I’m sharing a recipe that’s super easy to make and always a crowd pleaser: Cowboy Caviar! This zesty, colorful, and flavor-packed dish is perfect for any gathering or a simple snack to enjoy on a lazy afternoon.

Now, you may be wondering, what exactly is cowboy caviar? Well, it’s a hearty and satisfying salsa-like salad that combines the best of both worlds: beans, veggies, and a tangy dressing that will make your taste buds yeehaw with joy.

Maybe you’ve tried the Trader Joe’s Cowboy Caviar in a jar. Or the cowboy caviar recipe Pioneer woman shared? This one is similar to hers, with a few changes I’ve added to give it an extra flavor kick we really enjoy.

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Alright, let’s gather our ingredients and get started!

Easy Cowboy Caviar Recipe


  • 1 can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can of corn (drained)
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 bell pepper (diced, any color you like)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (seeded and finely diced, for that spicy kick)
  • 1/2 red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 avocado (diced, because everything is better with avocado)
  • Juice of 2 limes (freshly squeezed)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Now that we have our ingredients ready, let’s saddle up and get cooking!

1. Mix It Up In a large bowl, combine the black beans, corn, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, red onion, and cilantro. Toss them all together, and you’ll start to see that vibrant cowboy caviar taking shape.

2. Now, it’s time to whip up that tangy dressing that will bring all the flavors together. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, cumin, salt, and pepper. Drizzle this zesty dressing over the cowboy caviar mixture, and give it a good toss to ensure everything is evenly coated. Taste along the way and adjust the seasoning to your liking.

3. Finally, gently fold in the diced avocado. Be careful not to mush it up too much; we want those beautiful avocado chunks to shine in the cowboy caviar.

4.. Cover the bowl and let the cowboy caviar rest in the refrigerator for at least an hour. This allows all the flavors to mingle and dance together, creating a truly sensational taste experience.

5. After the flavors have had their time to mingle, it’s time to serve up this cowboy caviar goodness. Grab a bag of tortilla chips, scoop up a generous amount of the cowboy caviar, and let the fiesta begin! It’s also a fantastic topping for grilled chicken, fish, or even as a filling for tacos or burritos.

cowboy caviar recipe

This recipe is perfect for those hot summer days when you’re craving something refreshing and satisfying. The combination of the crunchy vegetables, creamy avocado, and zesty dressing is like a flavor explosion in every bite.