Up your snack game with this quick and colorful recipe for Texas Caviar that can be a dip, a salad topping, a taco filling and more.

A white bowl with Texas Caviar on a plate containing tortilla chips

Texas Caviar and I go way back, back to my elementary school days when summer nights were spent at our local beach club. And this quick-fix dip was a staple alongside the good ol’ seaside barbecue classics.

A quick search of “Texas Caviar” (a.k.a. Cowboy Caviar) on the Interwebs will lead to many a variation of this recipe. My family has always gone for the rainbow-inspired version, sneaking in veggies of every color to round out the bowl. Jalapeño provides an optional kick, but it’s easily omitted for those who prefer their caviar sans spice.

So just how can one use this versatile, veggie-packed recipe? It’s most famously served as a dip alongside crunchy tortilla chips, but my family loves it atop all types of salads 365 days a year, and especially as a topping on my mom’s famous flank steak tacos. Tune in below for the ultimate take on this family-friendly recipe!

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Texas Caviar

Up your snack game with a quick and easy recipe for Texas Caviar that can be a dip, a salad topping or a taco filling!
4.95 from 18 votes
A white bowl with Texas Caviar on a plate containing tortilla chips
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 (15-oz.) can black-eyed peas
  • 1 (15-oz.) can black beans
  • 1 (15-oz.) can corn, drained
  • 1/4 cup small diced jalapeño
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Drain and rinse the black-eyed peas and black beans and combine them in a large bowl with the drained corn.
  • In a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, vegetable oil, water, sugar, salt and pepper. Simmer the mixture for 3 minutes then remove it from the heat. 
  • Add the jalapeño, red onion and chopped peppers to the bowl of vegetables then pour in the dressing and stir until well-combined. 
  • Serve the Texas Caviar immediately or cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before serving. 
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Calories: 175kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Sodium: 295mg, Potassium: 101mg, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 540IU, Vitamin C: 32.3mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.3mg

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    1. Definitely! They have varying degrees of sweetness, so I’d start with 2 teaspoons honey and go from there based on your taste preferences.

  1. I made this recipe and my family enjoyed it I’m addicted now. I’ve made a second batch. Love, love! I’m making this for Super Bowl.

  2. 5 stars
    Loved it. Great New Years dish but so good I will make all year as it’s a great way to get my veggies in. We even topped nachos with the mixture—amazing!!!

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious on top of being easy to make! The only I had is a touch of Sriracha powder and a hint of cilantro!

  4. 5 stars
    I love this recipe ! It reminds me of a butcher shop/ bbq place I use to work at they served this as a side . The recipe was always a secret only one person made it each time . The ingredients are so simple and easy and taste even better ! I substitute olive oil Extra light taste For the vegetable oil .
    Thank you so much for sharing !

  5. 5 stars
    We love it! I use EVO and substitute Splenda for some of the sugar. Enjoy with no guilt! Thanks for sharing.

  6. 5 stars
    This was exactly what I was looking for, sooooo good. (I used to buy “Cowboy Caviar” at Costco, which I would just spoon straight from the container into my mouth, LOL.) This tastes even better, with the fresh crunchy vegetables. The recipe makes more than my family will eat, so I will freeze some for later. Thank you!!!

  7. 5 stars
    Delicioso! My husband says it is amazing and I have to gree. This recipe has the right combination of heat, sweet and and texture!!!

  8. I’ve made the Texas caviar 3 times this summer. All for dish to pass BBQ’s.so easy and delish! Used tiny tortilla shells (cut from large ones) baked in tiny muffin tins. Filled them with TC, onto a serving tray…whaLah!
    Thanks for the recipe! Erin

  9. We love quite a few of your recipes.
    We’ve used a similar recipe for years called Cowboy Caviar. I was looking for a way to incorporate beans and peppers when I ran across your web site.
    Maybe I haven’t seen it yet, but am also looking for a recipe for an alternative “ dressing “ recipe using the same ingredients without the sweetness. Closer to a fresh salsa.
    Thank you
    Lori W

    1. Hi Lori – I don’t at this time but I’ll add it to my recipe development list! And I’m so glad you’re enjoying Just a Taste :)

  10. 5 stars
    I love all your recipes. I became vegetarian about 6 months ago and have been looking for easy delicious recipes. Thank you so much!!

  11. 5 stars
    This is my go-to recipe for game day parties. Everyone raves about it, and the best part is that it’s so easy to whip up!