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  • fzxdoc
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    Looking for a Great Cowboy Caviar Recipe

    Who doesn't love Cowboy Caviar? There are a lot different ways to make it. There's one on The Pit offered by our much-missed Steve Markley.

    But I'm sure there are other really great recipes out there. The ones I like have both black beans and black eyed peas in the mix. But I'm open to any mix of ingredients for this delectable concoction.

    Recipes or recipe links (that you know are delicious) would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Kathryn
  • smokin fool
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    • Apr 2019
    • 866
    • Mississauga, Ont

    #2
    Mine's about the same as your example.
    I call it Cowboy Hunter Caviar, mostly cause I hunt around the pantry to see what's in stock and go from there so its usually never the same twice.
    Like you I try more than one type of bean or pea, my wife especially likes chick peas in it
    I take away: cumin and no oil and frozen corn. If I've grilled fresh corn that's a different story.
    I add: 1 envelope garlic and herb salad dressing mix, chopped cilantro, diced roma tomato.

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    • fzxdoc
      fzxdoc commented
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      I like the "hunting and gathering" vibe of your recipe, smokin fool . Thanks!

      Kathryn
  • RonB
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    #3
    I'll be watchin'.

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    • djl
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      #4
      Thanks for posting. I meant to steal some ideas from Steve, and totally forgot until now.

      Here is what I usually throw together

      3 cans of beans (a mix - I usually use cannelloni, dark red kidney, and black)
      1 green pepper
      1 red pepper (orange, yellow, or etc)
      can of green giant niblets or mexicorn
      1/2 large red onion
      2 to 4 cloves of garlic
      2 jalapeños (finely chopped)
      cilantro chopped
      Vinaigrette or store bought Italian dressing

      Drain and rinse the beans. Drain the corn. Dice the peppers and onion. Deseed and finely dice the jalapeño peppers. Crush the garlic. Add everything together and mix with a homemade vinaigrette or Italian dressing. I usually add (freshly) ground black pepper, but don't add salt. I serve with tortilla chips, but have been known to eat the left overs like a salad. Might be this version, and also a hot version with lime and cumin for my more adventurous guests.
      Last edited by djl; June 13th, 2019, 08:30 PM.

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      • fzxdoc
        fzxdoc commented
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        Sounds delicious. Thanks, djl .

        Kathryn

      • Texas Larry
        Texas Larry commented
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        Gotta be black eyed peas in it or it doesn’t qualify down here!🤣

      • djl
        djl commented
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        What'd ya expect from a yank!

        Right I actually substituted out the back eyed peas once (didn't have them) and the wife. (She is yankee too) liked it better that way. It has now become the standard here. Usually I am smart enough not call it Texas Caviar. Momentary lapse of reason. Use 2 cans of black-eyed peas and 1 can of black. Also put the tomatoes back in too!
        Last edited by djl; June 23rd, 2019, 09:04 AM.
    • mountainsmoker
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      • Jun 2019
      • 1465
      • Bryson City, NC

      #5
      Lady you got me wondering what cowboy caviar was so I did a Bing search and came up with dozens and dozens of recipes.

      Here is an interesting one that has avocado in it https://www.delish.com/cooking/recip...caviar-recipe/

      Here is a pretty straight forward one they say is from Oklahoma https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/...caviar-3757671

      You can go here and find a whole bunch more. https://www.bing.com/search?q=cowboy...02c861427a5c43

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      • Elton's BBQ
        Elton's BBQ commented
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        Thanks for the links!

      • fzxdoc
        fzxdoc commented
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        Thanks for the links, mountainsmoker . I'll work my way through them. I'm hoping, in addition, for members here to give their recipes. Nothing like a good TNT (tried 'n true) recipe from a home cook for comfort food such as this.

