Black Bean Salsa – A Cowboy Caviar Recipe With Versatile Variations

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Spice up your next party with this delicious and versatile black bean salsa recipe, also known as cowboy caviar. With endless variations, it’s sure to be a hit!

Black Bean Salsa is a cowboy caviar made with Italian dressing. It’s easy to make and perfect as a party dip with tortilla chips. If you want to get fancy, serve it over baked or grilled fish.

Black Bean Salsa is a cowboy caviar made with Italian dressing. It's easy to make and perfect as a party dip with tortilla chips. If you want to get fancy, serve it over baked or grilled fish.

Black Bean Salsa Ingredient List

Our Aunt Terri often brings this cowboy caviar as a refreshing appetizer to family gatherings. And it is always a crowd-pleaser! The blend of beans and vegetables marinated in Italian dressing, chili powder and cilantro creates unforgettable appetizer for any party.

  • Black beans
  • Shoepeg corn
  • Italian dressing
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Minced Garlic
  • Chili Powder
  • Tabasco
  • Diced, seeded tomato
  • Chopped onion
  • Diced pepper (red or green)

It makes a great dip for tortilla chips. Need a “healthy” game day dish to add to your table filled with chicken wings, cheesy dips and hot dogs? Mix up this cowboy caviar with shoepeg corn the morning of the big game and your guests will thank you!

But it is equally good served over grilled chicken, steak or baked fish such as our Easy Baked Tilapia recipe. Or as a topping to your favorite fish tacos! Our favorite part of this cowboy caviar with shoepeg corn is the corn itself. We love the sweet, tender corn kernels in this addicting dip.

What is black bean salsa?

Black bean salsa, also known as cowboy caviar, is a flavorful dip made with black beans, shoepeg corn, Italian dressing, cilantro, garlic, chili powder, and other fresh vegetables. It’s a versatile and delicious appetizer that can be served with tortilla chips or as a topping for fish.

The blend of beans and vegetables marinated in Italian dressing, chili powder and cilantro creates an unforgettable black bean caviar appetizer for any party.

How to Make Black Bean Salsa

Step by Step Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix corn, black beans, garlic, cilantro, Tabasco, Italian dressing, and chili powder and let marinate in the refrigerator.
  2. Right before serving, add onions, peppers, and tomato.

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for Mexican Caviar recipe, scroll to the bottom of this post to the recipe card.

The blend of beans and vegetables marinated in Italian dressing, chili powder and cilantro creates an unforgettable black bean caviar appetizer for any party.

Recipe FAQs

  • Black Bean Caviar is also known as Cowboy Caviar, Texas Caviar or Mexican Caviar.
  • Barbara used canned Shoepeg corn, but feel free to use your own freezer corn if you have it.
  • This Cowboy Caviar recipe is easily customized to suit your family’s tastes. If you (or your picky kids) don’t like onions, leave them out. Prefer red peppers over green peppers? Then use red ones instead. Don’t be afraid to substitute!
  • However, do NOT skip the marinating step. This recipe tends to get tastier over time as the dip marinates in the dressing. It is worth the wait, we promise!
  • If you are one of those folks who have that gene that makes cilantro taste like soap (this is really a thing!), then leave it out.  This Black Bean Caviar Salsa is just as yummy without it.
  • Try serving over fish like Baked Tilapia, or with your favorite variety of tortilla chips.
  • Add this to your spread of appetizers for game day or cook outs.  Try it as a condiment along side of Crock Pot Taco Soup, Easy Taco Salad or Instant Pot Taco Meat.
  • Want a puréed black bean dip? Try this simple black bean dip.
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The blend of beans and vegetables marinated in Italian dressing, chili powder and cilantro creates an unforgettable black bean caviar appetizer for any party.

What can I add to cowboy caviar?

Cowboy caviar is very versatile. Use Italian dressing as a base, and add any of these ingredients to make your own version.

  • Bell peppers (red bell pepper, green bell peppers, orange or yellow bell peppers)
  • Red, white or yellow onions
  • Any type of bean (black, red, kidney, etc)
  • Black eyed peas
  • Cilantro or Fresh Parsley
  • Chili Powder or Paprika
  • Hot sauce or Siracha
  • Avocados (stir in right before serving)
  • Canned yellow corn or shoepeg corn
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Splash of vinegar
  • Lemon or fresh lime juice
  • Cayenne pepper, ground cumin, or red pepper flakes
  • Jalapenos
The blend of beans and vegetables marinated in Italian dressing, chili powder and cilantro creates an unforgettable black bean caviar appetizer for any party.

Easy Dip Recipes for Tortilla Chips

Pantry Staples

I love using mixing bowls like these; mix the salsa, top with the lid, and refrigerate.

set of bowls

Black Bean Caviar Salsa

This Black Bean Caviar Salsa is easy to make and perfect as a party dip with tortilla chips. If you want to get fancy, serve it over baked or grilled fish.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Marinating Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black bean caviar salsa, cowboy caviar, mexican caviar, salsa with black beans
Servings: 8
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 16 oz. can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 11 oz. can Shoepeg corn drained
  • 1/2 cup bottled Italian dressing
  • 3 Tablespoons cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1 medium tomato seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 green or red pepper chopped

Instructions

  • Mix together garlic, beans, corn, Italian dressing, cilantro, Tabasco and chili powder.
    This Black Bean Caviar Salsa is easy to make and perfect as a party dip with tortilla chips. If you want to get fancy, serve it over baked or grilled fish.
  • Let marinate in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Just before serving, add onion, tomato and pepper. Mix.
    This Black Bean Caviar Salsa is easy to make and perfect as a party dip with tortilla chips. If you want to get fancy, serve it over baked or grilled fish.
  • Serve with tortilla chips or as a condiment over baked or grilled fish.
    This Black Bean Caviar Salsa is easy to make and perfect as a party dip with tortilla chips. If you want to get fancy, serve it over baked or grilled fish.

Notes

  • Black Bean Caviar is also known as Cowboy Caviar or Mexican Caviar.
  • Barbara used canned Shoepeg corn, but feel free to use your own freezer corn if you have it.
  • This Cowboy Caviar recipe is easily customized to suit your family’s tastes. If you (or your picky kids) don’t like onions, leave them out. Prefer red peppers over green peppers? Then use red ones instead. Don’t be afraid to substitute!
  • However, do NOT skip the marinating step. This recipe tends to get tastier over time as the dip marinates in the dressing. It is worth the wait, we promise!
  • If you are one of those folks who have that gene that makes cilantro taste like soap (this is really a thing!), then leave it out.  This Black Bean Caviar Salsa is just as yummy without it.  
  • Try serving over fish like Baked Tilapia, or with your favorite variety of tortilla chips. 
  • Add this to your spread of appetizers for game day or cook outs.  Try it as a condiment along side of Crock Pot Taco Soup, Easy Taco Salad or Instant Pot Taco Meat
  • The nutritional information is auto-calculated and can vary depending on the products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 355mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 436IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

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This Black Bean Caviar Salsa is easy to make and perfect as a party dip with tortilla chips. If you want to get fancy, serve it over baked or grilled fish.

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4 Comments

  1. We’ve always made something similar and called it Texas caviar. We used canned black-eyed peas instead of black beans. I’ll give this a try and see how we like it!

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