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Cowboy Caviar with Black Eyed Peas

A perfect starter for tacos, made with black beans, black eyed peas, pickled onion
Prep Time4 mins
Resting Time for Pickled Onion30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: tex mex
Keyword: black beans, black eyed peas, cowbow caviar
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can black eyed peas
  • 1 red bell pepper (or a mix of colors) small dice
  • 3 tablespoons pickled onion small dice
  • 1 jalapeno pepper or serrano
  • 1 handful cilantro chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar, if needed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 avocado diced (optional)

Pickled Red Onion

  • 1/2 red onion sliced into half moons
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar optional
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns or some black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic cut in half


  • Rinse beans in colander in cold water. Set aside.
  • Dice peppers, onions in very small dice.
  • Mix beans, peppers, onions.
  • Toss with olive oil.
  • The pickled onions may be enough vinegar. If not add a teaspoon or two.
  • Add cilantro.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add avocado right before serving.

Pickled Onion

  • Slice into thin half moons and place in colander.
  • Pour boiling water over onion.
  • Put vinegar in jar with sugar and peppercorns.
  • Put onion in jar. Will be ready in 30 minutes. Dice fine for the bean dip.