        BTW following one link I found a Chile and Lime Texas Caviar recipe that looks pretty tasty: https://cafedelites.com/chili-lime-texas-caviar/

        Kathryn
    • Bkhuna
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      • Apr 2019
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      • Merritt Island Florida

      #6
      Three things that elevate this dish:
      1. Diced avocado
      2. Diced poblanos instead of green peppers
      3. Fry you own tortilla chips if using as a dip.
      Last edited by Bkhuna; June 14th, 2019, 03:15 AM.

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      • fzxdoc
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        I like the idea of the poblanos tossed in there. Avocado added at the end is a great idea too. Yum. I may fry up some tortilla chips just in anticipation of making a version with your suggestions. Thanks, Bkhuna .

        Kathryn

      • smokin fool
        smokin fool commented
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        Can't believe I've never thought of adding Avocado!!!!
        To clarify my take on making this I don't put any of the hot peppers other have mentioned, the sissies here don't like them.
    • Bkhuna
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      • Apr 2019
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      • Merritt Island Florida

      #7
      smokin fool Poblanos aren't hot. YMMV.

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      • smokin fool
        smokin fool commented
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        I did not know that, I have no experience with some of the peppers talked about on this site because they're just not available up here.
        Thank you

      • Mr. Bones
        Mr. Bones commented
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        smokin fool Poblanos weigh in at ~ bout half as hot as a jalapeño, fyi...very nice flavour added to many dishes, vs green bell peppers...

      • smokin fool
        smokin fool commented
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        I would love to find these and give em a try, again like cuts of meat you guys take for granted local grocery stores don't carry them.
        I'm going to have widen my search area.
        ….sigh....
    • gdsim1
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      #8
      Not a recipe, but a while back Costco was selling tubs of this a while back. Took a flier on it, and it was really good. I know homemade is always better, but if you ever get jammed up on time for a side (or lazy like me lol), you could do worse.

      The Costco angle just reminded me of a funny story... I’ll not hijack your thread, but it’s worth the chuckle if you happen to see it in Recent Posts.

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      • HouseHomey
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        • May 2016
        • 4316
        • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
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        #9
        I’ve never heard of Cowboy Caviar.

        i made a lobster salad that has the same concept.

        So its basically a salsa with beans right? Scoopable so not too wet?

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        • fzxdoc
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          #10
          You got it, HouseHomey , a scoopable, not too wet salsa. That's why I put my query in the Salsa channel, although it could have fit in other Channels as well. Try it. You'll like it!

          Kathryn

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          • tamidw
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            • Sep 2017
            • 49
            • NW Oregon

            #11
            Here is the recipe I always make and everyone loves it. Sorry I didn’t see this sooner.
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            • fzxdoc
              fzxdoc commented
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              Looks really delicious. Thanks, tamidw !

              Kathryn
          • pjlstrat
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            #12
            HouseHomey don’t feel bad I had to look it up to!!!!! Never heard of it but you can bet your bottom dollar I’m gonna try it it sounds awesome

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            • IowaGirl
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              • Dec 2018
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              #13
              I got turned off of Cowboy Caviar years ago, because a friend used to make it so it was way too dry and mealy for my taste. Unfortunately, she brought it to pretty much every party and potluck we both attended and urged it on all the guests, including me. I had to learn how to politely avoid eating it all the while agreeing with her that "yes, I just had a bite and it is wonderful, but, thanks, I've had enough for now."

              She cornered me again recently in such a way that I had to eat a bite of her latest batch or risk offending her. She's my besty and would walk through fire for me, so the least I could do is eat a bite of her Caviar. Thankfully it was a lot better this time -- more crunchy veggies and seasonings to balance out the beans.

              But until this latest bite, I had zero interest making this concoction, so I don't have a recipe to offer. I'm reading this thread with the hope that I can learn the secrets of making this dish well from y'all.

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              • fzxdoc
                fzxdoc commented
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                It's a pretty tasty side when you nail the recipe, IMO. Give it a try!

                Kathryn

              • IowaGirl
                IowaGirl commented
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                Here's to hoping I'll find the holy grail of Cowboy Caviar if I keep reading this thread!

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