Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar, also called Cowboy Caviar, is a delicious dip made of beans, peppers, corn, and a flavorful citrus vinaigrette. This easy, delicious bean dip is a Texan favorite. Once you try it, you’ll see why!

Texas Caviar in serving bowl with chips and garnish

This Texas caviar is super easy to make and is oh-so-delicious! We combine beans with other amazing ingredients and tie them together with a zesty lime vinaigrette. You can serve it as a dip or a side dish. The best part about this cowboy caviar is that it’s both gluten-free and vegan. So if you are looking for a dish high in plant-based protein, this Texas caviar is the one!

What is Texas caviar?

Texas caviar, also known as cowboy caviar, is a combination of beans, peppers, corn, and lime juice. This gorgeous plant-based dip originated in Texas during the 1940s. Since then, this dip has reached national popularity, appearing at potlucks, cookouts, and parties. 

What are black-eyed peas?

Black-eyes peas, also called black-eyed beans, are legumes that originated in Africa. These popular “beans” are related to cowpeas and appear in many Southern dishes like Hoppin’ John and Cowboy (Texas) Caviar. Black-eyed peas are also abundant in African, Middle Eastern, South and Southeast Asian, and South American cuisine. 

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Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can black beans
  • 1 15-ounce can black-eyed peas
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Corn (canned, frozen or fresh grilled corn all work for this recipe)
  • Mango (this is an optional ingredient. You can omit it if desired or substitute it with diced firm peaches, pineapple, or grilled watermelon.
  • Avocado
  • Jalapeno (sub with 1/3 cup diced red bell pepper)
  • Red onion
  • Cilantro leaves (sub with flat-leaf parsley)
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Honey or agave syrup
  • Chili powder
  • Garlic powder
  • salt and black pepper to taste

How to make Texas caviar

  • Rinse and drain the black beans and black-eyed peas. Place them in a large bowl with the tomatoes, corn, mango, avocado, jalapeno, and red onion.
  • In a separate bowl, combine olive oil, lime juice, honey, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. 
  • Pour vinaigrette over the bean mixture, add chopped cilantro, and gently fold to combine.
  • Transfer the Texas caviar to a serving dish, cover it with plastic wrap, and place it in the refrigerator for 2-8 hours before serving.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.
Texas Caviar in bowl, close up

Storing Leftovers

Store leftover Texas caviar in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days after initial preparation. Do not freeze.

Can you freeze Texas caviar?

While you can refrigerate this dip for a few days, I don’t recommend freezing it. The tomatoes will turn mushy when frozen and thawed. The avocados and mangos will encounter the same problem. 

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Texas Caviar in serving bowl with chips and garnish

Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar, also called Cowboy Caviar, is a delicious dip made of beans, peppers, corn, and a flavorful citrus vinaigrette. This easy, delicious bean dip is a Texan favorite. Once you try it, you’ll see why!
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American BBQ, American Food
Keyword: bbq side dish, cowboy caviar, southern side dishes, Texas caviar
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 People
Calories: 320kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 15- ounce can black beans
  • 1 15- ounce can black-eyed peas
  • 10 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup corn canned, fresh, or frozen
  • 1/2 cup diced mango fresh or canned (optional)
  • 1 medium avocado pitted and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and diced (sub with 1/3 cup diced red bell pepper)
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Rinse and drain the black beans and black-eyed peas. Place them in a large bowl with the tomatoes, corn, mango, avocado, jalapeno, and red onion.
  • In a separate bowl, combine olive oil, lime juice, honey, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
  • Pour vinaigrette over the bean mixture, add chopped cilantro, and gently fold to combine.
  • Transfer the Texas caviar to a serving dish, cover it with plastic wrap, and place it in the refrigerator for 2-8 hours before serving.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.
  • Store leftover Texas caviar in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days after initial preparation. Do not freeze.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 576mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1900IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 4mg
Texas Caviar