This delicious and refreshing cowboy caviar is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next party or event! Enjoy the kick of spices and the crunchy vegetables.

Cowboy Caviar

This salad is so delicious and refreshing! You can pair it with just about anything.
Course: Appetizers and Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy, Fall, Fiber, Make ahead, Party, Quick, Spring, Summer
Condition: Dairy Free, Diabetes, Gluten Free, Heart Health, Nut Free, PCOS
Servings: 20
Calories: 110kcal


  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 can black eyed peas
  • 1-2 tomato diced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 cans sweet corn
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bags tortilla chips


  • Open the cans of black beans, black eyed peas, and corn then drain and rinse the contents and put them into a bowl. Drain well to make sure it doesn’t turn watery.
  • Chop bell peppers and the jalepeño. Make sure you de-seed the jalepeño before adding to the bowl.
  • Dice the tomatoes and onion then add them into the bowl.
  • Add the cilantro, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, and garlic into the bowl.
  • Drizzle the the olive oil and red wine vinegar over the contents in the bowl.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste (I usually add about a tablespoon of pepper and 2 teaspoons salt).
  • Mix well and add a spoonful of the mixture to each tortilla scoop. Garnish with cilantro


Based on 20 servings not including chips because you might want to eat as a side dish.


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 403IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

This Cowboy Caviar may seem like a lot of ingredients to put together for a side dish but it is actually simple to make it worth the effort.  It makes a large bowl of Cowboy Caviar so you will be able to feed a crowd. Nutrition analysis calculated without the chips because you may want to eat this dish as a protein-packed salsa with chips or as a side dish so portion size may also vary.

This tasty combination of black beans, black eyed peas, tomatoes, corn, peppers and spices make a great addition to a potluck, BBQ or any other event.  Since it is a vegetarian and vegan recipe it will please both meat eaters and non-meat eaters at your event. It is also dairy free, gluten-free and nut free.

Black-eyes peas are considered good luck if you eat them on January first each year.  Why not try eating this Cowboy Caviar recipe in addition or instead of the traditional hoppin john recipe?

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