This Cowboy Caviar recipe with black beans and corn is from the 1940s and a favorite at social events across the Southwest. Some version seems to always show up at potlucks, dinners, or gatherings everywhere. The bowl is usually empty by the end of the event.
It is a great way to incorporate fresh vegetables and beans into your diet, dressed up with a sweet, spicy dressing and crunchy chips. This will surely go in your favorites for parties and get-togethers. It's a great appetizer.
Cowboy Caviar Recipe
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
1 green bell pepper -chopped
1 red bell pepper - chopped
1 can of Black beans
1 can of Black eyed peas
½ cup Cherry tomatoes - halved
¼ cup Cilantro - washed and chopped fine
½ cup of frozen corn
2 cloves Garlic - minced
2 Limes - squeezed for the juice
1 Tablespoon of Lime, zest
½ of a Red onion - chopped
3 green onions - chopped
½ cup of Olive Oil
¼ cup of Honey
2 Tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of coarse ground garlic salt
1 teaspoon of seasoned pepper
½ teaspoon of Paprika
1 teaspoon of Cumin
1 teaspoon of Chili powder
Tortilla chips for dipping
MIX THE INGREDIENTS FOR THE COWBOY CAVIAR:
In a large bowl, mix chopped green pepper, chopped red pepper, black beans, black-eyed peas, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, corn, garlic, red onion, green onion, squeezed juice from the limes, and lime zest. Mix all ingredients until well blended. In a separate bowl, mix olive oil, honey and sugar, garlic salt, seasoned pepper, paprika, cumin, and chili powder, until well blended. Pour dressing over vegetables and beans, and toss to coat, making sure all ingredients are well blended. Serve with Tortilla chips, and enjoy!
My family loves the black bean and corn Cowboy Caviar! The cool thing about the recipe is that you can adjust the vegetables and the spices to your liking.
Sometimes I double the black eyed peas and leave out the black beans. I also throw in a little more chili powder.
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen specializes in painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home decor. She founded the home decor blog PetticoatJunktion.com in 2011, where she shares her expertise on furniture painting and upcycling found items.