Cowboy caviar recipes are available at TheGunnySack.com, Dana-Farber.org, BettyCrocker.com, FoodNetwork.com and Saveur.com. Cowboy caviar recipes typically include black beans or black-eyed peas, corn, onions, lime and sauce that is mixed, chilled and dipped using tortilla chips.
A close cousin of Southern or redneck caviar, cowboy caviar also can be served as an appetizer in peppers or individual tortilla cups. The Gunny Sack's recipe for cowboy caviar cups calls for rinsing and draining 1 can each of Bush's Best black beans and Bush's Best black-eyed peas and draining 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles. Dice 1/2 onion and 2 avocados, and chop 1 cup cilantro. Combine these ingredients with 1 can of Del Monte Southwest corn with poblano and red peppers, 1/2 cup Italian dressing, 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, and salt and pepper to taste. Chill until needed, and spoon into tortilla chip cups to serve.
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute provides a healthy alternative served in bell peppers. Drain 1 15-ounce can each of black beans and black-eyed peas. Thaw 3/4 cup of frozen corn. Chop 3 green onions, 1/2 cup green bell pepper and 1/3 cup cilantro. Dice 2 or 3 tomatoes, and combine with the peas and vegetables in a medium bowl. Whisk 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and white wine vinegar, the juice of 1/2 lime and 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, and add salt and pepper. Pour over the bean mixture and chill. Add 1 chopped avocado just before serving in gold, red or yellow peppers with the tops and seeds removed.