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This Texas Caviar (aka Cowboy Caviar)loaded with black-eyed peas, corn, tomatoes, peppers, and tangy lime dressing makes the best salad, dip, or side dish.

15+ New Years Eve Appetizers, Cocktails, & Desserts - Texas Caviar Recipe (A Reader Favorite)

This Texas Caviar recipe is a reader favorite during the New Years Eve celebrations. I think it is mostly because it uses black eyed peas in the recipe, comes together easily, and feeds a small crowd.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 443kcal


For The Dressing:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika sweet or hot
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced

For The Caviar Dip:

  • 1 15 oz. can black beans drained and rinsed*
  • 1 15 oz. can black eyed peas drained and rinsed*
  • ½ cup whole corn kernels I used canned corn but drained it first
  • 3 scallions both white and green parts are chopped
  • cup red onion chopped finely or diced
  • 3 small bell peppers chopped approx. ¼ cup
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes sliced thinly
  • ½ ripe avocado cut into small cubes
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro rinsed and chopped

To Serve With (Optional)

  • Your favorite hot Sauce
  • Tortilla Chips


  • To make the dressing: Whisk together the oil, lime juice, ground cumin, smoked paprika, salt, honey and garlic. Set it aside.
  • For the Texas Caviar dip (or salad): Place, black beans, black eyed peas, corn kernels, scallions, red onion, bell peppers, jalapeno pepper, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and fresh cilantro in a bowl.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad. Give it a gentle mix.
  • Taste for seasoning and add in if necessary.
  • Add in a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce (if using) and serve with tortilla chips.



Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 886mg | Potassium: 994mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1201IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 6mg