small cowboy caviar recipe

Cowboy Caviar – Small Batch

I found a nice recipe for Cowboy Caviar but honestly – they make SO MUCH and I really didn’t need to have so much in my fridge.  I cut the recipe here and there and it still made quite a bit – great for a couple or small gathering.

Hubby hates cilantro – so I made it optional here.  Use whatever bell pepper you have on hand, I like yellow, orange & red better than green – but green would work okay as well.  I do think that red onion is a must, a regular yellow onion would be too strong.

Small Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Carrie Hill


  • 1/2 Can Black Beans Rinsed & Drained (I saved the other half for nachos)
  • 1 C Frozen Corn Thawed
  • 3 Medium Tomatoes Diced
  • 1 Bell Pepper Diced
  • 1/2 Jalapeno Pepper seeded & minced (use a whole one if you like it spicy)
  • 1 Avocado diced
  • 1/2 Red Onion diced
  • 1/2 C Italian Dressing
  • 1/4 C Fresh Cilantro minced & optional
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper or more to taste


  1. Mix everything (including the spices & seasonings) together in a medium size bowl EXCEPT the the avocado.
  2. Once everything is mixed well, fold the diced avocado in gently
  3. Tastes better if you let it sit for a bit.
  4. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from 12 Tomatoes