Cowboy Caviar is one recipe everyone raves about!

A fresh, simple dip that can be thrown together in under 15 minutes!

This Cowboy Caviar makes a great side dish for any picnic, potluck, or party, and is a great way to use up your summer produce!

Cowboy Caviar in a glass bowl with tortilla chips

I tried cowboy caviar for the first time at a potluck last summer and was instantly obsessed

I didn’t expect it from this unassuming, summery dip that at first glance I confused with chunky salsa or pico de gallo, but one bite and I knew that I was hooked for life.

The saltiness of the chips combined with the freshness of the tomatoes, the crispness of the pepper, the subtle heat of the jalapeno, the faint hint of lime and garlic…. It was heaven.

A replication of the highest order was necessary, and since that first fateful bite last year, I have perfected my own recipe for cowboy caviar and I am so excited to share it with you today.

Ingredients for cowboy caviar in a glass bowl

I made this cowboy caviar for my family last weekend for Easter, and after baking both my signature carrot cake and coffee cake for brunch, I wanted something a little less sweet, and definitely something that wouldn’t require turning on the oven.

This cowboy caviar is easy to make, just a matter of chopping your veggies and tossing everything together.

If you ask me, the trick to the best possible cowboy caviar is to dice the ingredients that need dicing (the tomatoes, onion, pepper, etc — not the beans!) very small, the smaller the better.  Try to keep your tomato and avocado pieces petite rather than big and chunky (about bean-sized works great!).  An easy way to do this is with my favorite chopper, including for the tomatoes!

To easily cut my avocado, I like to slice it in half and then score it into small pieces using my knife, then just scoop everything out into the bowl with a large spoon!

cowboy caviar in a bowl

Everyone who tried this cowboy caviar loved it and the bowl was scraped clean in record time.

P.S. As you can see in the pictures, I love serving these with tortilla chips, but cowboy caviar also tastes amazing eaten straight by the spoon!

Cowboy Caviar in a glass bowl with tortilla chips
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Cowboy Caviar

A fresh, simple dip that can be thrown together in under 15 minutes! This Cowboy Caviar makes a great side dish for any picnic, potluck, or party, and is a great way to use up your summer produce!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Samantha


  • 3 Roma tomatoes seeds removed, diced
  • 2 ripe avocados diced
  • cup red onion diced
  • 15 oz black beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 oz black eyed peas rinsed and drained
  • 1 ½ cups frozen sweet corn thawed (I just usually toss it in the salad frozen unless I plan on eating it immediately, it thaws quite quickly)
  • 1 bell pepper diced (I used half a green and half a red, but color doesn’t matter)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeds removed, diced into very small pieces
  • cup Cilantro finely chopped


  • cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice fresh preferred
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Tortilla chips for serving


  • Combine tomatoes, avocado, onion, black beans, black eyed peas, corn, pepper, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro in a large bowl. Toss/stir well so that ingredients are well-combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Pour dressing over other ingredients and stir/toss very well.
  • Keep refrigerated. If not serving immediately, be sure to toss/stir well before serving.


Calories do not include tortilla chips.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 214 | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 248mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 22.9mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

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Samantha is the creator behind the dessert blog “Sugar Spun Run”, a website she began as an excuse to appease her insatiable sweet tooth. Here she shares original, from-scratch desserts, usually of the chocolate variety. If she’s not in her kitchen (more likely than not coated in a fine dusting of powdered sugar), you’ll probably find her hanging out with her husband and their two dogs, Penny and (Princess) Leia.
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  1. I love this recipe and it’s a crowd pleaser each time. I did add a smidge more garlic and salt but it’s pretty perfect as written. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes.5 stars

  2. This is a great recipe as written. If you are watching your sugar, you can omit the sugar from the dressing, you won’t miss it especially if you use sweet corn :) To add a little extra Southwest flavor try putting a quarter teaspoon of cumin in the dressing. If you like it hotter, add some extra diced jalapeno or serrano peppers! This is a great topping addition to chicken burrito bowls too!5 stars

  3. This recipe is super bland. Only half a teaspoon of salt? I ended up doubling if not tripling pretty much all the seasoning.2 stars

    1. Thanks for sharing, Caroline! You can definitely adjust the seasoning to your preference.

  4. So many great recipes on this site, but we did find this disappointing. As great as the combination of ingredients was, it was pretty darn tasteless. Even the teens left it. Sorry2 stars

  5. I used this recipe as I had a bunch of leftover corn on the cob, and made it to use throughout the week. I didn’t add tomatoes or avocados so it could keep longer, but the flavor is spectacular!!! Will definitely be a staple in my fridge. ❤️5 stars

  6. This is a great basic recipe. I made this a day ahead hoping the flavors would meld and ended up adding seasoning and lime juice. Also, the avocado will darken with time, I recommend adding it the day you plan to serve it if making ahead.5 stars

  7. Without modifications this would be a 4-star rating. I found it bland so I added additional (probably doubled) salt, lime, jalapeño and garlic powder. Then it was perfect!! So good and refreshing for a summer snack!❤️5 stars

  8. Very good. I did add diced up peaches, black beans, black olives and didn’t have cilantro but added fresh basil. I used the fruit elote chips from Trader Joe’s. Will definitely make again!5 stars

  9. Very good. I did add diced up peaches, black beans, black olives and didn’t have cilantro but added fresh basil. Will definitely make again!5 stars

  10. i made this tonight for a shared dinner with my neighbor. it was super hot here in seattle, and i didnt want to heat up my kitchen. anyway, it turned out great and we both loved it. thank you for the recipe5 stars

  11. Absolutely perfect recipe! Made it for a family get together and everyone said it was delicious. I did add a little more salt and garlic powder than the recipe called for but just barely. Spend with Pennie’s is my go to and always pulls through with the best recipes ever!5 stars

  12. This dip is the only thing getting me through June 24th in the year of our Lord 2022, the day human rights were repealed at a federal level.5 stars