• Cowboy Caviar

    107 votes
    Cowboy Caviar
    Prep: 15 min Servings: 20
    by Lynn Yamamoto
    3 recipes
    This is fresh, healthy and delicious. People love it, even kids. You can make it ahead, so it's great for a summer party. Serve it with scoop-shaped tortilla chips, or have it on the side as a relish. I add extra cilantro, because there can never be too much cilantro!


    • 2 - 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed
    • 1 - 17 oz can whole kernel corn, drained
    • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 large avocado, diced
    • 1/2 red onion, chopped
    • 1/4 C fresh cilantro, chopped
    • Dressing:
    • 1 T red wine vinegar
    • 4 T lime juice
    • 2 T olive oil
    • 1 t salt
    • 1/2 t ground pepper


    1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
    2. Chill if making ahead.

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    • John Spottiswood
      John Spottiswood
      This dish is healthy, fresh and delicious. Serve it with tortilla chips like a salsa, or serve it in small cups or bowls as a nice salad/appetizer for lunch or dinner.
      • Nancy Miyasaki
        Nancy Miyasaki
        Nice alternative to salsa. The fresh ingredients make it really yummy and healthy too. I would make it with at least a half cup of cilantro...maybe more. But I love cilantro!
        • Dean Grason
          Dean Grason
          THis dish was very addictive. I just need to walk away or I might have eaten it all. I might have added a little more avocado and use a generous portion of cilantro.
          • Michele Grason
            Michele Grason
            I have a similar recipe that I like which also calls for a little cumin and chili powder and some chopped bell pepper. I also like to use fresh corn when it's in season that I cut off the cob. It doesn't even have to be cooked.
            • Yvette Bedrosian
              Yvette Bedrosian
              A nice refreshing side salad for any type of barbecue. I like it with a lot of cilantro.
              • Karen
                I love this dish. It is simple yet full of so many great flavors. It works well as a dip or as a taco/burrito filler. This should be a regular item in your weekly menus.
                • dp
                  i love stuff like this great combo thanks
                  • Nadine Brown
                    Nadine Brown
                    Looking to make this salad (w/b-eyed peas) to take to Super Bowl party...where Saints will be victorious!
                    • Stacey Maupin Torres
                      Stacey Maupin Torres
                      Good recipe. Also known as Southern Caviar, made with blackeyed peas insted of black beans.
                      • Kristi Rimkus
                        Kristi Rimkus
                        Yum! I could eat this by itself without chips
                        • kathy gori
                          kathy gori
                          I've made almost this same recipe for years, the only difference was the salad was then mixed with angel hair pasta as a salad.
                          • Aaron Corn
                            Aaron Corn
                            • mildred sampson
                              mildred sampson
                              i have made this two times, added corn chips simple love the lime juice is the secret for is a staple in my house
                              • Aspen Lee-Moulden
                                Aspen Lee-Moulden
                                This is really good and fresh. I make additional dressing and then add a few handfuls of arugula and make it a salad. It's awesome!
                                • Danielle Slamka
                                  Danielle Slamka
                                  I have made this recipe many times and every time I do, people beg for the recipe. It is SO good!
                                  • Phyllis Munro
                                    Phyllis Munro
                                    I made this to much on for the football came today. I did spice it up a bit with the addition of fresh jalapenos and about a tsp of cumin. I used the whole bunch of cilantro and added an extra avocado.
                                    • ROSANNA
                                      This looks very good and easy. I am always looking for something new and different. Just my tastes, but would leave out the cilantro, and maybe add fresh parsley or mint.
                                      • Sandy Carl
                                        I'M NOT ALL THAT BIG ON BEANS
                                        • EMMA ECCLES
                                          EMMA ECCLES
                                          Really tasty and great with tortillas, chicked a side dish at your bbq. I added cumin and cayanne pepper as i like it hot! I also used black eyed beans and haricot instead of black/kidney? beans.
                                          • Ms Janet Callear
                                            Ms Janet Callear
                                            This is a healthy and very refreshing addition to any summer salad or on its own, and the kids love it
                                            • Christy Rahn Hart
                                              We took this camping as a side dish. It was delicious and fresh after a long day of the flavors mixing in the cooler. The other campers were envious of our prize dish.
                                              • Kathy Aguilar
                                                Kathy Aguilar
                                                I love this!
                                                • Tony Hall
                                                  Tony Hall
                                                  tried it, loved it.
                                                  • Camille
                                                    I added a jalapeno or two, and reduced the amount of salt. I agree with the reviews and would add an additional avocado or two. It is extremely difficult to stop eating this!
                                                    This is absolutely wonderful for the summer!
                                                    • Julie M.
                                                      Julie M.
                                                      Love me some cowboy caviar! thanks for sharing!
                                                      • Leslie King
                                                        Leslie King
                                                        I make this all the time, so funny to me that instead we call it "Mexican Caviar". The only real difference that I can tell it that my version has tobasco suace, and I use green onions and chives instead of red onions. It's definitely a hit.
                                                        • Maher Hazine
                                                          Maher Hazine
                                                          This is very good. Use Fresh Corn when possible. for Tomatoes, do not use Steak tomatoes as they are too watery. Try Roma or better yet use grape or cherry tomatoes cut in half.
                                                          • sue martin
                                                            sue martin
                                                            This is reeeally good. My non adventurous friends even loved it, so fresh and healthy and the avocado is better chunked than the guacamole i used to love.
                                                            • Judy
                                                              A great summer recipe, by its self or over rice or noodles even, great recipe
                                                              • Carolyn
                                                                Love it! I make it again and again. I usually do use 2 avocados though.
                                                                • Buena Comida with Janice Whitaker
                                                                  Buena Comida with Janice Whitaker
                                                                  A friend brought this recently to us as a salad and it was devoured.
                                                                  • Carmen B
                                                                    Carmen B
                                                                    Love the idea and plan to try soon
                                                                    • Carmen B
                                                                      Carmen B
                                                                      Love the idea and plan to try soon
                                                                      • Bon
                                                                        Incredible, especially the next day. Easy to make, goes great as a side dish or dip and believe it or not - on scrambled eggs! My brother topped his with sour cream and stir it up - creamy. Just make it and love it.
                                                                        • Sheri Bender
                                                                          Sheri Bender
                                                                          I really love this recipe. I used a more avocado and cilantro and added some chopped green onion along with a little red onion.
                                                                          • juvy canilang
                                                                            juvy canilang
                                                                            same with greek salad...i will probably try this.
                                                                            • Marlene Baird
                                                                              Marlene Baird
                                                                              I love all of the ingredients in this recipe. It's healthy and clean. I would definitely make this.
                                                                              • ECK
                                                                                Made this on the weekend and it was great. Next time I will omit the avocado. Found it got mushy in the leftovers.
                                                                                • Patte
                                                                                  Really good! Cut the recipe In half, kept the full avocado, cilantro and dressing. Served it with Tostitos scoops. Success! A definite keeper.
                                                                                  • Sue
                                                                                    Oh wonderful i havent made this scense i was in wyo. in the late 70's.cant wait to make it.although i will use frsh white corn and fresh yellow corn.also will make the seasoning differt will be adding some mexican spices, tabasco, will do away with the oil.for less fat avacatos bring enough fat. and to make it spicy just taste a little more festive. mabey green onions like both so will see.:-)
                                                                                    • Barbie Petty
                                                                                      Barbie Petty
                                                                                      Being a full-blooded Texan, I have known this as "Texas Caviar" and just love it. Thanks for the post - and I agree, there can never be such a thing as "too much cilantro" in this. :) The only change I would make is to say watch the salt, though this one doesn't have a ton of it. So much of the prepped or canned food already has salt in it.
                                                                                      • jane Mathewson
                                                                                        jane Mathewson
                                                                                        I found this even better than traditional salsa, and I don't like beans at all. A great way to get them into your diet. Amazing flavour.
                                                                                        • Redneck Mike
                                                                                          Redneck Mike
                                                                                          Texans love caviar
                                                                                          • Aliceannie
                                                                                            I am not a lover of black beans. I always use black eyed peas. I is so refreshing and keeps well.


