Pardon the unglamorous photos, but we haven’t made this recipe in *years* so we immediately devoured it without elegance in mind.
When I was an undergrad, I occasionally visited one of my good friend’s homes. At one of the visits, her mom made cowboy caviar and I fell in love. I copied the recipe, brought it back to my family, and it was a “thing” in our house for a while.
10 to 15 years later, I no longer have the recipe — but my friend still did! She immediately emailed it to me when I asked her about it. It took a few weeks (months?) before I finally got around to making it, but man, it’s still as good as I remember it.
Serves 6 to 8 people as a side, great to bring to a party
- 1 15-ounce can of black beans OR black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
- 1 11-ounce can of corn, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 pound tomatoes, coarsely chopped
- 2 firm and ripe avocados, cut into cubes
- 2/3 cup cilantro, chopped
- 2/3 cup green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar OR lime juice, to taste (see recipe notes)
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce (see recipe notes)
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt, to taste
- Ground black pepper, to taste
Put all ingredients in a large bowl, gently mix to coat. Add more seasonings as needed. Eat as-is or serve with corn chips!
- Instead of canned, I happened to use fresh corn this time: sliced it off the cob, put it in cold water, and drained it after it reached a boil.
- I’ve used more than one clove of garlic before and have been happy with the results. I have to keep in mind: is it safe to bring to work for lunch?
- The original recipe calls for red wine vinegar, but any sort of liquid acid will work reasonably well. (Maybe stay away from apple cider vinegar!)
- For the hot sauce, the original recipe says the “Taco Bell” version, but I simply grab my trusty bottle of Sriracha and run with that. (Two teaspoons didn’t seem to work for me — I like a little comfy heat — so I probably added closer to three total.)
- Lastly, the recipe said to throw in a little oil of some sort, but it doesn’t suffer whatsoever without it.