Redneck Caviar

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5 from 6 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes

Redneck Caviar has a smoky sweetness from the chili powder and the sweet corn and a slight crunch from the crisp bell peppers. It is the perfect summer side dish.

Redneck Caviar in a clear glass bowl.

This Redneck Caviar is perfect for summer cookouts and parties.  The recipe is easy to double for a large crowd and you can prepare it ahead of time – it gets better the longer it sits.  Plus, you can serve it at room temperature so there’s no need to keep it cold. But do not worry no caviar is actually in this dish.

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What We Love About This Texas Caviar Recipe

Texas Caviar as a tongue-in-cheek comparison to the pop of the expensive fish egg appetizer. An alternative name is Cowboy Caviar. Find out more about this Texas treat. Fresh veggies like the fresh tomatoes and canned veggies make this recipe a perfect blend of easy and quick.

  • 15 Minute Meal: Perfect quick meal or side dish or a great dip.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or the fridge.
  • Family Friendly: Colorful, blend of beans and crispy vegetables.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, meat free, dairy free, etc…
Close up the dip with chips.

Ingredient Notes for this Texas Caviar Recipe

  • 1 pound Roma tomatoes, ripe tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
  • Red Onion, finely diced or other sweet onion can be used.
  • Red Bell Pepper and green pepper, or orange bell pepper,1/2 cup diced
  • Corn,  canned, drained yellow corn
  • Black beans, canned drained
  • Black eyed peas, canned, drained
  • Fresh Cilantro

Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Chopped up vegetables in individual dishes for the ingredients.

Equipment Needed for Easy Redneck Caviar Recipe

How to Make this Easy Recipe for Cowboy Salad

These are the basic steps for making cowboy salsa. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information for this black-eyed pea relish.

Combining the vegetables and dressing together.

STEP 1: MAKE DRESSING

First, combine all of the vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.

STEP 2: MIX

Then add remaining ingredients to a large bowl and stir to combine.

STEP 3: CHILL

Next, pour vinaigrette over vegetables and beans and stir to combine. Finally, refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This recipe is the perfect mix of fresh ingredients and canned. Truly an easy side dish. Make it advance and chill.

HOW TO STORE THIS BLACK BEAN SALSA RECIPE

Cowboy Caviar holds up extremely well in the refrigerator for 4-5 days of refrigeration in an airtight container.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Of course, freeze it for up to a couple months in an airtight container. When you are ready to eat it, just place it in the fridge for a couple days to thaw. However, it will change the refrigerator.

Frequently Asked Questions about this Hillbilly Caviar

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT INGREDIENTS?

Indeed, a good substitute is orange bell peppers, different canned beans and fresh parsley are all good substitutes. Red wine vinegar or garlic cloves can be used too. Adjust to your personal taste.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Really it can be adjusted to fit the party that you want. Use the recipe card below and increase or decrease as you need to.

WHAT CAN YOU SERVE WITH THIS TEXAS CAVIAR DIP?

So many things can be used for dipping. For Example:
Frito Scoops
Corn Chips
Tortilla Chips
Fresh Celery
tostitos scoops

Top shot of the caviar.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add Heat: Jalapeno peppers add lovely heat to this side dish.
  • Short cut tip: Fresh Lime Juice brightens this dish.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to add fresh avocado before serving.
  • Alternate ingredient: Agave or Honey can be used in place of the sugar.
  • Alternate uses: Use on top of fish or grilled chicken.
  • Top: Top with sour cream or greek yogurt or your favorite cheese, even green onions.

What to Serve with Redneck Caviar

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Redneck Caviar in a clear glass bowl.
5 from 6 votes

Redneck Caviar

Yield: 12 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Redneck Caviar has a smoky sweetness from the chili powder and the sweet corn and a slight crunch from the crisp bell peppers. It is the perfect summer side dish.
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 11 oz canned corn, drained
  • 15 oz canned black beans, drained
  • 15 oz canned black eyed peas, drained
  • 1 cup finely minced cilantro

Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Combine all of the vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
  • Add remaining ingredients to a large bowl and stir to combine.
  • Pour vinaigrette over vegetables and beans and stir to combine.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add Heat: Jalapeno peppers add lovely heat to this side dish.
  • Short cut tip: Fresh Lime Juice brightens this dish.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to add fresh avocado before serving.
  • Alternate ingredient: Agave or Honey can be used in place of the sugar.
  • Alternate uses: Use on top of fish or grilled chicken.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 380mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 679IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: 15 minute

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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4 thoughts on “Redneck Caviar”

  1. 5 stars
    So delicious! My mom has brought this to every family gathering and potluck since I was a kid. We all love it! She calls it Kansas Caviar, though. lol

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  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

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