Cowboy Caviar is the Dip You Need

This cowboy caviar is the perfect dip to enjoy with tortilla chips. Loaded with fresh ingredients including corn, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, and black eyed peas, it makes a great appetizer or game day snack.

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I first tried this dip paired with tortilla chips years ago on a family trip to Arizona. It is one of those dips that once you start, you can’t stop until the bowl is gone! The flavors are so fresh, it has a perfect combo of textures, the red wine vinegar dressing gives it a punch. It is best to enjoy within a day or two of making, before the fresh avocado browns too much for oxidation.

ingredients for cowboy caviar

Ingredients for Cowboy Caviar

corn adds a nice crunch. I used fresh corn, but you can also substitute with canned corn when it is not corn season.

garlic minced adds a nice flavor base.

tomato cut into bite-sized chunks. I used an heirloom tomato from my garden.

green chiles drained and added for some subtle sweet and smokey flavor. I like to purchase the Fire Roasted Diced Green Chilies from Trader Joe’s.

black eyed peas which are actually beans, have a nice earthy flavor. If you don’t like black eyed peas or can’t locate this variety, you can also substitute with black beans.

cilantro adds a ton of flavor!

avocado is added for creaminess, make sure to use avocados that are ripe.

dressing is made of salt, pepper, cumin, olive oil and red wine vinegar.

cowboy caviar ingredients

How to Make Cowboy Caviar

First, prepare ingredients by cutting corn off the cob, mincing the garlic, cutting the tomato, rinsing and draining black eyed peas, draining green chiles, rinsing and chopping cilantro, cubing the avocado, and measuring the dressing ingredients.

Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine. Chill until you serve, this dip is best served fresh and eaten within a day or two. Serve with tortilla chips.

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cowboy caviar dip
5 from 12 votes

Cowboy Caviar

This is the perfect dip to enjoy with tortilla chips. This is a great appetizer or game day snack.

Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword avocado, black eyed peas, cilantro, corn, dip, red wine vinegar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 191 kcal


  • 1 cob corn kernels cut off of the cob
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 4 oz can green chilies drained
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 can black eyed peas drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 avocados cut into bite sized chunks
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar


  1. All ingredients to a large bowl, and gently mix to combine.

    cowboy caviar ingredients
  2. Serve as a dip with tortilla chips.

    cowboy caviar with tortilla chips

Recipe Notes

This recipe can be made a few hours ahead of time, simply cover and store in the refrigerator.

Any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate. The nutritional labels are a product of online calculators such as (but not limited to)   Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered only as estimates. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe.

Nutrition Facts
Cowboy Caviar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Sodium 265mg12%
Potassium 353mg10%
Fiber 4.5g19%
Sugar 1.1g1%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. 5 stars
    Wow that looks loaded with flavors..can’t wait to try this out

  2. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry says

    5 stars
    This looks like such a tasty dip! Definitely want to dip some tortilla chips in this.

  3. 5 stars
    I loved this! It tastes so fresh. Great to just eat with a spoon, too!

  4. 5 stars
    This is one of my FAVE recipes! I’m completely addicted.

  5. 5 stars
    I think I’ve found my new favorite dip! I will be making this as soon as I pick up the ingredients and can’t wait to enjoy the deliciousness!

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve never even heard of cowboy caviar, and clearly I’ve been missing out! This dip looks delicious!

  7. 5 stars
    This dip looks delicious especially with all the fresh ingredients! I love that it uses beans and makes for such a filling dip!

  8. 5 stars
    Whoaaaa Emily…this cowboy caviar is absolutely delicious! I’m having a hard time to stop munching on these and it’s perfect for a side dish or snack, too.

  9. 5 stars
    Cowboy Caviar is a religion here in Texas. I haven’t made it yet, but I think, with this recipe, I’ll be taking home the blue ribbon at the next cook off.

  10. 5 stars
    So many delicious ingredients in one dip! I wouldn’t be able to stop until the entire bowl was empty!

  11. 5 stars
    Wow, such a delicious, healthy and easy dip to make for our nachos day. Love it and thankful to see your recipe.

  12. 5 stars
    I haven’t come across Cowboy Caviar before, it looks delicious, I love how chunky it is.

  13. 5 stars
    Loving the sound of this. I’ll make some tonight to go alongside the burgers I’m making.

  14. 5 stars
    I just love the name ‘cowboy caviar’! This version looks so fresh and full of flavour. Such a delicious snack or appetizer!

  15. 5 stars
    This is such a great cowboy caviar dip! I love how fresh and delicious it came out and it disappeared at my table. So good!

  16. Sondra Barker says

    5 stars
    So many flavors!! this looks absolutely delicious and perfect for a family summer bbq!

  17. 5 stars
    This dip has such a perfect combination of flavors and textures! Though I enjoy black beans, I love how the black-eyed peas keep the caviar in a lighter color range.

  18. 5 stars
    Cowboy Caviar is one of my favorite dips to use for parties. I’m really liking your take on this recipe! I need to make this version next time!

  19. 5 stars
    A great dip with full of flavors. I just need some tortilla chips. Yummy

  20. 5 stars
    Cowboy Caviar is the perfect summer side dish. It’s refreshing and light in the heat of the summer. Though, I could eat it any time of the year!

  21. 5 stars
    What a super delicious and healthy appetizer! This dip is so easy to make, too. Everyone absolutely loved it and I can’t wait to make it again!

  22. 5 stars
    I love this kind of dip! So tasty and so easy to make. Best of all I love that this can be made ahead!

    • Thanks Gail! Yes, if you make ahead I would recommend waiting to add the avocado and cilantro until right before serving for extra freshness!

  23. 5 stars
    I love legumes based dips and salad. This one has black eyed peas and they are my favorite. Love all the refreshing ingredients in this cowboy caviar. Wonderful dip for sure!

  24. 5 stars
    This cowboy caviar looks amazing and perfect for a quick and healthy meal or side dish! I would love to make this as a healthier snack option rather then being tempted to eat other things, this beats everything in mind! Thank you for sharing this recipe, I cannot wait to try it.

  25. 5 stars
    I just loved all the ingredients you used in this recipe. Such a flavorful and delicious dip.

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