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Mexican Caviar Recipe in a blue bowl with taco chips by it.

Mexican Caviar Recipe

The perfect Mexican appetizer dip or salad, Mexican Caviar is quick and easy to make. It's a healthy choice made with a variety of beans, tomatoes, chilies, fresh onions, cilantro, garlic then seasoned with cumin and lime.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appitizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 1/2 cup servings
Calories 22 kcal


  • 1 15 oz black-eyed peas can, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz black beans can, drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup cilantro fresh, chopped
  • 2/3 cup onion diced
  • 1/2 cup celery diced small
  • 2 teaspoons garlic fresh, minced
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice fresh squeezed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 10oz diced tomatoes with green chilies can, drained
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapenos optional, or use fresh diced jalapenos or diced canned green chilies


  • Place rinsed and drained beans into a large bowl.
  • Add fresh chopped cilantro
  • Add diced onions,celery, and minced garlic.
  • Next put in the red wine vinegar, lime juice, salt, cumin and sugar
  • Toss in your drained diced tomatoes with green chilies. Add your pickled jalapenos.
  • Give it a good stir, so all the ingredients are mixed well.
  • Chill for a few hours in the refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature when serving.


  • Use different varieties of beans to make this Cowboy caviar recipe. Try pinto, white beans, light red kidney beans pigeon peas, or chickpeas. Really just whatever you have on hand will work just great! 
  • Add cooked fresh corn, canned sweet corn, or shoepeg corn. 
  • Mix chopped sweet peppers in a variety of colors. You can use red bell pepper, orange bell pepper, green bell pepper, or a mixture of them all.
  •  If you like it spicy, try adding your favorite fresh pepper such as a jalapeno.  
  • Add diced avocados. 
  • Mix in some grated sharp cheddar cheese or cubes of feta cheese or queso fresco just before serving.
How To Serve
  • Serve with tortilla chips or other corn chips great for dipping.
  • Sprinkle on top of tacos.
  • Add on top of a Mexican-themed salad.
  • Add to Mexican rice.
  • Serve it up on its own as a side dish for meals.


Serving: 11/2 cupCalories: 22kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 262mgPotassium: 44mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 137IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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