This Redneck Caviar Dip with avocado is a party in a bowl that everyone loves!
This recipe uses fresh summer vegetables and beans and it’s perfect for potlucks and tailgating, and it’s sure to be a hit with your family and friends.
What is Redneck Caviar?
Essentially, this appetizer recipe isn’t really caviar at all, but I think you guessed that.
I mean, if we’re eating caviar in the cab of the tractor, we’re clearly in the minority!!
Instead, this version is composed of simple, inexpensive ingredients that you probably already have in your well stocked pantry.
Everything in this redneck caviar dip is chopped into little pieces, giving it a “caviar” quality. Oooh la la!!
I’ve heard this also called cowboy caviar, Carolina caviar, Texas caviar, hillbilly caviar…basically everyone wants their name on it! I hereby coin the phrase farm girl caviar, wink wink!!
No matter what you call it, this has on the best on the border flavors of black beans, corn, onions, peppers, and avocado all tossed in a sweet and tangy dressing. Yum!
The result is a flavorful, tangy dip that pairs perfectly with tortilla chips or crackers – or you can get crazy and eat it with a spoon as a salad type dish.
If you have frozen sweet corn, this is the perfect opportunity to put it to use. It’s also a fabulous side for all your taco recipes!
I love this recipe because it has all the colors of the rainbow! Isn’t it beautiful? Here’s what you’ll need to pile up on your kitchen counter to get started.
- Black beans – make your own black beans from dried or take the easy route and use canned black beans. Pinto beans are nice, too!
- Whole kernel sweet corn – canned or frozen work in this recipe. Here in Illinois if it’s summertime, use some fresh corn while the getting’s good!
- small red onion – you’ll need about half a cup. You can also use white onion or yellow onion. Whatever you grabbed at the grocery store or farmers market is great.
- Bell Peppers – The photo above has red bell pepper, but green pepper or other colors work too. These peppers are sweet rather than spicy.
- Jalapeno Pepper – speaking of jalapeno, if you use fresh, you’ll likely want to remove the spicy seeds and white membrane. Be sure to wash your hands well after handling these spicy little guys. You can also use pickled jarred jalapenos from your fridge.
- Olive oil
- Lime juice
- Spices – dive into your spice rack and grab some garlic, salt, smoked paprika, pepper.
- Avocado – perfect for all the guacamole lovers, this fruit gives a creamy boost to every bite.
- Tortilla chips or for serving. If you’re serving this as a dip, you’ll need some short of chips. If you’re eating this as a salad, grab a fork to dig in!
See the recipe card below for full quantities of everything.
To make the dish, all you have to do is finely chop up some fruits and veggies and mix them together with some seasonings.
And yes, some of these are fruits!
Add a sweet and tangy homemade dressing using pantry ingredients and you’re good to go!!
A mason jar works well, as does a small bowl and whisk.
Part of the beauty of cooking at home is that you can modify a recipe to suit your family’s taste buds. Here are a few ideas for you.
- Add fresh tomatoes – if you have them in your garden, add them! Cherry tomatoes, roma tomatoes, grape tomatoes…they’re all great!
- Add a little chopped green onions on top for garnish.
- Change out the beans. You can use black-eyed peas, pinto beans or even chickpeas.
- If you aren’t a cilantro fan, you can use fresh chopped parsley instead.
There is so much you can do with this recipe! Who knew a healthy dip could have so much versatility??!
Make it cheesy – It’s delicious with feta cheese or cojita cheese sprinkled on top!
Like it spicy? Add some extra chopped jalapeno peppers or diced green chiles. You may want to let guests know they’re in there so they’re prepared for an extra redneck kick. 😉
How to serve this redneck dip
This can be served as a dip with tortilla chips or corn chips (Frito Scoops, anyone??!), or served as a salad for a healthy side dish.
Grilling up burgers? Put a big ‘ole spoonful of this on top of burgers or add a dollop to top some honey mustard grilled chicken.
Having a taco bar party? This would be a perfect addition!
- Cut the avocado right before serving to prevent it from getting brown.
- Serve this as a side dish, on tacos, or with chips.
- You can make the dressing a day ahead and refrigerate it. Be sure to pull it out of the fridge about an hour before you need it so the oil will loosen up and come to temperature.
How to store leftovers
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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If you make this easy redneck caviar recipe, leave a recipe review or comment below. I’d love to hear from you!
For the Salad
- 3 cups black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup red onion, minced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced very small
- 1/2 green bell pepper, diced small
- 1 jalapeño, seedless, minced small, optional
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, lightly chopped
For the dressing
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 large avocado, diced
- Tortilla chips for serving
- Combine the black beans, corn, onion, peppers, jalapeno, and cilantro in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, honey, garlic, salt, paprika, and black pepper.
- Pour the vinaigrette over the bean mixture and toss to combine.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Before serving, add diced avocado to the salad.
*To use fresh sweet corn instead of canned sweet corn, use about 2 cups.
To make this dip recipe ahead of time, combine the salad ingredients. Mix the dressing ingredients in a mason jar and refrigerate. Dress the salad about 30 minutes before serving.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 429Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 539mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 16gSugar: 7gProtein: 14g