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Texas Caviar

Serve this Texas Caviar for a satisfying salad or scoop it up with tortilla chips for a healthy, flavorful dip. It’s a crowd pleasing side dish recipe that comes together in just minutes!
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Cowboy Caviar, Texas Caviar, Texas Caviar Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Cooling Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 24 (¼-cup servings)
Calories 74kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (11 ounce) can corn, drained
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • ¼ cup sweet onion, diced
  • Optional garnish: fresh cilantro, fresh parsley, squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • For serving: pita chips or tortilla chips


  • In a saucepan, whisk together vinegar, oil, sugar, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat and cool completely (at least 30 minutes).
  • In a large bowl, combine black-eyed peas, corn, bell peppers and onion. Add cool dressing and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours (or overnight).
  • Drain off any excess dressing just before serving.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs or lime juice, if desired, and serve with pita chips or tortilla chips.


  • This Texas Caviar recipe uses apple cider vinegar, but you can substitute with regular white vinegar in a pinch.
  • The Cowboy Caviar dressing is made with vinegar and sugar. You can increase or decrease the amount of sugar in your dressing, to taste. As written, this is just a slightly sweet dressing – it’s not overpowering.
  • Make Texas Caviar with Black Beans: you can substitute black beans for the black eyed peas in this recipe. If you like, try a combination of both black beans and black eyed peas by using 1 can of each!
  • Prepare Cowboy Caviar with Avocado by adding diced avocado to the salad just before serving.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro, sliced green onion, fresh parsley, or a squeeze of fresh lime juice.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.7mg