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Texas Caviar is Better Than the Real Thing

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Champagne and caviar have long held the title as the classiest combination of delicacies, but these two powerhouses of sweet bubbles and salty texture don’t match everyone’s palates or budgets. That’s where the irresistible (and budget-friendly) Cowboy Caviar comes into the picture.

Also known as Texas Caviar, this party dip is about as far from raw fish eggs as you can get. According to Average Betty, the original Texas Caviar recipe was created in 1940 by Helen Corbitt. It’s place in lore is cemented in place by the fact it was also concocted in Dallas, Texas as the Neiman Marcus Zodiac Room.

Combining the flavors of black beans, corn, tomatoes and avocado, this power-packed dip is perfect for game day or a summertime appetizer.

The best thing about this recipe is that all you need to do is mix the ingredients together in a bowl and enjoy.


    • 1 can whole kernel corn
    • 1 can black beans
    • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
    • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
    • 1/3 cup sweet peppers
    • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
    • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
    • 1 cup diced avocado
    • Juice of two limes
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1/2 tsp chili powder
    • 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
    • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco

You can also switch out the black beans for black eyed peas for another variation on this “caviar” recipe.

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Texas Caviar is Better Than the Real Thing