Cowboy caviar is a recipe that receives raving reviews! It’s a fresh and straightforward dip that can be easily prepared in less than 15 minutes. This recipe serves as an excellent accompaniment to any picnic, potluck, or party. Additionally, it’s a fantastic way to utilize your summer produce!
Ingredients For Cowboy Caviar
Sugar: The recipe I’m sharing is the one that my family uses, however, it does contain a significant amount of sugar. You’re welcome to lower the sugar amount or even remove it altogether. To lessen it, you can mix the dressing with only one tablespoon of sugar initially, give it a taste, and adjust accordingly.
White wine vinegar: You could also swap out the vinegar for apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, or even lime juice as a substitute. Although it alters the taste, it doesn’t negatively impact the dish.
Extra sweet “shoepeg” corn: You can replace the extra sweet corn with regular canned sweet corn or frozen corn. The recommended quantity for either option is ¾ cup, but you may also use the entire 15-ounce can of corn if desired.
How to make Cowboy caviar?
To prepare the dressing, whisk together olive oil, sugar, white wine vinegar, chili powder, and salt to taste (I prefer 1 teaspoon) in a small bowl.
Combine diced tomatoes, black-eyed peas, black beans, sweet corn kernels, chopped red onion, sliced bell peppers, and freshly chopped cilantro in a spacious mixing bowl.
Drizzle the dressing over the mixture and stir to combine. Cover the bowl and chill until it’s time to serve.
My Best Tips
- Let it chill. The cowboy caviar dish is delicious immediately, but its taste improves significantly after refrigeration for an hour or two. It is recommended to cool the dip for a few hours before serving to enhance the fusion of flavors if time allows. This recipe is ideal for advanced preparation, as it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days, making it perfect for gatherings or meal prepping for the week’s lunches.
- Give it a good stir before you eat. For optimal taste, it’s recommended to give the Texas Caviar a good stir just before serving. This is because the vegetables will release their juices over time, causing much of the dressing to settle at the bottom of the bowl. By stirring, the dressing will evenly coat all the veggies and beans, resulting in a delicious and well-balanced dip.
- Add the avocado at the last minute. To maintain the vibrant color and rich flavor of the avocado, it’s best to add it to the recipe just before serving. This is especially important if you’re preparing the dish ahead of time, as no one wants to see brown avocado. So, be sure to fold in the avocado at the last minute to ensure that it looks and tastes its best.
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Questions and answers about the Cowboy caviar recipe
Although I usually present my country caviar as a dip, on occasion I enjoy incorporating additional ingredients to transform it into a heartier meal. The possibilities for tailoring this dish are endless!
Protein: Add 1 1/2 cups of diced cooked chicken or small shrimp and mix well, then serve as a salad.
Bacon: Add 1/3 cup of cooked crumbled bacon just before serving and mix it in.
Spicy: Retain a few of the seeds and ribs inside the jalapeno and introduce a hint of hot sauce into the dressing.
Cheese: Include 1/3 cup of crumbled feta or cotija cheese.
Vegetables: You can enhance the medley by incorporating other vegetables such as grilled zucchini, poblano peppers, or cucumbers.
What Do You Serve with caviar cowboy?
You can enjoy your caviar cowboy in two delicious ways: as a flavorful bean salad or as a dip paired with sturdy tortilla chips. This recipe happens to be both vegan and gluten-free, making it an inclusive party favorite. Additionally, it makes for a fantastic healthy snack option that can be stored in the fridge and maintains its freshness for several days.
Caviar cowboy can be enjoyed for lunch alongside a sandwich or quesadilla, and it also makes for a delicious breakfast when paired with scrambled or fried eggs and a warm tortilla.
Transforming this dip into a green salad is also possible, simply by placing it on a bed of lettuce. To give it an extra zesty flavor, include a squeeze of lime, crumbled feta, and a sprinkle of crushed corn chips or toasted green pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas.
Can You Freeze Texas Caviar?
Freezing Texas caviar with avocado is not recommended, but if you leave out the avocado, it can be frozen without any issues. Simply store it in a container that is safe for freezing, and it will remain fresh for up to two months.
How do you store Cowboy caviar?
To ensure maximum freshness, it is advisable to store homemade cowboy caviar in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a period of three days. Freezing this dish is not recommended, as certain ingredients may not freeze well.
How long is caviar safe to eat?
Caviar can be safe to eat for several weeks if properly stored at temperatures below 39°F (4°C) in its original, sealed container. Once opened, it should be consumed within a few days to maintain its quality and freshness. However, it’s always recommended to check the expiration date on the packaging and follow any storage and usage instructions provided by the manufacturer.
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For the dressing:
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup granulated sugar or to taste (see note 1)
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar (see note 2)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
For the vegetables:
- 1 pound Roma tomatoes seeded and diced
- 15 ounce black-eyed peas drained and rinsed
- 15 ounce black beans drained and rinsed
- 11 ounce sweet corn drained (see note 3)
- 1 red onion diced
- 1 green bell pepper diced
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 1 cup fresh cilantro or fresh parsley, chopped, from 1 bunch
- To prepare the dressing, combine olive oil, sugar, white wine vinegar, chili powder, and salt (preferably 1 teaspoon) in a small bowl and whisk together.
- Place tomatoes, black-eyed peas, black beans, corn, red onion, bell peppers, and cilantro in a sizable bowl. Add the dressing, then mix well to combine. Chill in the refrigerator until it's time to serve.