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Cowboy Caviar Salsa Recipe (VIDEO)

This Cowboy Caviar salsa is wonderfully fresh, healthy, simple and loaded! We make this salsa all summer long. It makes a big batch so it is an ideal summer party dip. A surprising ingredient infuses every bite with incredible flavor. This cowboy caviar (a.k.a. Texas Caviar) always disappears fast!

Cowboy caviar or Texas caviar salsa with avocado, tomatoes and beans
Annie, my classmate from nursing school, shared this cowboy caviar recipe with me 8 years ago and it has been in the regular rotation at our house ever since. It is a keeper! Watch the video tutorial and you’ll be running to the grocery store for ingredients!

Cowboy Caviar  Salsa Ingredients:

This cowboy caviar salsa is so colorful. I’ve been known to sneak in an extra avocado. Don’t be intimidated by the jalapeños – the Italian dressing mellows it out and even the kids love it!

Fresh tomatoes elevate this salsa when they are in season, but the beauty of this salsa is it can be made all-year long! During the winter months, we use canned or frozen corn and in the summer months we add freshly cooked corn on the cob.

Ingredients for Cowboy caviar

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If you want to venture out and make your own black beans, check out our tutorial on how to cook beans. We love making the full batch of beans and freezing portions in ziploc bags for various recipes.

What is Cowboy Caviar (a.k.a. Texas Caviar)?

  • Texas caviar is a salsa dip which usually has beans such as black beans or black eyed peas. We often interchange these two beans based on what we have on hand and either one works great.
  • This dip/salsa is unique because it has a vinaigrette-style dressing (we use Italian dressing to keep it super simple).
  • We always serve this with tortilla chips as an appetizer but it can be served as a topping for tacos, burritos, or served as a salad.

what is cowboy caviar

How to Make Cowboy Caviar:

Step 1: Chop the ingredients
Step 2: Mix the ingredients.

It really is that easy! To make this salsa even faster, use a food chopper like this one (Amazon affiliate link). You can make it several hours ahead and leftovers are still great the next day.

How to make cowboy caviar recipe

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Salsa recipe for cowboy caviar served with tortilla chips

Watch How to Make Cowboy Caviar:

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Print-Friendly Salsa Recipe:

Cowboy Caviar Recipe

5 from 15 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
This Cowboy Caviar salsa is wonderfully fresh, healthy, simple and loaded! We make this salsa all summer long.  It makes a big batch so it is an ideal summer party dip. A surprising ingredient infuses every bite with incredible flavor.
Author: Natasha of
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$15
Keyword: Cowboy Caviar
Calories: 149 kcal
Servings: 10 people


  • 6 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 bell bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers seeded and finely diced
  • 1 large avocado peeled, pitted and diced
  • 15 oz can corn drained (or from 1 cooked cob of corn)
  • 15 oz can black beans well rinsed and drained (or make your own)
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro About 1/2 cup chopped
  • 3-4 Tbsp  lime juice
  • 1/2 cup light Italian Dressing *
  • 4 medium garlic cloves pressed
  • 1 tsp sea salt or to taste


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine diced tomatoes, chopped onion and bell pepper, seeded and diced jalapeño, sliced avocado, drained corn, rinsed and drained black beans and chopped cilantro.
  2. Stir in 3-4 Tbsp of lime juice, 1/2 cup of Italian dressing, 4 pressed garlic cloves and 1 tsp  of salt or season to taste. Mix everything together and serve with tortilla chips.

Recipe Notes

We use either Newmans Own or Olive Garden brand light Italian dressing. 

Nutrition Facts
Cowboy Caviar Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Sodium 586mg 24%
Potassium 436mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 14.9%
Vitamin C 37.2%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Texas caviar in a bowl with avocados, tomatoes, corn, beans or black eyed peas

Have you discovered Cowboy Caviar (such a fun name for a salsa – right)? What is YOUR all-time favorite summer salsa?

This Cowboy Caviar salsa is fresh, healthy, simple and loaded! We make this salsa all summer long. Makes a big batch so it's an ideal summer party dip. This cowboy caviar (a.k.a. Texas Caviar) always disappears fast! |


Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Kathy
    April 12, 2019

    This is excellent. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 12, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Kathy! Reply

    March 26, 2019

    Great healthy appetizer that never goes to waste! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 26, 2019

      We never have leftovers! Definitely a favorite around here! Reply

  • Leanne
    March 24, 2019

    Lovely light lunch to take to work, and can be prepped ahead making it a great time saver. Very tasty and versatile as you can add extras to it liked cooked chicken. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 24, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that Leanne. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • AlethaKaren Bass
    February 26, 2019

