Classic Texas Caviar Recipes

Texas caviar recipes are easy and simple to prepare, the fanciest food you have ever seen, zesty corn salad with beans, bell peppers, and jalapenos with grilled meat and fish by the side of it, or heaped on top of burgers and crostini.

The first time I saw it at a birthday party, I was just looking at it all day… and then I tried it and it was mind-blowing. It is very attractive and pleasant at sight and also tastes great.


What is Texas Caviar?

Texas caviar is a very colorful dish that is fun to make and absolutely mouth watery. Texas caviar is also known as cowboy caviar. Every scoopful is yummier than the last, I love it best with tortilla chips and frosty margaritas.

Anyone can enjoy this salad with a spiffy name, and they can enjoy it in a variety of ways. I love it served with grilled meat and fish on the side. You can also heap it on top of juicy burgers for a spicy southwestern spin. Or, scoop it onto crostini for a pretty, easy appetizer.


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Texas caviar recipes


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Are Texas Caviar Recipes Healthy?

Yes, Texas caviar is healthy for you. Contains 200 calories per serving, but there are a few things to consider.

  •  The dressing has a light flavor but does not include olive oil, white wine vinegar, and honey.
  • While this salad is full of flavorful veggies, it does include black beans, avocado, black-eyed peas. None of these ingredients are necessarily ”unhealthy” but that could be up for debate depending on your plan or health goals.


Can you make Texas caviar in Advance?

Yes, you can make Texas caviar ahead of time. But you will not add avocado to it until just before you are ready to use it. Avocado can be temperamental, so the less time it’s exposed to the air before eating the better it will be.


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How long does Texas caviar last?

Once you are done preparing it, Texas caviar can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for three to four days.


How can you serve Texas caviar?

Because Texas caviar has strong flavors, your bet is to use mild flavor for dipping. Here are a few of my go-to favorites:

  • Ritz crackers
  • Tortilla chips, especially the scoops
  • Toasted pieces of bread
  • Wheat thins
  • Saltine crackers


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Can you freeze Texas caviar?

Personally, I can’t recommend freezing this cowboy caviar dip because of the avocado and other juicy vegetables. The salad tastes the same after freezing, but important water will be lost from thawing, and that will cause the texture of the ingredients in it to change.

And when it comes to salads made with fresh vegetables, the texture is the goal. So for the best result and texture enjoy your texas caviar the day it’s made.


How to make Taxas Caviar?

  1. In a small bowl, make the dressing by whisking together olive oil, white wine vinegar, chili powder, pepper, salt, and lime juice.
  2. In a very large bowl, add the black beans, black-eyed peas, Roma tomatoes, sweetcorn, green bell pepper, red onion, jalapeno, red bell pepper, and sweetcorn.
  3. Pour your dressing on top of it, then use a spatula to gently toss all of the ingredients together until they are coated in the dressing.
  4. Serve your Texas caviar with chips and enjoy your delicious salad.

Note: When making this recipe, you will need a big mixing bowl so you have enough space to maneuver and stir well. I use a 13-quart mixing bowl for this very reason.


Ingredients needed for Texas Caviar

  • 2 cups of corn (frozen or fresh, rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup of red onion (minced)
  • 1 15 oz. of canned black beans (drained)
  • 2 15 oz. of  canned black-eyed peas (drained)
  • 5 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 jalapeno (seeded and minced)
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 3 scallions (thinly sliced)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper (small diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (small diced)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes (seeded and chopped)
  • Medium avocado (chopped)
  • Tortilla chips (for dipping)
  • 1 pinch of salt (to taste)
  • 1 pinch of black pepper (to taste)


Texas Caviar Recipes

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, honey, lime juice, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, honey chili powder to taste until dressing is a smoky red color. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the black beans, black-eyed peas, sweet corn, avocado, green bell, Roma tomatoes, green bell pepper, cilantro, red bell pepper, red onion, and jalapeno. Pour the prepared dressing into the bowl, then use a spatula to gently mix ingredients and coat with dressing.
  3. Serve your Texas caviar immediately with tortilla chips for dipping.


Nutritional Estimate

  • Calories: 194 kcal
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 10mg
  • Potassium: 309mg
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Vitamin A: 470%
  • Vitamin C: 17.5%
  • Calcium: 21%
  • Iron: 1.9%


Note: Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as estimates of the correct values.



Texas caviar is also known as cowboy caviar. It is a very colorful salad with many fresh vegetables. Texas caviar is made with black beans and black-eyed peas and with different assorted vegetables like peppers, tomato, avocado, sweet corn, fresh cilantro, onion, and other ingredients.

And then topped with a homemade mild-to-spicy vinaigrette dressing. Texas caviar is very easy to make and it’s also fun. These colorful salads are very mouthwatering and taste great. It doesn’t require cooking, just mixing the ingredients and you are done with it…isn’t it perfect like that?. Just put this recipe to a try and trust me, you will so much enjoy it because it is super delicious.

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