Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cowboy Caviar

Alright-so the title of this post may sound a little strange to some of you-but no matter what you think when you look at the title-you have GOT to try this recipe! I assure you-you will not be sorry!

Cowboy Caviar is kind of like bean salsa-without the tomatoes, or three bean salad-but with a lot more craziness! Actually, nevermind-forget all I just said... Cowboy Caviar is like nothing else you've ever had before-it's better!

There is so much going on in this recipe, sweetness from the marinade, crunch from the onions and peppers, a creamy vibe going on with the beans... what more could anyone ask for in a side dish/snack/burrito filling/best friend!? :)

Ok, ok... I'll quite teasing and just get down to business with the recipe at hand here

1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup oil (any kind will work)
1/4 cup sugar
...I know these ingredients may not sound all that healthy, but the oil and vinegar are actually chalk full of healthy fats, antioxidants and such-and since you drain the marinade anyway-not much of the it is actually eaten at all

-everything else-
2 cans of Shoepeg corn (or any corn will suffice)
1 can black beans
1 can kidney (or red) beans
2-3 peppers
1 onion

1. Make your marinade: on the stove bring your marinade ingredients to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature
2. Rinse and drain your beans
3. Drain your corn
4. Chop your peppers & onions
5. Combine everything in a large bowl and refrigerate at least 2 hours (overnight is best!)
6. When ready to enjoy-simply drain the marinade

Disclaimer: This recipe really is extremely versatile! I like to eat it as a dip with crackers, fill up a wrap  with it, use it on my salads... it truly is a recipe that wears many hats!

Nutritional Info (1/15 of recipe~about 1 cup)


  1. We LOVE Cowboy Caviar, but ours is slightly different. I guess every family has their own version, kind of like chili! Thanks for all the healthy options. I am lovin' your blog! -Marci

    1. I love it too! I'd love to see how yours is different-I'm always looking for variations!


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