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Texas Caviar Recipe (Black Bean and Corn Salsa Dip)

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Need an amazing dish for your potluck?  This Texas Caviar Recipe is always a hit! Peppers, black beans, black-eyed peas, and corn in a sweet vinegar dressing combine to make a delicious Texas Caviar Dip! (This dip is also commonly known as Black Bean and Corn Salsa or Cowboy Caviar.) 

Scroll to the bottom for a printable recipe and short video.

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Texas Caviar Dip (aka Black Bean and Corn Salsa)

I tried a version of a Texas Caviar Dip recipe for the first time at a New Year’s Eve party a few years ago.  (The black-eyed peas make it a perfect dip for New Year’s.)  I had one little nibble of the bean salsa/dip and was hooked.  Could not stay out of it!  

My friend that brought it told me it was called Texas Caviar.

Being from Texas, you would’ve thought I’d heard of this before, but … nope, never heard of Texas Caviar!

Her version was slightly different – more savory.  She used chopped tomatoes, a diced firm avocado, and bottled Italian dressing.  (If I had any avocados, I would definitely have added them.)  It was so good!  See the savory version here.

I think this sweeter version of the Texas Caviar Dip, (made with a sweet oil in addition to the vinegar dressing), is even better.  The crunchy chopped veggies absorb the sweetness of the dressing, so the longer the salsa marinates, the yummier it is.

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Texas Caviar Dip – Perfect to Prep Ahead of Time

We had a potluck scheduled with the Boy Scouts for their crossover ceremony last weekend.  The main dish was Hot Dogs and our den was assigned side dishes.  I jumped at the chance to make the Texas Caviar again.  The recipe makes a ton and is excellent for summer potlucks.  I also thought it would be a great semi-healthy complement to the Hot Dogs.  (For the adults anyway, I can’t picture a bunch of little 6, 7, and 8-year-olds eating this willingly.)

Texas Caviar Dip is always better the next day, so I got to choppin’ and prepared the dish a day early.

Well… Guess what?  (You’ve heard of Murphy’s law, right?)  My little boy came down with a terrible case of strep throat and we missed the festivities!

It’s a good thing I love this recipe because I’ve been eating it all week.  After we ran out of chips, I added it to my lunchtime salads.  (A little chicken, cheese, diced avocado, and Texas Caviar makes an excellent salad, I promise!)

Are you ready to take this to your next potluck?  You will love it, I promise!

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What exactly is Texas Caviar anyway (and how did it get its name?)

Texas caviar is a salad made with black beans, black-eyed peas, onions, and peppers in a vinaigrette-style dressing. 

The origins of the recipe is actually an interesting story…  It was developed in the 1940s by Helen Corbitt, a native New Yorker, who was challenged to make a recipe with local, Texas ingredients. She first served the recipe on New Year’s at the Houston Country Club and the recipe was later given the name Texas Caviar when she served it at the Driskill Hotel in Austin as a play on the comparison to actual caviar.  (Texas caviar is also called Cowboy Caviar.)

I’ve seen a few different versions of this recipe.  Sweet, savory, with avocados and without.  It’s quite yummy either way!  I have a savory version here.

What to Serve with Texas Caviar.

I think corn chips are the best, but this Texas Caviar makes a great side dish for burgers and hot dogs too.  I also really enjoyed adding a few tablespoons to my salads.

How Long will this Texas Caviar Recipe last?

Since this Texas Caviar recipe is not made with avocados, it will last in the fridge for 4 to 5 days if tightly covered.

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How to make Texas Caviar.

You’ll love how easy this Texas Caviar Recipe is to make.  The beans and corn are easy and you just have to chop a few veggies, though I like to cheat and purchase the pre-chopped onions.  The dressing is handmade, but you are basically bringing sugar, oil, and vinegar to a boil, letting it cool, and combining.  That’s it!

Even better, this is a great make-ahead recipe as the ingredients taste even better once the flavors have had time to come together and “marinate.”  I have included a short how-to video at the bottom of the recipe below that shows off, how easy this.


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Texas Caviar Recipe is always a hit at potlucks. Peppers, black beans, black eyed peas and corn in a sweet vinegar dressing combine to make a delicious Texas Caviar Dip! (Black Bean and Corn Salsa)


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Texas Caviar Dip (Black Bean and Corn Salsa)

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30 minutes + overnight


This Texas Caviar Recipe is an amazing potluck recipe and is always a hit. Peppers, black beans, black eyed peas and corn in a sweet vinegar dressing combine to make a delicious Texas Caviar Dip! (Black Bean and Corn Salsa)


  • 10 oz frozen corn
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Salt and pepper


  1. In a large bowl, mix together everything except the oil, vinegar, and sugar.
  2. Add the vinegar, oil, and sugar to a medium saucepan and bring it to a boil.  Remove from heat and let it cool.
  3. Add cooled oil/vinegar mixture to the chopped veggies, stir and make sure everything is well coated
  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Serve with scoop-able chips.



Adapted from food.com

Keywords: black beans, black eyed peas, texas caviar, bean salsa, appetizer


Texas Caviar Recipe (Black bean and sweet corn salsa) Absolute best side dish for potlucks!

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  1. I made this for my wine group and they absolutely loved it and I will make it again this week for a cocktail party. I couldn't print it either through Pinterest.

  2. I LOVE texas caviar. I'm going to have to tweak this and create a paleo version (I know, trends).

  3. I tried to pin this, but Pinterest said there were no pinnable images. Any ideas? If Pinterest isn't feeling helpful maybe I will just print it out. It looks delicious!

    1. That is weird! Hopefully it is just a temporary glitch!

  4. That looks so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe at the Say G’day Saturday linky party. I'd never heard of this before so really enjoyed learning about Texas caviar!

    This week’s linky party has just started so I hope you can stop by and say g’day!

    Best wishes for a great weekend,

    Natasha in Oz

  5. Yum! I've made something like this in the past but without the black eye peas…I'll have to try it! 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  6. Hi Jamie,
    Texas Caviar is a favorite here and you photos are just awesome! Hope you have a wonderful week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. This looks really good, and healthy. I'm always trying to figure out what to make to take to family functions. Something I can make in advance, because I usually have to work the day of. So this would be great. You say it's even better the next day, so that would work out great. I wonder how it would taste with jalepeno's added. Thanks for sharing! Pinning and sharing

    1. I make this with one or two chopped jalapeños (I don’t remove the seeds) and it is always a hit.

  8. This is a perfect summer potluck dish! I'll be giving this a try, thanks for sharing!

  9. I LOVE Texas Caviar! I had never tried it until I moved to Texas five years ago and I'm hooked! I'll have to try it with your oil and vinegar spin. 🙂