Cowboy (Texas) Caviar with tortilla chips and lime

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar, also known as Texas Caviar, is a simple salsa / bean salad with a complex flavor! Black eyed peas, sweet corn, and other fresh vegetables covered with an herb-lime dressing that is hard to resist. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping, or you may be tempted to eat it straight out of the bowl with a spoon!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 316kcal
Author Kelly @ trial and eater


  • 1 (15 oz. can) black beans , drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz. can) black eyed peas , drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups corn (fresh, frozen or canned will all work)
  • 1 bell pepper , chopped (any color - I used red)
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes , halved
  • 1 small red onion , diced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro , chopped (or parsley)
  • 2 ripe avocados , diced (optional)* see note
  • 1 jalapeno , diced (optional)
  • tortilla chips for serving

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (or 2 cloves garlic, minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt or more to taste


  • In a large bowl, add all salad ingredients (black beans, black eyed peas, corn, bell pepper, tomato, onion, cilantro, avocado and jalapeno (if using) and mix together. 
  • In a mason jar or small bowl, add all dressing ingredients (olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, cilantro, sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt) and shake or whisk together to combine.
  • When ready to serve, pour dressing over bean mixture and serve with tortilla chips! Leftovers will keep in airtight container in fridge for 3-4 days.


  • I wait to add the avocado until right before serving so it does not brown.
  • You can also use red wine vinegar or even regular vinegar in the dressing in place of apple cider vinegar. 


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 749mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 905IU | Vitamin C: 36.7mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 3.3mg