    This is awesome! In fact, it’s really a meal in a bowl if you want it to be! Doesn’t need chips. You can add a scoop of rice to the bottom of your bowl if desired or grilled chicken to the mixture but I don’t when using this as a meal. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 26, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Pat Falk
    January 27, 2019

    I’ve made this and it’s the best cowboy caviar recipe ever – dressing is secret ingredient for sure! I wonder if you could add large shrimp to tge recipe and have as a luncheon meal – what do you think? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 28, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I haven’t tried that but I think that should work! Reply

  • Michelle
    January 26, 2019

    I just need to understand the black bean ingredient when it said. In the same sentence “black beans,( or make your own)” and I don’t understand,is there something I am missing or is that sentence misplaced? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 26, 2019

      Hi Michelle, we posted more about that within in the recipe including a link to make your own beans. You can follow that link here 🙂 Reply

  • Mary
    January 11, 2019

    Hi I’m doing a Daniel fast with my church and this would look perfect with the exception of Italian dressing since it has sugar in it and I think Parmesan cheese that I can’t have. Is there a substitute I can use? Or is it best I just wait to make it after the fast with original ingredients? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 12, 2019

      This dressing compliments the salad very well. To get the full experience you can wait or simply use a dressing that is okay to use with the fast. I’d love to know how you like that. Reply

  • January 11, 2019

    What can be substituted for the avocado? I am allergic to those, Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 11, 2019

      Hi Sharon, its near impossible to replace certain tastes and textures, we recommend testing out what suits you best or omitting that. Reply

  • Geri Ruch
    November 24, 2018

    Do you have a receipe for Sea Salt Caramels?

    I am loving all your wonderful receipes and your videos….following you daily…..thank you so much…..God Bless….. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 24, 2018

      Hi Geri! I’m so happy you are enjoying our recipes! I do not have a recipe for caramels however this caramel sauce recipe is quite popular Reply

  • Eleni
    November 21, 2018

    So delicious! The flavor. I am all about flavor. Big thumbs up. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 21, 2018

      That’s so great! Thank you for the wonderful review!! Reply

  • Angelina Naumov
    November 4, 2018

    I made this yesterday for my daughter’s birthday. It was such a hit! People loved it. Was all gone! Thank you for the recipe Natasha! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2018

      That’s so great! Thank you for the wonderful review! 🙂 Reply

  • lynne eggers
    September 13, 2018

    I love all of your recipes, but I should never watch you cook when I am hungry….I wish you lived next door!!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 13, 2018

      love this! Thank you Lynne! 🙂 Reply

  • Sharon
    August 27, 2018

    This is listed under “Paleo” recipes, but black beans are not allowed on the paleo diet. Just wanted to point that out so there is no confusion for people who are trying to adhere to that type of diet. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 27, 2018

      Hi Sharon. Thank you for sharing That with us! Our readers will find that helpful. Reply

  • tina carnahan
    July 31, 2018

    how do you come up with 38g of sugar?? Reply

    • Natasha
      July 31, 2018

      Hi Tina, oh my goodness you are right! The recipe calculator I used somehow read that as 15 oz of candy corn. Goodness gracious that is definitely wrong! I updated the recipe card. Now I’m setting off to check all of my corn recipes. WOW!! Thanks for asking 🙂 Reply

  • Peggy
    July 27, 2018

    If I didn’t want to use ready made Italian dressing, could you recommend a vinegar based dressing recipe like you mentioned in the introduction to this recipe?
    Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      July 27, 2018

      Hi Peggy, we don’t have an Italian dressing recipe posted yet, but most Italian homemade dressing would work. The clear ones are better as opposed to the creamy ones for this recipe. You could also use a lemon dressing similar to what is in this salad and that will work here and adjust the seasoning to taste. Reply

  • Nalanov
    July 12, 2018

    Just wanted to leave a recipe suggestion, I tried this pirog and it was delicious.
    Btw, my kiddos love watching your videos/bloopers can go all day watching them, often copy you when I serve them their meals saying, “time for the taste test.” 😄 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 12, 2018

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me :). I’m all smiles! Reply

  • Tammi Numata
    July 8, 2018

    I made this last night. Very delicious… So happy…… Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 8, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • janine
    July 8, 2018

    I love how this looks. I despise Kraft Italian salad dressing it tastes like chemicals to me. What Italian dressing do you use? I usually like your recipes but not sure what to do about the Italian dressing part I think it might ruin it for me anyway Reply

    • Natasha
      July 8, 2018

      Hi Janine, you can absolutely use your favorite and we don’t usually use Kraft in this recipe, but I did recommend 2 brands that we prefer in the recipe above. You can use whichever brand you prefer or normally would purchase 🙂 Reply

      • janine
        July 9, 2018

        Ah thanks didn’t see what you recommended I will give it a try Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          July 9, 2018

