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What Is Cowboy Caviar? It’s Going Viral

A woman chops peppers, mixes them into a bowl with other veggies, and then eats them with a chip.
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There’s no shortage of viral recipes on TikTok, but that doesn’t mean we want less of them. Bring on the food! The latest thing to go viral is a dish known as Cowboy Caviar.

What is Cowboy Caviar, and how do you make it?

Cowboy Caviar appears to be a blend between pico de gallo and a dish crafted by Texas chef Helen Corbitt in the 1940s. Corbitt’s dish, called Texas Caviar, happened when she was asked to create a meal using only locally grown foods. In crafting the meal, she ended up pickling black-eyed peas and serving them as a dip—similar to caviar.

Now, TikTokers are making the recipe but blending it with what’s essentially pico de gallo. It’s going viral. So, is it new? No, it’s inspired by a classic Mexican dish and a historical recipe, but even if it’s not new, it does look delicious.

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Back at moms making cowboy caviar bitches! 🤠

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How do you make it? There are several different iterations floating around online, but the most popular ingredients seem to be chopped red, orange, and yellow bell pepper, chopped jalapeno, chopped red onion, corn, feta, pinto beans, and black beans.

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Once everything is combined, you’ll create a dressing using lime, olive oil, red wine vinegar, taco seasoning, and honey. Pour over your vegetable and beans mixture, and you’ve got Cowboy Caviar.

The next time you’re headed to a barbecue or party with friends, this viral TikTok recipe might need to be what you bring.

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