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Cowboy Caviar Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Cowboy Caviar

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"Black beans absorb other flavors superbly, so try to leave this for at least 20 minutes before serving to allow the different flavors to blend together."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    40 mins


  1. Mix beans, peas, tomatoes, corn, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno peppers in a large bowl. Season with garlic salt. Add dressing and cilantro; toss to coat. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until ready to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 17, 2009

If you are fan of *bright* flavors like cilantro, drop the black eyed peas and use fresh de-seeded jalapenos. I also recommend rinsing any beans before using them for a purer flavor and less sodium. Also, Trader Joe's sells a frozen corn that is "fire-roasted." the kernels are big and striped with the roastedness. Works great in a dish like this.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 11, 2009

Didn't like this at all. Made it as directed but I should have used my own judgement and left out the cilantro and use only half the pepper and onion.

Aug 21, 2008

This is great! I added a diced avocado and left out the black-eyed peas, but threw in some extra black beans. Delicious - and a real hit at every party!

May 13, 2006

I've made this several times and EVERYONE asks for the recipe. I use green onions instead of white and I omit the bell pepper (because I don't like it.) Also Wishbone Robusto makes a great choice for teh sald dressing. A few of the other reviewers commented on it being to watery... I have found that the longer it sets the more liquid is absorbed. Tastes great with Frito Scoops!

May 31, 2007

I served this at a recent gathering at my house. It was almost gone by the end of the night - and there were only seven of us eating it! The only thing I added was the juice of one lime. It was wonderful that night, and the little bit of left over was even more delicious the next day. What a great way to get your veggies!

Sep 11, 2008

The Kraft Zesty Italian dressing and extra garlic powder really makes this salsa. When I take the time to chop peppers and onions, it is such a great gourmet salsa. My friends have raved over and over when I make this. They even request that I bring it to parties. I've added extra types beans to this as well, which makes it all the more interesting.

Jul 02, 2007

when I first read the recipe, I thought this was too simple to be impressive...but it was fantastic! I made it for a cinco de mayo party and people would not stop talking about it. (They ignored my flan and other way harder things to make!) I almost make a batch weekly over the summer - add grilled chicken or rice etc...for an entire meal. Don't go overboard on the cilantro, too much can kill it!

Jul 27, 2008

I used a bag of frozen mexican veggie mix, it was already seasoned and chopped so it made it extra easy. I left out the peppers for personal preference and used taco seasoning and garlic salt. We put the caviar in the middle of openfaced cojack cheese and bacon quesadillas. It was so good! We ate the leftovers with chips and then made more!!! It was so easy. It took like 5 minutes to make the caviar and like 10 to do the quesadillas--yummo!


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  • Calories
  • 233 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.3 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 9.1 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 7.8 g
  • 31%
  • Protein
  • 7.9 g
  • 16%
  • Sodium
  • 1255 mg
  • 50%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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