          You’re welcome! Reply

  • Jenna
    July 8, 2018

    Natasha! Making this for the third day in a row and I can not tell you HOW MUCH MY DAD LOVES THIS. He won’t stop raving about how fresh and healthy and all the right ingredients this is “otse same ludshe, vobshe the best” haha! Already memorized the ingredients, super easy and simple to make, I just add a little less Italian dressing and use fresh tomatoes from the garden. You’re awesome for sharing this! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 8, 2018

      That’s so awesome Jenna! I love the mix of Russian & English in the same sentence! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review with me! Reply

  • Sophie
    July 7, 2018

    Oh this looks yum, I’m very tempted to make it even though it’s winter here ☺️
    p.s it says 1 bell bell pepper in the print friendly recipe 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      July 7, 2018

      Oh oops thanks for catching that – should be 1 Red bell pepper 🙂 Reply

      • Ray McCormick
        August 2, 2018

        It’s been three weeks and the oops has not been corrected. My first time on the website and I noticed it right away.
        I have a recipe for Cowboy Caviar that I just love. Very similar to this one. I make it a gallon at a time and I live alone. My favorite vegetable dish. The recipe for the dressing is as follows:
        1/2 cup olive oil
        1/3 cup sugar
        1/3 cup white wine vinegar
        1 tsp. chili powder
        1 tsp. salt
        Love it! Reply

  • Roseline Dugas
    July 7, 2018

    Very appealing but will try later. I am still in the chicken recepies that I adore. Reply

    • Natasha
      July 7, 2018

      I’m so happy to hear you are loving our recipes 🙂 I hope you enjoy this cowboy caviar just as much!  Reply

  • Kelli
    May 9, 2018

    Just made a half portion to try before serving to a group. Definitely making this to share! Spice level was suitable for a mixed crowd. We tend to favor a bit more of a kick and will double the jalapeño in a batch for half the group. Either way, this was fresh, crisp and worthy of repeating in the future!
    Thank you, Natasha for a new go-to recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 9, 2018

      You’re welcome Kelli! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe enough to share it. Thanks for sharing your fantastic review with other readers! Reply

  • Anastasia
    August 21, 2017

    Thank you for the recipe! How long does it keep in the fridge and is it freezable? Reply

    • Natasha
      August 22, 2017

      Hi Anastasia, I haven’t tried freezing so I can’t say for sure – you might test with a small batch to see how it thaws. We have always enjoyed it fresh. Reply

      • Amanda
        August 7, 2018

        Can I make this ahead of time and keep it in the fridge? Reply

        • Natasha
          August 7, 2018

          Hi Amanda, yes it does keep for a day or two in the fridge. 🙂 Reply

  • Vanessa
    January 11, 2014

    I have a tradition with my husband, and that is making a few appetizers while we watch Sunday’s game. I have already tried one dip from this website and this will be my next recipe! I love how simple and yet delicious these recipes are. I am also making the ceviche tomorrow! Can’t wait! Reply

    • Natasha
      January 11, 2014

      Make sure to get some tobasco or hot sauce to drizzle over the top 🙂 I’m so glad you like the recipes!! Reply

      • Vanessa
        January 12, 2014

        Tanks for the recommendation! I will! Reply

  • Ann
    November 12, 2013

    If I add chick peas to this salad will the taste b the same? Reply

    • Natasha
      November 12, 2013

      Chickpeas might a little firm for this salad. It might throw the texture off a little. I’d stick with the beans. Reply

  • Looks wonderful, nothing like fresh salsa in the summer! Reply

  • July 9, 2011

    I know what you mean about nursing! I finished nursing school a few years ago, and I actually went to BYU-Idaho’s program in Rexburg and loved it! I love looking at your site–good luck with school! Reply

  • Elina
    July 5, 2011


    I made this for our 4th of July party it was awesome, everyone loved it. I’ve made couple of things from your site and everything is always delicious:)

    Thank you,

    Elina Reply

  • Joe in N Calif
    July 2, 2011

    Don’t apologize, Natalia. Life happens. If it didn’t you would have nothing about which to blog. And congratulations on getting this far in the nursing program.

    May I respectfully suggest that you change 1/2 of a cilantro bushel
    to read 1/2 of a cilantro BUNCH? A half bushel would be 4 gallons of cilantro. Other than that it sounds great, almost a cross between a traditional fresh salsa and “southern caviar.”

    Bet it would be great rolled up in a flour tortilla. Reply

    June 30, 2011

    Thanks for posting all of these recipes. I recently found your website and am really excited about it. Thanks for your hard work!!! Reply

  • olga
    June 29, 2011

    thank you Natasha for sharing your recipes with others, I like your site a lot and I just don’t know how you have time for all these – nursing school and family is a lot, but you also find time for cooking I think you just very gifted girl. God bless you Reply

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