Mexican Style Cowboy Caviar

Being a Mexican food lover, I created a new recipe that I am calling Mexican Style Cowboy Caviar!  I took an old recipe I found online for Cowboy Caviar and “Mexicanized” it!!

If you have never had Cowboy Caviar, it is a mix of corn, beans, tomatoes and other veggies that make a great chip dip or can just be eaten as a dish by itself.

Mexican Style Cowboy Caviar

Mexican Style Cowboy Caviar


  • 1 medium to large ear of corn, decobbed
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1/3 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 2/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • scant 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. salsa seasoning (or taco seasoning)
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ to 2/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup picanta sauce (optional)
  • 2 ripe avocados, diced (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients, adding avocados last, and toss gently.
  2. Serve with chips or with green salad.

Like most Mexican style recipes, this is very versatile.  For instance, I did not have avocados, so I left them out (and it still tasted good).

The original recipe calls for black-eyed peas rather than black beans, but I would think any of your favorite beans would work.

Black olives would also taste good in this dish.

What would you add to the recipe??



  1. Ping from Sandy:

    Just to share how versatile this recipe is, someone brought it to our church potluck on Sunday. Her batch contained a mix of black beans, black eyed peas, garbanzo beans and a white bean. She also added carrots and tomatoes. Did not make it Mexican style like my recipe, but it was still delicious!!

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