Tequila Cowboy Caviar

Tequila Cowboy Caviar will turn any night into a party! Leave that jarred salsa in the refrigerator for today, make the dip that everyone asks for!

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What Is Cowboy Caviar?

Cowboy Caviar is a dip made from black beans, black eyed peas, corn and fresh vegetables tossed in a homemade, tangy dressing. We decided to kick Tequila Cowboy Caviar with, you guessed it, tequila.

Tequila adds a delicious, boozy flavor to this homemade bean dip, and it’s one that we honestly can’t stop eating.

We’ve actually had nights where we’re having a couple of drinks and eating chips and salsa (hopefully with some guac on a good night) and we end up eating so much of it that we just forget about dinner altogether.

Sometimes cocktail hour just turns into dinner around our house and I’m not ashamed to say it.

Cowboy Caviar is pretty popular if you google it – which I do all the time. Google recipes, look them up on Pinterest or Facebook…it’s an exciting life, I know. But that’s what I do.

You can find lots of recipes for Cowboy Caviar, and things to make using Cowboy Caviar but what about Boozy Cowboy Caviar?

How Do You Make Tequila Cowboy Caviar?

All you need are a few ingredients shown here – diced tomatoes, black eyed peas, corn, peppers, black olives, red onions, lime and tequila.


OK, so there’s more than a few ingredients to gather but once you’re there you’re done.

This is definitely a dump into a bowl recipe, not much chopping except for the onions and peppers. You can dice up the sliced olives like I did or just add them in as is…not much of a game changer there.

The game changer here is the tequila.


Why does adding tequila into this recipe change the game? Well, I’m not sure – but it does. The tequila brings out the flavors just a little more if you ask me, just like in this Bratwurst with Sweet Tequila Salsa recipe. It also makes it taste more like a party…but YES you can leave it out if you want to. I just highly recommend that you don’t.

This is totally going to be a night when the snacks turn into dinner.


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Tequila Cowboy Caviar

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

This bean dip is definitely party worthy! Fresh vegetables, beans and our homemade tangy dressing makes this dip irresistible!



  • 1 (15.25 oz) canned corn
  • 2 (10.5) cans black eyed peas
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 cup peppers, diced
  • 1 (3.8 oz) can black olives diced
  • 2 (15 oz)cans RoTel Mexican Style Tomatoes with lime and cilantro, drained
  • 1 ounce tequila


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 lime, juiced


  1. Whisk up the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Add the rest of ingredients to a large bowl, pour in the dressing and toss to combine.
  3. Let sit at least for 3-4 hours in the refrigerator, or up to overnight.
  4. Garnish with cilantro if desired and serve with tortilla chips for dipping.
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American / Tex-Mex


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