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Buffalo Cowboy Caviar

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Buffalo Cowboy Caviar Recipe (Best salsa and side dish ever!)
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What is Buffalo Cowboy Caviar?

I have lived in “cowboy country” most of my life and only recently did I hear about Cowboy Caviar.

Just last month I gave it a taste, and Boy Howdy, I am so very glad I did!

Healthy Buffalo Cowboy Caviar Recipe (Best salsa and side dish ever!)

I must admit, Buffalo Cowboy Caviar has to have the most nondescript name for a recipe ever… It does not include caviar or buffalos. And there are no cowboys involved either, although cowboys could certainly make and eat it.

Confession Number 2: From the name alone, I honestly did not expect to like it at all.

After my first taste test, I was surprised and amazed. I tried it, and tried it, and kept on trying it. In fact, it turned out to be my entire dinner for the night.

Making Buffalo Cowboy Caviar Recipe (Best salsa and side dish ever!)

Guilt free of course, my Buffalo Cowboy Caviar recipe is also vegan, dairy free, and gluten free. Buffalo Cowboy Caviar could easily be mistaken for a salsa, salad, dip or even a relish.

It actually could be eaten as any of the aforementioned dishes.

Skinny Buffalo Cowboy Caviar Recipe (Best salsa and side dish ever!)

This Buffalo Cowboy Caviar combines fresh, colorful, diced vegetables, beans, black eyed peas, corn, and a savory buffalo hot wing seasoning. It’s a delicious collaboration perfect for scooping up with tortilla chips.

Buffalo Cowboy Caviar is so quick to throw together, and it is quite a feast for the eyes, as well as the palate.

How To: Buffalo Cowboy Caviar Recipe (Best salsa and side dish ever!)

The marinade gives this recipe a twist, by adding buffalo wing sauce and dry buffalo spice blend with olive oil, lime juice, and honey.

There is no cooking involved. So on those hot summer evenings, it will be a breeze to make.

How To Make Buffalo Cowboy Caviar Recipe (Best salsa and side dish ever!)

Chop some fresh veggies, open a few cans of beans, whisk up the dressing, and you are done.

Allow the Buffalo Cowboy Caviar time to marinate for about an hour, so the flavors mature.

Spicy Buffalo Cowboy Caviar Recipe (Best salsa ever!)

This salad/dip holds up very well, making it a great take along for cookouts, picnics, potlucks and the like.

Store in the refrigerator for up to a week, but I doubt it will last that long!

Perfect Buffalo Cowboy Caviar Recipe (Best salsa and side dish ever!)

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Spicy Buffalo Cowboy Caviar Recipe (Best salsa ever!)
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Buffalo Cowboy Caviar

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Buffalo Cowboy Caviar Recipe - A spicy black bean, black eyed pea, and corn salsa that can be served as a dip or a side dish! This make-ahead recipe is tossed with a zesty buffalo vinaigrette.
Servings: 12


For the Cowboy Caviar:

  • 15 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounces black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 11 ounces corn, drained
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 large firm avocados, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup green onions, diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1-2 large jalapenos, seeded and diced

For the Marinade:


  • Mix the marinade ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Chop all the vegetables and herbs. Place the rest of ingredients in a large salad bowl. Pour the marinade over the top, and stir gently to coat well.
  • Chill for at least 1 hour. Serve cold or at room temperature.


NOTE: For a gluten-free version, make sure you use a buffalo spice mix and buffalo sauce that indicate they are gluten-free.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 233kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 8mg, Potassium: 572mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 775IU, Vitamin C: 25.8mg, Calcium: 57mg, Iron: 3.1mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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10 comments on “Buffalo Cowboy Caviar”

  1. Am I crazy or is the buffalo wing SAUCE missing from the recipe???
    I am only seeing the dry buffalo seasoning??? Please tell me how much wing sauce I can’t wait to make this!!! Thank you 

  2. This never lasts when we make it.  Our family devours it so quickly! 

  3. This is my favorite game day snack!

  4. I LOVE how easy and delicious this is!! YUM!

  5. I loved it! So easy and so tasty!

  6. Oh my gosh this is so good!

  7. HELP, I too am puzzled as to what “Buffalo Spice Mix” is ? This is the first time I’ve ever heard of it. Would someone know what’s in it ?

  8. One of the greatest things about this dish aside from eating it is you can switch out things you don’t like, add other things and make it your family’s dish. It is great with Scoops~flat chips don’t hold up~but I love it with saltine crackers and a spoon.