Trader Joes Homemade Cowboy Caviar
Trader Joes Homemade Cowboy Caviar

Just make a trip to our favorite grocery store, Trader Joe’s, for this big and bold homemade cowboy caviar. Don’t forget chips!

Growing up, my family would throw a Father’s Day BBQ every year and it was one of my favorite food days of the year. A non-negotiable summer shindig was a heaping bowl of Texas caviar – a black bean salad/dip with corn, peppers, Italian dressing, cilantro and co ton of feta. We served it on the patio table and I spooned it up between dips in the pool. What a life.

Any Trader Joe’s fans out there?

I recently noticed that cowboy caviar was gaining traction on TikTok and was reminded of that nostalgic party app I loved when I was younger. How could I Not see you again? I stopped in at Trader Joe’s for this recipe and only use their products – HUGE fan here! This will take your fun summer game to the next level.

As soon as I entered the store, I knew it was Trader Joe’s already ahead of the trend and sells cowboy caviar by the jar. I’m sure it’s delicious, but that’s not the challenge I’ve completed. That’s caviar out scratch.

What to pick up at Trader Joe’s

I’m a big fan of pickled jalapeños, so I threw them out Hot & sweet jalapeños in my basket because I wanted to add a little warmth. Plus, I knew the pickling liquid would give the dressing a flavorful kick.

Another key component: Everything except the Elote spice mix. This stuff is beg added to this bean corn dip. Its cheesy, earthy flavor makes for an exciting dressing. I sprinkled a bit more on top for an extra punch. I’ll be shocked if I have any leftovers of this spice mix in a few weeks – it’s that good.

Finally there is three (Count them) Corn products in this salad and I think they all play an important role. I am thawed frozen charred corn and used it alongside Canned black beans and kidney beans as a salad base. It provides a smoky flavor without having to grill the corn itself.

Second, I topped the salad with it Huge Peruvian Inca Corn Salted Crunchy Snack– Guys, these are corn nuts! – for texture and big corn flavor. Then I served it with the salad Dipper for corn chips, which are sturdy enough to hold that hefty dip. I cannot recommend all three products enough.

Listen, you don’t must going to Trader Joe’s to make a successful cowboy caviar, but you can make a really delicious caviar just using the clever products that the geniuses at TJ’s HQ have developed for us. Sure, it’s a little different than what I made for Father’s Day as a kid, but sometimes it’s nice to have a change.

Did someone say dip?

  • Buffalo chicken dip
  • Homemade veggie dip
  • Muhammara (paprika walnut dip)
  • queso dip
  • Fresh Pea Hummus

Trader Joe’s Homemade Cowboy Caviar

preparation time
20 minutes

total time
20 minutes

up to 10 servings

8 cups


For the dressing

  • 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon Trader Joe’s Hot & Sweet Liquid for pickling jalapeños

  • 2 teaspoon Anything but Trader Joe’s Elote Spice Blend

  • 1/3 Cup olive oil

  • Kosher salttaste

  • Freshly ground black peppertaste

For the salad

  • 1 (fifteenounce) black beans can be drained and rinsed

  • 1 (fifteenounce) Drain and rinse kidney beans

  • 1 Middle Red peppercored and diced

  • 1 Middle yellow pepperscored and diced

  • 5 spring onionstrimmed and thinly sliced

  • 2 cups Trader Joe’s frozen roasted cornthawed

  • 1 Cup Mini old tomatoeshalved

  • 1/2 Cup roughly chopped fresh coriander

  • 1/4 Cup Trader Joe’s Hot & Sweet jalapenosdrained and chopped

  • 1 Cup Trader Joe’s giant Peruvian Inca Corn salted crunchy snackroughly chopped

  • Trader Joe’s Organic Elote Corn Chip DippersTo serve


  1. Make the dressing:

    In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, pickling liquid, and elote seasoning. Slowly pour in the olive oil while whisking until the dressing is creamy and combined. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

  2. Prepare the salad:

    In a large bowl, toss together the black beans, kidney beans, peppers, scallions, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapeños. Mix in the dressing and toss to combine. Season to taste with more salt and pepper. Top with corn nuts and serve with corn chips for ladling.

    Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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nutritional information (per serving)
238 calories
8g Fat
35g carbohydrates
10g protein

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