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Texas Caviar Recipe with Shrimp and Avocado

THE BEST Texas caviar recipe, also known as cowboy caviar, tossed with shrimp, avocado, and a spicy lime vinaigrette. So darn delish! Grab tortilla chips and scoop up mounds of deliciousness. 

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Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories65 kcal
Cost $ 1.25 per person


  • bowl


For the Texas Caviar:

  • 2 15 oz cans black eye peas drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can yellow corn drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno chopped
  • 2 bell peppers chopped (any color of choice)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 avocado chopped
  • 8 oz cooked large shrimp cleaned and tail-off

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt or more if desired
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped cilantro or parsley
  • corn tortilla chips to serve with


  • In a large bowl, mix all the ingredient for the Texas caviar and reserve.
  • In another bowl or mason jar, whisk in/shake well all the ingredients for the dressing. Pour over the Texas caviar and toss until combined. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  • Cover, refrigerate for at least 1 hour (up to 24 hours), and enjoy with corn tortilla chips.

Recipe Notes

  • Only toss the avocado either right before serving or one hour before serving, to prevent it from turning brown. 
  • Make sure to refrigerate Texas caviar dip for at least one hour. 
  • The shrimp and avocado are not ingredients in the traditional cowboy caviar dip -- you can skip them if desired. 
  • Consume Texas caviar salad within 24 hours if it contains avocado. Or up to 4 days if it contains shrimp and no avocado. If it does not contain either shrimp or avocado, keep in the fridge for up to one week in an airtight container.  
  • Freeze for up to 2 months. Make sure to thaw in the fridge and stir well before serving. 
  • Alternatively, you can serve it in sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas, and wraps. Moreover,  you can use as a side for grilled meats and fajitas, or as a topping for nachos.  


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 321mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 745IU | Vitamin C: 33.4mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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