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Cowboy Caviar served with a wooden spoon with chips.

Cowboy Caviar

Whether you call it Cowboy Caviar or Southern Caviar, we can all agree that it's out of this world delicious! This classic recipe is full of fresh ingredients and vibrant flavors, plus it only takes 5 minutes to prepare. Whether you're looking for a new topping to liven up Taco Tuesdays or an easy to make appetizer for casual entertaining, you've come to the right place!
Prep Time 5 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6



  • 2 cans Black-eyed peas - drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Whole kernel corn - drained or 1 ½ cups of thawed frozen corn
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies  - do not drain
  • 1/2 cup Fresh jalapeño peppers - minced
  • 1/2 cup Onion - minced
  • 1/4 cup Chopped cilantro - can substitute Parsley
  • 1 cup Italian dressing
  • Juice of one Lemon
  • Pinch of Salt


  • Begin by adding black eyed peas, corn kernels and rotel tomatoes and chilies to a large mixing bowl. Stir all those tasty ingredients together until well combined.
  • To the black eyed pea mixture, add your minced jalapeño peppers, onion, cilantro, italian dressing, lemon juice, and salt.
  • Mix the cowboy caviar until all of the ingredients are equally distributed, then place the bowl into the fridge for an hour to allow all the flavors to marry.
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