

These are just a few tips, suggestions, and variations to help make this dip more enjoyable. Feel free to experiment and add or substitute ingredients you like.

  • Allow time for this dip to chill for more enjoyment.
  • Make it spicier by adding more jalapenos.
  • Swap out the beans. Add kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, white beans, or even chickpeas for different flavors and textures.
  • Use fresh corn or frozen corn.

Can I Make This Dip In Advance

This is a great make-ahead dish. You can prepare this dip up to 24 hours in advance. I prefer to make this dish a day before serving it, for it gives all the flavors time to meld together.

How to Store Leftovers

If you are lucky enough to find you have leftovers, they are fabulous the next day. Store all leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

When To Serve this Dish

This dish is perfect for any occasion, but it’s the most popular in my home during summer. It’s ideal for outdoor settings because it’s refreshing, light, and easy to transport. Serve it as a snack or appetizer at barbecues, potlucks, pool parties, lake days, or even as a snack on the beach. This dish is very portable and is great for tailgating as well.

Texas Cowboy Caviar Dip Recipe shown in a serving bowl with text overlay.

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Texas Cowboy Caviar Dip Recipe in a serving bowl.

Cowboy Caviar Dip Recipe

Gina Abernathy
The Cowboy Caviar Dip Recipe is a family favorite for any time of the year, especially summertime. It's a dish that will steal the show and have everyone coming back for more.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Roma Tomatoes seeds removed, diced
  • ½ cup Red Onion Diced
  • 15 oz. can Black Beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 oz. can Black-Eyed Peas drained
  • 15 oz. can Sweet Corn drained
  • 1 Bell Pepper diced
  • ½ cup Cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper seeds removed, finely diced

Dressing

  • cup Olive Oil or a neutral oil
  • 1 Lime juice fresh
  • 2 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt and Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Tortilla Chips

Instructions
 

  • Combine tomatoes, onion, black beans, black eyed peas, corn, pepper, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro in a large bowl. Toss until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour the dressing over other ingredients and toss well.
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Stir again just before serving. 

Notes

You can substitute the dressing with Italian Dressing from a bottle.
Keep Refrigerated.
Stir well before serving.
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