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tortilla chip being dipped in cowboy caviar

15 Minute Cowboy Caviar (AKA Texas Caviar)

  • Author: Verna
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x


15 Minute Cowboy Caviar also known as Texas Caviar is cross between a fresh tomato salsa and a bean salad. It’s super addicting with a sweet and tangy Southwestern Vinaigrette Style Dressing. A total winner for your next summer Bbq or potluck! Healthy, naturally Vegan and gluten free. Delish!



Cowboy Caviar Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 oz) (540 ml) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) (540 ml) black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (12 oz) (341 ml) corn, I like peaches and cream, (don't drain)
  • 1 can (10 oz) (284 ml) mild chopped tomatoes with green chilies, ( I like Rotel Brand)
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1/2 orange pepper, diced
  • 1/3-1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/3-1/2 cup cilantro, chopped and loosely packed

Southwestern Vinaigrette Dressing ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon oil, I use grapeseed oil
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice ( approximately 1 lime)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons pickled jalapeño juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (not powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


How to make 15 Minute Cowboy Caviar:

  1. First whisk together the ingredients for the Southwestern Vinaigrette in a small bowl and set aside
  2. Now add the drained and rinsed beans and black eyed peas to a large salad bowl along with the corn, tomatoes and the chopped onions, veggies and cilantro. Pour the vinaigrette dressing over the top.
  3. Mix well and serve right away or chill in the fridge for 30 minutes and give it a mix before serving. Easy Peasy! Enjoy!
  4. Yields 6-8 servings based on side salad portions


  • this salad will keep covered in the fridge for 3-4 days
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Salads, Gluten free, Sauces & dressings
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American

Keywords: cowboy caviar, Texas Caviar, southwestern vinaigrette, Mexican, salad, salsa, easy, bean salad, gluten free, dressing