Texas Caviar is a simple recipe for a healthy party dip that is packed full of flavor! Made with black-eyed peas, peppers, corn, tomatoes, and a tangy homemade dressing, this appetizer comes is light, refreshing, and comes together in just 10 minutes.
Sometimes referred to as Cowboy Caviar, Texas Caviar can be served as a dip with tortilla chips, a side flavorful side dish, salad, added to burrito bowls, or served as a topping for grilled meat.
Don't let the name fool you, there is no caviar in this recipe!
Texas Caviar, otherwise known as Cowboy Caviar, is made with a combination of fresh tomatoes, peppers, onions, corn, cilantro, and black-eyed peas, black beans, and a tangy dressing. It is light, refreshing, and packed full of flavor!
And because black-eyed peas are said to bring luck for the New Year, Texas Caviar is the perfect dish to include on your New Year's Eve menu.
But Texas Caviar does not deserve to only make an appearance on New Years' menus. This easy Black-Eyed Pea dip is perfect for tailgating, hanging with friends, and is also delicious served as a side salad, or used to top grilled meat.
It is a simple appetizer that comes together with just 10 minutes of prep time that always impresses.
How to Make Texas Caviar
Step One: Prepare Dressing
Some recipes for Texas Caviar call for bottled Italian Dressing, but I find that this homemade dressing is so much brighter in flavor and compliments this dish better and it only takes a few minutes to make.
- Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, honey, and seasonings together.
Step Two: Prepare Dip
- Toss the black-eyed peas, black beans, onions, tomatoes, corn, and jalapenos, and peppers together with the dressing.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour to allow the flavors to marry together.
Step Three: Serve
- Right before serving add in the chopped cilantro and toss the dip together again.
- Serve with tortilla chips, as a side dish, or on top of grilled meat. I also love to add to Bean Burritos, a Burrito Bowl, or to top Vegetarian Enchiladas with.
Recipe Tips and Notes
- While I believe the homemade dressing is best in terms of flavor, you can opt to use bottled Italian Dressing if desired. Use ⅓ cup of bottled Italian Dressing in place of the homemade dressing.
- Control the heat by omitting the jalapeno for really sensitive palates, or keep the seeds of the jalapeno to increase the heat.
- Agave syrup can be used in place of the honey, which keeps this Texas Caviar vegan friendly. Granulated sugar may also be used in place of the honey if desired.
- While Texas Caviar can be served immediately, it is really is best to refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving for the maximum flavor.
- Storing: Texas Caviar will last in the fridge for up to 4 days.
More Party Perfect Dips
- Easy Cream Cheese Taco Dip
- Homemade Salsa Recipe
- French Onion Chip Dip
- Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Easy Cream Cheese Apple Dip
- Dill Dip
- Mexican Hot Corn Dip
I hope you enjoy this simple Texas Caviar recipe and I would love for you to leave a comment and review below after you give this dish a try!
- 15 ounces black beans rinsed and drained
- 15 ounces black eyed peas rinsed and drained
- 1 ½ cups corn
- 1 bell pepper diced
- ½ cup green onion thinly sliced
- 1 jalapeno pepper seeds removed and minced finely
- 1 pint grape tomatoes halved
- ⅓ cup cilantro finely chopped
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lime juice fresh-squeezed
- 1 teaspoon honey or sugar
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon coriander
- In a small bowl whisk together oil, lime juice, vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and coriander.
- Combine black beans, black eyed peas, corn, pepper, jalapeno, onions, and tomatoes together Add in dressing toss until well combined.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
- Toss/stir well so that ingredients are well-combined.
- Before serving, add in cilantro and toss again to combine.
- Feel free to substitute white distilled vinegar for red wine vinegar.
- Agave syrup can be used in place of the honey, which keeps this Texas Caviar vegan friendly. Granulated sugar may also be used.
- If using unsalted canned beans or homemade beans, you may need to add an additional ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Taste and season accordingly.
- If using bottled dressing in place of the homemade dressing, use ⅓ cup of bottled Italian Dressing.
- Texas Caviar will last in the fridge for up to 4 days.