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Cowboy salsa (aka cowboy caviar)

2013 May 8
by Emily Hill

This cowboy salsa (aka cowboy caviar) recipe needs no introduction, but if it did, this is what I would say:

It’s like crack.


Cowboy salsa (aka cowboy caviar)

I took my friend Kim’s recipe and threw in a ripe California avocado to make it even more addictive—not that it needed any help.

You can serve this cowboy salsa with your favorite tortilla chips (our current favorites are On the Border Cantina Thins and Café Style chips) or atop pretty much anything: grilled chicken, tostadas, burritos, your fingers…

Note: This recipe makes quite a bit of cowboy salsa so plan to either serve it at a get-together or give a batch or two to neighbors. Or send a batch to me; that works too.

Printable recipe for cowboy salsa below.

Cowboy Salsa (aka Cowboy Caviar)
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 12
 
Super easy salsa that tastes great atop chips, chicken, quesadillas--just about anything. It makes quite a large bowl, so plan to share it with friends and family.
Ingredients
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can sweet yellow & white corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 California avocado, diced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ to 1 cup chopped green onion
  • Diced jalapeno pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine pinto beans, black-eyed peas, black beans, corn, celery, red bell pepper, green onion and jalapeno pepper. (Don't add avocado until ready to serve.)
  2. In a small saucepan combine cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, sugar, oil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and boil until sugar dissolves. Let cool.
  3. Pour over ingredients in bowl and toss to coat. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Add avocado just before serving and toss to coat evenly.

Cowboy Salsa aka Cowboy Caviar

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  1. May 8, 2013

    I’ve had a love obsession with this stuff for years!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I am newly addicted and loving it!
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  2. May 8, 2013

    I would so devour this. No chip needed. Just me and a spoon. Yum!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I may have had a spoonful or two…or three sans chips. ;)
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  3. May 8, 2013

    Just one more. Oh, maybe one more. Another one won’t hurt. Said the woman with a huge bag of chips and a big bowl of this.
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    That’s what was running through my head last night as we dove into it!
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  4. May 8, 2013

    Dood, I was just pinning Cowboy Caviar a couple of days ago, as a possible Book Club option for next week. Perfect timing!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    This one is like candy. For reals. And adding avocado just before serving makes it absolutely, 100% delicious.
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  5. May 13, 2013

    Oh I could just put this stuff on EVERYTHING! Loooooove the addition of avocado.

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    Emily Hill Reply:

    It could seriously go on everything, it is that good.
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  6. May 14, 2013

    Um, I’m pretty sure I could eat all of this myself!! :)
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    Maybe we could split it in half and then we wouldn’t feel so guilty? ;)
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  7. June 14, 2013

    Pinned! And making this weekend!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    It is SO yummy! Make sure you give it a bit of time to marinate before serving. Delish!
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  8. February 27, 2014

    I adore the fact that you added avocado to this….NEED. NOW!! :)
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    I add avocado to everything I possibly can. :)
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  9. March 1, 2014

    This is one of my favorites! One of my healthy tips is to add a little chicken and just skip the tortilla chips. Such a great lunch or snack!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    That’s a great idea! You could throw it all on a bed of spinach leaves and toss for a nice, healthy salad.
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