Cowboy Caviar

Don’t ask me why this is called Cowboy Caviar because I have no idea.  What I do know though is that it is yummy.  I got the recipe from my sister in law Jayna who fixed it for Grandma and Grandpa Wilkes’ 80th birthday party a few years ago.

It has become a favorite summer appetizer at our house, especially when tomatoes are in season.  Last summer I took it to a potluck and so did two other women.  They were all slightly different versions and I have to say – I liked this version the best.

It has a bit of chopping involved – tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and green onions but goes together quick .  I like to refrigerate it for a while before serving so all the flavors can meld together.  We used tortilla chips to dip.

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Be sure and add the avocado in right before serving so it doesn’t turn brown.  Do you have a favorite summer appetizer?

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Cowboy Caviar
  • 1 can whole corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 5 roma tomatoes, seeds removed and diced
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 bottle Kraft Zesty Italian salad dressing
  • fresh lime
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  1. Combine corn, beans, onion and cilantro
  2. Add juice of lime and dressing
  3. Just before serving add avocado
  4. Serve cold with chips
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    One of my favorite recipes! I use is as a salsa over a salad with grilled chicken, similar to Chili’s Quesadilla Explosion salad. It’s awesome!

  2. says

    I love this stuff! I make it for my whole meal with tortilla chips or cucumber slices sometimes! I was just looking to see how others made it :) Great recipe and post!

  3. Linda says

    I first ate this last year.. amazed I had never before. It took me about a week to make my ownm my spouse and I ate it until way to keep the avacado from turning is powered asorbic acid, or put lime all over the avacados. I’d never heard of this before but truly have enjoyed it since. We use it as a whole meal during hot summer days when cooking is just too hot.

  4. Joy Lohr says

    My friend makes this with tri-colored peppers (red, yellow, green) and uses a vinegar-oil-sugar dressing. It’s great with grilled chicken, fish (especially salmon) and pita chips.

  5. Judi says

    I love this…….I like mine with a kick so I add a jar of jalapenos with the juice…
    I also put in a can of kidney beans as well as the black beans…it’s great on burgers too!

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