Texas Caviar Bean Dip for Cinco de Mayo Day

Enjoy this popular Texas Caviar Bean Dip recipe for Cinco de Mayo Day or any weekend gathering, Game Day, potluck, or party! Made with your favorite beans and veggies, with a kick of jalapeno chile pepper, grab your favorite chips and dig in! This post has been updated with new photography and text!

Texas Caviar Bean Dip

Are you entertaining a crowd this weekend? Enjoy this Texas Caviar Bean Dip for Cinco de Mayo Day, or any weekend of the year!

Or, have you been invited out? Then you’ll want to bring a giant bowl of this Texas Caviar Bean Dip recipe! Your friends will love you!

For us, the latter. We’re happy to be biting into our friends delicious cooking, but we’re also contributing to the meal. I’ll be taking one of our family-favorite recipes that can used as a salad, or as a dip!

Texas Caviar Bean Dip

Texas Caviar Bean Dip

You hear, The Secret is in the Sauce, which is true for this recipe. It involves some prepping, and a tiny bit of cooking, but overall the time involved is well worth it.

You may like it Southern style, the way my friend Robyn makes it, or a little healthier made with jicama (yum), or without the beans, how about making a Cowboy Pasta Salad, the way my friend Amy makes it?

Don’t forget my Pineapple Caviar Pineapple Dip (yummmmm!), and Cowboy Caviar Quinoa is a mashup of the classic cowboy caviar salsa and a healthy quinoa side, from Oh Sweet Basil.

If you leave out the avocados, it’s great leftover!

The next day, add more veggies and enjoy for another party!

Margaritas, bowls of guacamole and chips, tacos and the gathering of good friends are all signs of a successful Cinco de Mayo fiesta.

What’s your favorite Mexican dish to take to a party?

Texas Caviar Bean Dip

Texas Caviar Bean Dip

Salad or dip recipe from the book, The Reluctant Entertainer, Bethany House 2009


  • 2 (15 oz.) cans Bush’s black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans Bush’s pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Bush’s cannellini beans
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans white corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies, do not drain
  • 1 jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1-2 avocados (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, mix the black beans, pinto beans, white corn, green chilies, jalapeno, red and green peppers, red onion, celery, and cilantro together.
  2. To make the dressing, stir the rice vinegar, olive oil, sugar, cumin, and garlic powder together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and cool. Pour dressing over bean mixture and toss to mix evenly.
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This recipe is included in my book, The Reluctant Entertainer, a great gift idea. If you want to buy on Amazon, go here.

Texas Caviar Bean Dip for Cinco de Mayo Day

16 comments on “Texas Caviar Bean Dip for Cinco de Mayo Day”

  1. Cinco de Mayo isn’t a big deal here in Canada. But I like to honour it anyways – we’ll be digging in to guacamole and fish tacos. Yum.

  2. I bet I’ve like this “caviar” better than the real stuff! :)

  3. Love this stuff! Now I’m definitely making it this weekend–I think I’ll add it to a chicken enchilada recipe I saw in Country Living. Getting hungry just thinking about it!

  4. We had something like this at a very fancy restaurant in LV and I’ve been trying to re-create it…..thanks for the help.
    Happy Day

  5. Yum, yum, yum!! I love Cinco de Mayo! I’ve seen this recipe mentioned different places, but I’ve never had the actual recipe–thank you for sharing it. Aren’t Bush’s beans just the best? Readily available almost anywhere and always good quality. I love high-quality canned goods. It makes me happy to see them stacked in my pantry. :)

    Thank you so very, very much for the KitchenAid giveaway. I am pinching myself–I can’t BELIEVE I won! When I entered, I thought, “Well, someone has to win, right?” But I really didn’t think it would be me. I’m so happy!!

  6. My husband makes a variation of this and everybody loves it! Sometimes, he will roast corn on cob out on the grill and use that instead of canned corn – gives it a wonderful flavor. Now you’ve gone and made me hungry for some! Since we are going to friends’ house on Saturday evening, maybe we need to get in there and whip up a batch of this to take with us!

  7. I love this stuff! I’ve made it a ton of times before but never cooked the sauce. I’ll have to try cooking it this weekend and see if it tastes different. Thanks for the inspiration to throw an impromptu party. I have some cute festive lights and a darling sombero chip and dip I should bring out. Don’t you just love a good guacamole?! Happy Cinco de Mayo! :)

  8. This looks so good, thanks for adding it to my post yesterday! I’ve had Texas caviar only a few times, but I love it! Can’t wait to try your version.


  9. LOVE this! So delicious and everyone loves it!

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  12. This seems like it makes a lot! Can you freeze it?

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