as promised: cowboy caviar recipe

November 5, 2012 · 9 comments

in food, healthy living, recipes

when i posted my sweet potato with cowboy caviar lunch in what i ate wednesday a month ago, i received quite a few requests for the recipe. i fully intended to whip it up and post it quickly, but life happened and i made it twice, only to forgot to take photos or have it be too dark out for photos.

i finally had the chance to make it during the day and take some photos with decent light this weekend, so here is the recipe. better late than never, right?

cowboy caviar recipe

cowboy caviar

by sarah zinkel

prep time: 10 minutes

keywords: appetizer side snack vegetarian avocado beans

ingredients (4 cups)

  • 1 can sweet corn with red & green bell peppers (i used green giant’s mexicorn), rinsed and drained
  • 1 can rotel original (hot would be better, but i couldn’t find any), drained
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup greek yogurt (i used 2% chobani)

cowboy caviar ingredients


mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.

the flavor is best if it is refrigerated overnight.

it doesn’t get much easier than that, does it?!

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i’ve made this three times in the past 3 or 4 weeks. brad likes eating it with his lunch and it’s a great snack!

the original recipe (my mom printed it out, but i couldn’t find an original source for the exact recipe she had) called for mayonnaise and sour cream instead of the greek yogurt, but i swapped that out and cut down on the amount of cheese to make it a bit healthier! it reminds me of a creamier and spicier version of my triple bean salad recipe.

it’s still a pretty calorie-dense dish with the beans, avocados, and cheese, but it’s better than the original!

cowboy caviar recipe

so hurry up and make this. i guarantee you won’t regret it!

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Mellissa November 5, 2012 at 8:51 am

I make a similar thing but use olive oil and red wine vinegar instead of the greek yogurt. I will have to try it your way!
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Liz J November 5, 2012 at 9:03 am

sooo good!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 5, 2012 at 9:48 am

I’ve had Cowboy Caviar many time, but never with Greek. I love that idea! I bet the creaminess was a great compliment to the avocado, too.
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Amy November 5, 2012 at 11:06 am

The name of this recipe alone makes us want to make it…it’s just too awesome! Love that you used Plain 2% to make it extra creamy. Pinned!

Have a GREAT week!



Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles November 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Mmm, I love cowboy caviar – so darn delicious (and so easy to make!).
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Aparna B. November 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Delicious!! Sounds so fresh and proteinalicious :)
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Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest November 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Mmm…that looks/sounds delicious! I bookmarked it in my reader to come back to and make sometime in the near future.
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Jill M. November 15, 2012 at 3:38 pm

There is a red onion in the picture of ingredients but not mentioned in the ingredients list. How much red onion do you put in?


sarah November 15, 2012 at 9:24 pm

my mistake! i typed red tomato in the ingredients list, but i meant red onion. i’m changing it now.


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