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This Cowboy Caviar is such a tasty and easy chip dip, like guacamole but with more textures and flavors. It is also great used as a salsa on tacos or other Mexican dishes.
There are few things that hit the snacking spot like a big pile of chips and something yummy to dip the chips in. Of course, chips on their own are great too. But whether it is salsa, bean dip, warm cheese, it makes those crisp, corn chips even more delicious.
That’s where this Cowboy Caviar comes in. It’s so simple! We make a big batch of this for game days, potluck parties, or movie nights and it’s always the first bowl cleaned out! It’s perfect to make ahead of time and let all the ingredients get to know each other in the bowl. And, not to get all mathematical, but the flavors of the black beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and lime all meld together to create a whole even greater than the sum of its parts.
What to Serve with Cowboy Caviar
Serve with a giant pile of your favorite chips (regular or gluten-free) or use a scoop or two as a salad topping with some olive oil and red wine vinegar to make a simple vinaigrette.
This is the kind of dip that is best served fresh. If you do make it in advance, don’t give it more than a few hours to sit. Otherwise you risk the avocados turning a little brown.
Additions and Substitutions
This Cowboy Caviar recipe (or Texas Caviar as it’s also called) is great all on its own. But it’s always so great to see how readers have adapted or enhanced recipes to fit their family’s tastes. In the case of Cowboy Caviar, there are several things you can try.
- Roasting corn kernels before adding it gives a new flavor to this dish.
- Using fresh cobs of corn is a perfect way to use up summertime produce. Cut the fresh corn kernels off the stalk and roast or add in fresh.
- Some people like to add diced red onions to the mix.
- A little cumin, chili powder or red wine vinegar can add a unique flavor
- Substitute black beans for pinto beans, or black-eyed peas.
- Add any veggies you like! Try some red, green or orange bell pepper, green onions or diced garlic.
Pass the Dip, Please!
While we are on the subject of dips, there are so many kinds to try. Check out some of our more of our popular dips and salsa recipes.
More Mexican Fare
This Cowboy Caviar can be used in a bunch of different ways. But if you’re cooking up some great Mexican dishes, like our Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Beef, or the tasty Mexican Lasagna, consider adding Cowboy Caviar and chips on the side.
How To Make Cowboy Caviar
guacamole feel, but I like it better. It is also great used as a salsa
on tacos or other Mexican dishes.
- Drain and rinse beans and corn in a colander.
- Dice Roma tomatoes and avocados.
- Rinse, stem, and chop cilantro.
- Toss everything together in a large bowl with lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with tortilla chips.