Bean salsa or cowboy caviar, it’s good!

Are you a salsa lover? Grab a bag of chips and dig in! This recipe is good! One day I decided to take a little trip to one of my favorite stores. It’s about a half hour from here and if you’re in central PA you might know it, it’s Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill. They have a big garden center, a grocery and gift store and a great seafood department. There are lots of organics and all sorts of food that isn’t sold in the local grocery stores. In the refrigerated section I spied a beany concoction that looked pretty good to me because I love beans of every shape and size! I had to get it, those beans were calling my name! It was so good I wanted to make my own. When searching for recipes for Texas salsa, I discovered it goes by many names; cowboy caviar, cowboy salsa, Texas salsa and bean salsa.  There were so many recipes, so I added a little of this recipe and a little of that recipe and came up with my own version.

salsa, cilarnto, lime

Bean salsa

Bean salsa, cowboy salsa, cowboy caviar or Texas salsa, this recipe goes by several names. The spices can be adjusted according to your personal taste.


  • 1 can black beans, 15 oz. (drained)
  • 1 can black eyed peas, 15 oz. (drained)
  • 1 can Rotel, 15oz. (or 1 can diced tomatoes and 1 jalepeno pepper or use up those fresh tomatoes from the garden)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 bell pepper (chopped, any color)
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt, pepper


After draining beans mix all together.
Adjust herbs and spices to your taste. Add jalapeno peppers for more hotness.


I like this recipe because it's simple to adjust the seasonings to your personal taste, fiery hot or not. Avocado is the perfect accompaniment.

I like to serve it with lime slices and avocado but I think sour cream would be good too. bean salsa, cowboy salsa

All the spices can be adjusted to your personal preference. I like it with lots of spice and always end up stirring in more after it’s refrigerated overnight.  It was a hit at our 4th of July party. Do you have a favorite salsa recipe?


Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))