                                                                                            • shiela seale
                                                                                              shiela seale
                                                                                              wow i love caviar i really like it.thanks for sharing.

                                                                                              • Alida
                                                                                                Wow! This dish is great!
                                                                                                • Lynn Yamamoto
                                                                                                  Lynn Yamamoto
                                                                                                  I'm so glad everyone's been enjoying this dish. It's always been a hit when I've served it, and like Bon's comment below, it's really versatile.
                                                                                                • Bon
                                                                                                  Easy, quick, and wonderful! I made this dish on Friday evening to take to the church on Saturday for a choir party. Everyone raved about it and asked how to make it. The recipe is simple enough that I was able to recall it on the spot. Sunday morning topped my scrambled eggs with the mixture, and rolled up in a tortilla. What a great way to start the day. Monday morning I had just crumbs and small pieces of the dip chips. Using the old ' the crumbs of chocolate cookies are the best' rule (where you place the crumbs in a bowl and add milk), I dumbed the chips in a bowl, dished the salsa over it, added a dab of sour cream, and wah-la - you have the breakfast of champions! Making another big bowl tonight to have for the week. Thanks for the best snack recipe in a long time!
                                                                                                  • Nina
                                                                                                    Looks and sounds really good, would be great for a side dish.
                                                                                                    • VIcki Nunn
                                                                                                      VIcki Nunn
                                                                                                      Made this dish for a work dinner. D idnt have any left over. Everyone loved it.
                                                                                                      • Gourmet Mama
                                                                                                        Gourmet Mama
                                                                                                        Yum! I make a similar dish but without the avocado.
                                                                                                        • Brett Ede
                                                                                                          Brett Ede
                                                                                                          A nice refreshing side salad for any type of barbecue.
                                                                                                          • diana neal
                                                                                                            diana neal
                                                                                                            Sounds really delicious and healthy except for the high sodium. I would adjust the salt for a healthier version of the same.
                                                                                                            • Koko's Kitchen
                                                                                                              Koko's Kitchen
                                                                                                              This looks lovely, quite similar to a salad a made for dinner last night!
                                                                                                              • quickmealhelp
                                                                                                                Sounds like this is as delicious as it looks -- am planning to take this to a party to share with a crowd! Love the title -- thanks for sharing!
                                                                                                                • K2
                                                                                                                  The recipe that first appeared in Sunset Magazine in 1996 (and that I follow) calls for black-eye peas. It is a nice change from the black beans. also, you can't go wrong with just eyeballing this recipe with regards to avocado and tomatoes

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