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My Kinda Caviar (Cowboy Caviar)

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The most colorful salad you will have at your next party or barbecue! Cowboy caviar is like a mashup between salsa and beans. Salsa and beans had a baby and named it cowboy caviar because it's just so hearty and richly delicious!

I could never pinpoint the category of shows that I like to watch. I always knew I liked to watch suspenseful shows but I’m also totally into family type shows like Parenthood and This Is Us. My coworker told me about this detective show on Netflix about how a girl gets killed and they are trying to find out who the killer is. I mean, I know that sounds like the most basic detective show but I don’t know how else to describe this without giving it all away. The show is called The Killing and we are so hooked. Each night we’ve watched three episodes. Apparently it used to be an AMC show that Netflix picked up but then never added more seasons. Jennifer messaged me and said if I like The Killing then I’d love BroadChurch. Ahh I can’t wait to really start giving my Netflix account a workout. We’ve had it for a couple years but never used it much except for when we binge on certain shows.

Do you like caviar? I have never really understood the ‘hype’ of caviar. Like how ‘wealthy’ you are because you get caviar-topped something. Why is that??

My kinda caviar is this. Filled with delicious, colorful ingredients. And a fun recipe video below!

The most colorful salad you will have at your next party or barbecue! Cowboy caviar is like a mashup between salsa and beans. Salsa and beans had a baby and named it cowboy caviar because it's just so hearty and richly delicious!

A couple weekends ago, before the temperatures started to dip, we invited my parents over for dinner.┬áJason wanted to make them these BBQ ribs that he has perfected in the sous vide. Seriously, I ask him to make them all the time because they’re the best ribs I’ve ever had. We wanted to give my parents a chance to taste this amazingness.

I was racking my brain for a side dish to serve with the ribs. I didn’t want to do the same boring salad. I wanted a good, hearty side dish. In searching the internet for side dish ideas, I came across all these cowboy caviar recipes. It’s an interesting recipe because it’s not a full on bean salad but it’s also not salsa. It’s like salsa and beans got married and had a cowboy caviar baby. Maybe they named it cowboy caviar because it’s a feisty punch of flavors! Haha

The most colorful salad you will have at your next party or barbecue! Cowboy caviar is like a mashup between salsa and beans. Salsa and beans had a baby and named it cowboy caviar because it's just so hearty and richly delicious!

This is the kinda caviar that I can get behind!

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Cowboy Caviar
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

The most colorful salad you will have at your next party or barbecue! Cowboy caviar is like a mashup between salsa and beans.

Servings: 8 -10 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1: 15- ounce can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1: 15- ounce can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn, thawed
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Chopped parsley for topping, optional
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and then toss to incorporate.
  2. To serve chilled, put covered in fridge for 3-4 hours. This can be served at room temperature, too.
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Posted on October 10, 2016

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  1. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking
    10/10/2016 at 6:35 am

    Ohhh what a great video! So easy but I like how colourful and delicious it looks. Have a great week!

    • Julie
      10/10/2016 at 8:04 am

      Thank you!!! :) you too!

  2. Jenny Flake
    10/10/2016 at 10:25 am

    This is one of my favorite appetizers for a party! So so good!

  3. Heather Christo
    10/10/2016 at 12:39 pm

    I still haven’t gotten fully into fall tv- I need a new show! this salad looks awesome- great flavors!

  4. Kevin @ Closet Cooking
    10/10/2016 at 1:04 pm

    What a vibrant and tasty salad/caviar/dip!

  5. Natasha @ Salt & Lavender
    10/11/2016 at 10:40 am

    I do like caviar. I love the texture, the taste, and the way it sort of pops in your mouth. I also love the blinis and other little goodies it’s often served with (like creme fraiche, hard boiled egg, etc.). Oh and the champagne. Obviously it’s expensive, so it’s a treat that I don’t have very often at all. I like the term “cowboy caviar”… it has a nice ring to it lol… but I have to say I prefer the real deal :P

  6. Teresa
    10/12/2016 at 10:10 am

    This looks delicious I think i’ll try it with honey instead of sugar.

  7. Colleen
    10/12/2016 at 12:12 pm

    Julie – I make a similar version of this which doesn’t include the black eyed peas, but has an entire red, yellow & orange pepper, cilantro & a couple of dashes of Frank’s Hot Sauce. I always make mine the night before and let it sit for at least 8 hours. I eat it with Scoops and it’s an entire meal! Thanks for all your recipes. I really enjoy them. I will be making your Boozy Truffles soon. :-)

    • Julie
      10/12/2016 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you for the sweet comment! I hope you enjoy those truffles!

  8. Lisa
    10/12/2016 at 5:06 pm

    I make something similar with cilantro! Never thought of using parsley before. Topped with some avocado and I am bound to finish the entire bowl.

    • Julie
      10/12/2016 at 5:38 pm

      It’s great with cilantro! I just have that gene where cilantro tastes like soap to me so I always use parsley haha :)

  9. Nicole@thefieryflaca.com
    10/14/2016 at 2:26 pm

    add a jalapeno, ditch the sugar and we got ourselves a deal!
    sorry about the cilantro thing but hey there are worse things in life
    PS the killing is SICK! as in AMAZING! glad you caught on up next… True Detective (i only saw season 1) :)

  10. Amanda B. Epperson
    10/15/2016 at 11:57 am

    Hi Julie,
    Going to love this recipe. Making it today, just happen to have all the ingredients in the pantry and frig.

    My question- I just learned that I am diabetic and the doctor is going to give me the opportunity (a few weeks) to try to control with diet so that I do not have to take more than the minimal medication to control. Can you suggest from your recipe collection some low carb/ high protein selections? I have found that I am not eating to avoid eating incorrectly. Not a good idea. LOL
    Kind regards and thanks for any assistance. Amanda

    • Julie
      10/16/2016 at 10:11 am

      Hi Amanda, I’m really not an expert when it comes to dietary restrictions so I really don’t feel comfortable giving recipe suggestions that are low carb/high protein since I don’t even really know that off the top of my head! You can use the category drop down in the sidebar and maybe look for chicken, beef, pork, etc.?

  11. Shelley
    10/16/2016 at 10:40 pm

    it would be awesome if you shared your hubby’s rib recipe, too!!

    • Julie
      10/20/2016 at 12:28 am

      Good idea!!

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