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Vegan Cowboy Caviar

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Cowboy caviar or texas caviar, whatever you call it, is delicious! It whips up quickly, bursts with flavor, and is an excellent addition to any party. It’s made with a mixture of beans, fresh herbs, tomatoes, corn, and a tasty vinegarette.

Vegan cowboy caviar

Vegan Cowboy Caviar dip is one of my favorites!

Sometimes I end up eating it with chips for a meal; it’s that good and filling.

It has unique flavors that result in a burst of flavor in your mouth.

I love to bring this easy dip to parties or potlucks; it’s always a big hit.

It’s the perfect potluck food because;

  1. it tastes delicious
  2. it’s super easy to make
  3. people will be impressed.
  4. it’s naturally gluten-free

The colors make it a super pretty dish, and it’s gluten-free for those who need that.

This simple dip is just too good.

It’s always nice to have a go-to recipe when you have to bring something to a get-together.

It contains black-eyed peas, which helps in the unique flavor profile.

Plus, I almost always serve this on New Years’ Eve.

Did you know it’s considered good luck to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Eve?

This is the only recipe I actually have ever used black-eyed peas in.

Vegan cowboy caviar is great to bring camping. It holds up well in a gallon zip lock bag, and it’s such a treat to have.

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Recipe FAQS-

What is cowboy caviar made of?

Cowboy caviar is an easy recipe that can be made quickly with beans, tomatoes, corns, seasoning, and a delicious vinaigrette.

It’s a great side dish or dip.

Why do they call it cowboy caviar?

Cowboy caviar or Texas caviar was first served in Texas in the 1940s by a lady named Helen Corbitt. Helen worked for the Houston Country Club

and served it to her guests for the New Year’s Eve party. Black eyed peas are often served on NYE for good luck.

Later it was served at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas, and it’s there they named it Texas Caviar as a joke to real caviar.


“Texas Caviar.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 21 Dec. 2020, 

Can you use any bean for this texas caviar recipe?

You can, but I would stick to the black eyed peas and black beans.

I think that’s the best combination for this particular recipe, but if you want to sub different types of beans, that’s up to you.

Also, black eye peas are in the original recipe, so you don’t want to omit them.

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How do you serve vegan cowboy caviar?

My favorite way is as a dip with tortilla chips. But it also goes great on a taco or burrito.

Can I use fresh tomatoes?

Yes, I prefer to use canned tomatoes only because fresh tomatoes aren’t my favorite. 

I know, I know, most people love fresh tomatoes.

But feel free to sub in fresh tomatoes if you prefer.

What ingredients do you need for vegan cowboy caviar dip?

For the ingredient, amounts check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

All simple ingredients

Bean salad recipe ingredients-

  • black-eyed peas
  • black beans
  • sweet corn (canned corn or fresh corn)
  • petite tomatoes, canned ( or Roma tomatoes if you want fresh)
  • fresh cilantro
  • green onions
  • avocado

Simple vinaigrette ingredients-

  • olive oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • tablespoon lemon
  • hot sauce
  • cumin
  • salt
  • garlic

How do you make this vegan cowboy caviar recipe?

Get a colander, strain, and rinse the beans and corn. Then add the tomatoes to the strained beans and let them sit while you prepare the dressing.

Take a small bowl or liquid measuring cup and mix all the vinaigrette dressing ingredients together.

Put the strained bean mixture into a large bowl, pour the dressing over, and stir. 

You can then put this in the fridge, covered to marinate the flavors.

For the best flavor, you can let the salad rest until the next day or for a few hours if that’s all you have time for.

Add the chunks of avocado before serving. 

Serve with corn chips.

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How do you store this vegan party dip?

This is best stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. 

After four days, the fresh ingredients can get less appealing.

Can you freeze this?

It wouldn’t taste very good frozen.

Want some other delicious vegan appetizers?

Vegan Cowboy Caviar

Print Pin Rate
Prep : 10 minutes
Cook : 0 minutes
Resting time: 20 minutes
Total : 30 minutes
Servings: 8 As a dip


  • 1 can black-eyed peas
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can petite tomatoes drained
  • 2/3 cup cilantro chopped
  • 2/3 cup green onion chopped
  • 2-3 whole avocado chunks


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cloves garlic


  • Strain and rinse the beans and corn. Then add the tomatoes to the strained beans and let sit while you prepare the dressing.
  • Mix all the dressing ingredients together
  • Put the strained bean mixture into a large bowl, pour the dressing over, and stir. You can then put this in the fridge to marinate the flavors. Add the chunks of avocado before serving. Serve with chips.


See the blog post for recipe Q&As


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 682mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 2g
Course: Appetizers + Snacks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: cowboy caviar, gardners salsa dip, texas caviar, vegan cowboy caviar, vegan dip, vegan potluck recipe, vegan summer recipe, vegan texas caviar
Author: Courtneys Homestead
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