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Cowboy Caviar Salsa

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This cowboy caviar salsa recipe comes from my Dad’s side of the family, but I think each family has their own version. I happen to love ours. 🙂 It’s something I wish I would have thought to bring on our little Deer Valley adventure. As you already know, we are a die hard Deer Valley family. We absolutely love visiting and we are begging our readers to go too, which is paying off because so many of you have emailed (keep them coming!!) about your trip to Deer Valley.

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We went up a few weekends ago and oh my goodness it was fun! I know it’s cheesy that I always say this, but that place is magical. We are always so darn impressed with how kind everyone is. These people come from all over the world to work at Deer Valley because they love it so much. Can you believe that?! And it’s right in our backyard. I’m always a little shocked when I hear locals say that they have yet to go. Guys, take a day and get your buns up there! Even if you don’t ski there’s so much to do, but I HIGHLY recommend trying the skiing especially for your kids. You can read more about that here.

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We did everything we could up there for the weekend and that included snow shoeing. We found this awesome site called, Wasatch Guides that Matt started as a way to help people get outdoors and really experience life. He’s awesome and I can’t believe I’m going to say this as I thought I would just freeze the whole time (yes, I’ve turned into a bit of a ski bunny), but snowshoeing is awesome! You totally work yourself out and man is it beautiful!


We even had a little snow picnic which the kids thought was so fun until their little hands began to freeze. Then it was off to the slopes and at one point even snowboarding on sleds. You had to be there. I think it’s a guy thing.

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But back to the food. I love that you get that creamy coolness from the avocados with some crunch from the peppers. I love the sweet and a hint of spicy… mmmmm so yummy. And, it’s easy which is great for when you want something really tasty but you don’t have a lot of time to put something super fancy together. It’s just simple and delicious. Just how it should be.

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In fact, you could totally play around with the flavors too. Want more bite? Add a jalapeno. Want half hominy and half corn? Go for it! When are those things ever a bad thing? Never!

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Plus, with all the colors of the different ingredients it’s so pretty and doesn’t need a lot by way of presentation. We made this a little bit back for our friend’s birthday party BBQ and it’s the perfect take a long dish. You don’t have to worry about keeping it hot or decorating it etc. Just toss it all together and serve with chips. Perfect every time!

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What Is Cowboy Caviar?

Cowboy Caviar, or Texas Caviar, is a salad with black beans, black-eyed peas and a light vinaigrette-style dressing.

It is perfect as a dip, appetizer, or side-dish!

How Long Will Cowboy Caviar Keep?

Cowboy caviar will keep up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

It should be covered with plastic wrap, or placed in an airtight container.

Are Black Beans and Kidney Beans the Same Thing?

Both black beans and kidney beans are excellent sources of fiber and protein, but each are distinct from one another in

appearance, taste, and texture.

Black beans are smaller and softer than kidney beans.

Black beans have a distinctive, earthy flavor.

How Can You Tell When An Avocado is Ripe?

Ripe, ready to eat avocados may have a darker color but color can vary so it is best to go by feel as well as color.

A ripe avocado will yield to firm, gentle pressure.

It will feel lightly soft, but not mushy.

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Cowboy Caviar Salsa

4.72 from 7 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 -12


  • 1 Green Bell Pepper or red or yellow (if you double the recipe just use all three)
  • 1 Can White Corn or Hominy doubled I use both
  • 1 Can Diced Italian or Mexican Style Tomatoes
  • 1 Purple Onion diced
  • 1 Can Black-eyed Peas drained and rinsed
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 1 Can Black Olives sliced
  • 1 Bottle Italian Dressing 8oz
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 Can Diced Green Chiles small can
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 Avocado diced
  • 1/2 Bunch Cilantro


  • Mix everything, but the avocado and cilantro and let sit a few hours or overnight.
  • Before serving add avocado and cilantro and serve with chips.
  • It's delicious for eggs rancheros etc too!


store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days
Nutrition Facts
Cowboy Caviar Salsa
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 251 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Sodium 1116mg49%
Potassium 529mg15%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 473IU9%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

A bowl of cowboy caviar salsa with chips on the side

Cowboy Caviar

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  • Love your pictures, looks like you had a great time! I love this dip recipe!

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  • Only problem is I’d hog that whole big bowl for myself, I get selfish when it comes to salsa 🙂

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    • You have no idea. If I see it getting low I’m always bummed we wont have leftovers

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  • That does look wonderful! I love Deer Valley, but usually go more in the summer for the concerts…

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    • The concerts are so fun!

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  • What a fun trip! This looks delicious and healthier than many dips I have seen on the web recently 🙂

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    • I love a fresh dip for parties since most are cream cheese, cheese and more cheese. Which is great, but I need fresh too!

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  • A friend gave me this recipe. I love this so much and it is so healthy. I’m passing it on to a fellow weightwatcher friend.

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    • Thank you Debbie! My sister loves it and she does WW too!

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  • I've heard of this, and sure I've eaten something similar, but can't say that I've officially had cowboy caviar. I know I would like it. I like that it has corn in it. I like corn a lot these days.

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  • I think you are right about everyone having their own version of this dip. It is soo good though! I love it. I am going to have to give your version a try!

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  • Great protein and veggies in this one!

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