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The Perfect Cowboy Caviar Recipe

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A delicious dip, appetizer, or topping, Cowboy Caviar is bursting with fresh flavors from the garden. Featuring fresh herbs, tomatoes, bean, corn and more, this easy recipe is a great way to use up leftovers. It makes a popular potluck side dish too!
Cowboy Caviar

Last week I posted pictures of several of the food dishes we ate! One of them was this Cowboy Caviar. I love this stuff and I made it again today. I am a “by-taste” kind of cook, but today I actually measured out the ingredients so I could share the recipe with you. Here’s my version of Cowboy Caviar:

Cowboy Caviar

5 cups diced tomatoes (I like Romas)
1 chopped red onion
4 cloves crushed garlic
3 diced assorted peppers – I used 1 red bell pepper and 2 green (not quite bell – I’m not sure what the heck they are) peppers
1 bunch finely chopped cilantro
2 cups corn
2 cups black beans
1 finely chopped jalapeno pepper (I used the seeds but if you want a milder salsa, remove them first. Also, you might want to wear gloves when you chop spicy peppers so you don’t sting your eyes later…)
1 1/2 – 2 tsp salt
juice from 1 lemon

Mix everything together and let the flavors mingle in the fridge for a couple hours before you eat!I think this would also be quite tasty with one or two diced avocados, but I have not actually tried it with them.

Makes about 12 cups.

Ita-daki-masu as they say in Japan! (Similar to bon app

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About Michelle

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankCara Ivey says

    This is how we do it in Texas!! Here is my Texas Longhorn Caviar Recipe… Similar yet very different.
    We make a double batch, and cannot stop eating until it’s gone… ADDICTING!!!

    4 cups cooked black eyed peas (or 2 cans drained and rinsed)
    1 Can Rotel (I know… CANNED. But Rotel is just so good. I have made it without though! Just add extra pepper and tomato)
    5 Roma tomato (seeded and diced)
    6 Scallions thinly sliced
    4 Cloves Garlic minced
    Handful of chopped cilantro (I just use the whole darn bunch! I LOVE cilantro!!)
    1 Jalapeno minced WITH seeds. We think it needs the heat down here!!
    Juice of 1 Lime
    1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
    2 Tsp. Cumin
    Slat and Pepper to taste

    Mix all and let sit at least 30 minutes (good luck holding off a whole 30 minuts!)
    Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!!

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