Cowfolk Caviar

Back in 2010 I tried a recipe for Texas Caviar for the first time, using Jessica Mullen‘s recipe from “Self portrait with tx caviar [with recipe].” That original post disappeared from the internet some time back, but the Wayback Machine had a copy I dug up.

Texas Caviar
1 can green chilis
2 l5 oz. cans black eye peas
1/2 cup red onion
1/2 cup green pepper
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup veg oil salt and pepper

Mix vinegar, sugar and oil until blended.
Add garlic and salt & pepper.
Add dressing to (drained) peas and veggies.
Let marinade for 24 hours.

— We usually add a couple chopped jalepenos and serve with salsa or hot sauce.

Self portrait with tx caviar [with recipe].

Since then I’ve made the recipe a few different ways and particularly like Budget BitesCowboy Caviar. Here’s my current recipe for what I’ll be calling Cowfolk Caviar. It’s delicious eaten with tortilla chips, or in place of relish on a burger. Sometimes I’ll just mix it with rice for a quick meal. It stays good in the refrigerator for a few days, so I’ll often make it and experiment each day adding it to a new meal.

Cowfolk Caviar

Recipe by Apollo LemmonCourse: Side DishDifficulty: Easy


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Cowfolk Caviar is a delicious bean salad that can be used as a dip or added to various foods to bring them to life. It’s also known as Cowboy Caviar or Texas Caviar.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 fresh lime, squeezed (2 tbsp juice)

  • ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • ½ tsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ½ tsp sugar

  • 1 can black beans (530ml, 19 fl oz)

  • 1 can black eyed peas (530ml, 19 fl oz)

  • 1 bell pepper (any colour), diced

  • 1 Jalapeño, diced

  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced

  • 1 large red onion, diced


  • In a large bowl, mix together olive oil, lime juice, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, cumin, salt and sugar.
  • Rinse and drain both cans of beans with a colander. Add to the bowl.
  • Add the peppers, tomatoes and onion.
  • Mix thoroughly until everything is well coated.
  • Serve.


  • There are many ways to alter this recipe. Here are just a few: add hot sauce, swap in green onions for red, mix in a salsa, add minced garlic, or swap the 2 varieties of beans for a medley.

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