Cowboy Caviar, easy and perfect for parties

This cowboy caviar salsa recipe comes from my Dad’s side of the family, but I think each family has their own version. I happen to love ours. 🙂 It’s something I wish I would have thought to bring on our little Deer Valley adventure. As you already know, we are a die hard Deer Valley family. We absolutely love visiting and we are begging our readers to go too, which is paying off because so many of you have emailed (keep them coming!!) about your trip to Deer Valley.

We went up a few weekends ago and oh my goodness it was fun! I know it’s cheesy that I always say this, but that place is magical. We are always so darn impressed with how kind everyone is. These people come from all over the world to work at Deer Valley because they love it so much. Can you believe that?! And it’s right in our backyard. I’m always a little shocked when I hear locals say that they have yet to go. Guys, take a day and get your buns up there! Even if you don’t ski there’s so much to do, but I HIGHLY recommend trying the skiing especially for your kids. You can read more about that here.

snow shoeing

We did everything we could up there for the weekend and that included snow shoeing. We found this awesome site called, Wasatch Guides that Matt started as a way to help people get outdoors and really experience life. He’s awesome and I can’t believe I’m going to say this as I thought I would just freeze the whole time (yes, I’ve turned into a bit of a ski bunny), but snowshoeing is awesome! You totally work yourself out and man is it beautiful!


We even had a little snow picnic which the kids thought was so fun until their little hands began to freeze. Then it was off to the slopes and at one point even snowboarding on sleds. You had to be there. I think it’s a guy thing.

Cowboy Caviar, easy and perfect for parties

But back to the food. I love that you get that creamy coolness from the avocados with some crunch from the peppers. I love the sweet and a hint of spicy… mmmmm so yummy. And, it’s easy which is great for when you want something really tasty but you don’t have a lot of time to put something super fancy together. It’s just simple and delicious. Just how it should be.

Cowboy Caviar, easy and perfect for parties

In fact, you could totally play around with the flavors too. Want more bite? Add a jalapeno. Want half hominy and half corn? Go for it! When are those things ever a bad thing? Never!

Cowboy Caviar, easy and perfect for parties

Plus, with all the colors of the different ingredients it’s so pretty and doesn’t need a lot by way of presentation. We made this a little bit back for our friend’s birthday party BBQ and it’s the perfect take a long dish. You don’t have to worry about keeping it hot or decorating it etc. Just toss it all together and serve with chips. Perfect every time!

Cowboy Caviar, easy and perfect for parties


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Cowboy Caviar
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Serves: 8-12
A delicious "salsa" packed with flavor!
  • 1 Green, red or yellow pepper (if you double the recipe just use all three)
  • 1 Can white corn or Hominy (doubled I use both)
  • 1 Can diced italian or Mexican style tomatoes
  • 1 Purple Onion, diced
  • 1 Can black-eyed Peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 1 Can Black Olives, sliced
  • 1 8 oz Bottle Italian Dressing
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • ½ Small Can Diced Green Chiles
  • 1 ts Cumin
  • 1 Avocado, diced
  • ½ Bunch Cilantro
  1. Mix everything, but the avocado and cilantro and let sit a few hours or overnight. Before serving add avocado and cilantro and serve with chips. It's delicious for eggs rancheros etc too!


Cowboy Caviar


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