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Easy Cowboy Caviar Recipe (Texas Caviar)

Easy Cowboy Caviar Recipe | Easy Texas Caviar Recipe | Recipe Cover photo of bowl

Hold on to your hats, folks, because I've got a flavor-packed recipe that's sure to impress. Drawing inspiration from the bold and vibrant cuisine of the Southwest, this dish puts a unique spin on the classic Easy Cowboy Caviar. By incorporating the rich and smoky notes of Smoked Bros Light Strike seasoning, along with the fiery kick of Hatch peppers, we take this beloved dip to a whole new level of deliciousness.

The recipe begins with a combination of tender black beans, sweet corn, juicy tomatoes, and fresh cilantro, all tossed together in a tangy and slightly sweet vinegar-based dressing. But it's the addition of the Light Strike seasoning and Hatch peppers that really elevate this dish, imbuing it with a rich, complex flavor profile that's impossible to resist.

Whether you're snacking on it with tortilla chips or serving it as a side dish alongside your favorite summer grilling recipes, this Hatch Pepper and Light Strike Cowboy Caviar is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So go ahead and give it a try - your taste buds will thank you.

What is Texas Caviar or Easy Cowboy Caviar?

The origins of this recipe can be traced back to Texas in 1940, where a culinary pioneer named Helen Corbitt developed the recipe as a way to add more flavor to the traditional Black Eyed Peas dish, which is commonly eaten as a good luck charm for the New Year. With its fresh ingredients and tangy dressing, Texas Caviar has become a staple dish in the South and beyond.

So, whether you're hosting a party or looking for a healthy snack, Texas Caviar is a versatile recipe that's sure to impress. So give it a try and taste the Texas tradition for yourself!

A ceramic bowl of Cowboy Caviar with tortilla chips

What is Easy Cowboy Caviar or Texas Caviar made with?

Easy Cowboy Caviar is a bold and vibrant Tex-Mex dish that packs a punch of flavor and texture. The classic recipe includes a medley of black beans, corn (fresh, frozen, or canned), juicy tomatoes, and a colorful assortment of diced bell peppers, all mixed together with fresh cilantro and minced jalapeño pepper. The tangy and slightly sweet dressing, made from oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper, ties all the ingredients together into a harmonious flavor profile. For those who want to take it up a notch, variations of the recipe may include avocado, lime juice, garlic, or other spices that add complexity and depth to the dish. Whether served as a dip with tortilla chips, a side salad, or a topping for grilled meats or fish, Cowboy Caviar is a versatile and delicious addition to any Tex-Mex-inspired meal.

A bowl containing all the ingredients for Cowboy Caviar prior to mixing

How long does Cowboy Caviar Last?

If you're wondering how long your Texas Caviar will last, the answer lies in the fridge. Generally speaking, this dip will keep well in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. However, be warned that as time goes on, the texture of the beans and vegetables may begin to deteriorate, resulting in a mushier texture. As with many fresh dishes, it's always best to enjoy Texas Caviar sooner rather than later, while the ingredients are at their freshest.

Now, you may be tempted to freeze any leftovers for later use, but I must advise against it. Freezing Texas Caviar can significantly alter the texture and flavor, causing the dip to lose some of its fresh and vibrant qualities. Besides, this dip is so quick and easy to make that it's best to prepare a fresh batch whenever the craving strikes. So, for the best taste and texture, I recommend savoring your Texas Caviar within a few days of making it.

Easy Cowboy Caviar Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can corn, drained

  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 small red onion, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 hatch peppers, seeded and chopped *(Can subsutitue with Jalepenos)

  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar


  1. Combine the black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, red onion, bell pepper, hatch peppers, and cilantro in a large mixing bowl.

  2. Whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, and Smoked Bros Light Strike Chipotle Seasoning in a separate small mixing bowl.

  3. Pour the dressing over the Cowboy Caviar mixture and toss until well combined.

  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

  6. Serve as a dip with tortilla chips or as a side dish to your favorite BBQ meal.

Top view of ceramic bowl containing Cowboy Caviar and tortilla chips

This Cowboy Caviar recipe with Smoked Bros Light Strike Chipotle Seasoning is a delicious and flavorful twist on the classic dish. The smoky and slightly sweet flavors of the seasoning blend perfectly complement the beans, corn, and fresh vegetables, while the spice level can be adjusted to your liking. Enjoy

About the Author

At Smoked Bros, we take pride in serving craft flavors to BBQ lovers who appreciate the finer things in life. As a Special Forces veteran-owned company, we approach flavor development with the same level of precision and expertise that we utilized during our military missions, defending this great nation of ours.

Our extensive travels across the globe have led us to discover unique BBQ techniques, cuisines, and spices that we incorporate into our kinetic flavor profiles. We source only the highest quality ingredients from ethical suppliers around the world, ensuring that every flavor we produce is of the utmost quality.

At Smoked Bros, we also believe in giving back to our communities. With every purchase made, we donate a portion of our proceeds to support America's warfighters, First Responders, and underserved communities. Trust us to provide you with the best-tasting, ethically-sourced BBQ spices and seasonings that will elevate your culinary game to new heights.

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