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Cowboy Caviar in a blue bowl

Cowboy Caviar

Beans, corn, and avocados, this trio of flavor perfection is the backbone of Cowboy Caviar! Add tomatoes and cilantro, & you've got a rodeo-worthy fun time!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Cowboy Caviar, southern side dishes, texas caviar, vegetarian side dishes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 -10 servings
Calories 268kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans canned, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (17-ounce) can whole kernel corn canned, drained and rinsed
  • 3 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 2 large avocado sliced


  • In a large bowl, whisk together red wine vinegar (1 tablespoon), lime juice (4 tablespoons), olive oil (2 tablespoons), salt (1 1/4 teaspoons), and pepper (1/2 teaspoon).
  • Add black beans (2 cans), corn (1 can), tomatoes (3), red onion (1/2 cup), and cilantro (1/2 cup) and mix to evenly combine. Gently fold in the avocado (2).
  • Chill in the fridge for 1 hour to allow flavors to combine. Serve.


  1. Avocados: These yummy things are technically fruits! Does that make this a fruit salad? You be the judge! Full of good fats, avocados provide a richness of flavor and color and are surprisingly high in fiber.
  2. Fresh tomatoes: Fresh is best — especially in the summer when ripe tomatoes are bountiful! I love using standard vine tomatoes, but if you can find heirlooms they bring a delicious sweet flavor. No matter what type of tomato you use, try to remove the seeds before adding so you don’t get an overly watery dip!
  3. Corn: is a must and can be added as fresh cooked or frozen, thawed, and drained. I often add Trader Joes Brand of “Roasted Corn.” I love the added smokiness the roasting adds to the overall flavor of the dish without me having to go to any extra effort!
  4. Beans, beans: There are so many beautiful shapes and colors of beans, and they’re all super good for you, so feel free to substitute and/or combine more than one bean in this recipe. Cannellini beans or small red kidney beans both work great!


Serving: 1/8 of the recipe | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 877mg | Potassium: 781mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 534IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 3mg