Creamy Cowboy Caviar is a fresh, flavorful dip that is perfect for any picnic, potluck, or party, and is made in under 15 minutes! This is an indulgent version of Texas Caviar with a creamy, cheesy sauce. It’s popular for reason and we make this chip all year long. It makes a big batch so it is an ideal party appetizer. From game day to poolside or even Cinco de Mayo, there’s a great reason to whip up this scrumptious dip!
Creamy Cowboy Caviar
Have you heard of Cowboy Caviar? It’s sometimes called Mexican Caviar or Texas Caviar. Our recipe includes corn and seasoned tomatoes in a creamy sauce. Everybody loves dipping Fritos in it! However, for a lighter snack, you can also dip crisp bell peppers in it as well. Pretty much anything you like to dip will work. Think tortilla chips, wheat crackers, or veggies.
Creamy Cowboy Caviar Ingredients
Whole kernel corn, drained
Shredded cheddar cheese
In a large mixing bowl with a spatula or spoon, combine all of the ingredients. Kids are great at helping with this part! If you have kids around, get them involved and show them how easy this recipe is to make. They’ll be so proud to serve the dip they made to everyone. Do you have kids who like to cook? We have lots of kid-friendly recipes they can help with!
Rather than serving the dip in the large mixing bowl, I like to transfer the dip into a more presentable bowl. It makes dipping Fritos, chips, or veggies easier. If you like chip dips, you have to see our potato chip dip as well as our sloppy joe dip! All of our appetizer recipes are versatile crowd-pleasers. If you love all things cowboy, DO NOT MISS our extremely popular Cowboy Cornbread Casserole.
If you ask me, the trick to the best possible cowboy caviar is to cover it and allow it to chill for an hour before serving. The chill time helps the flavors marinate. When it is nice and cold, it also has a thicker texture! Be sure to stir it one last time before serving and keep the leftovers refrigerated.
To spice up the cowboy caviar a little more, consider using the hot Rotel tomatoes, adding sliced jalapeno, or adding a few spoonfuls of salsa. It’s wonderful with avocado slices on top with some cracked pepper. Additionally, fresh lime juice is a tasty twist if you like!
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Cowboy Caviar Recipe
- Large mixing bowl
- Spatula or mixing spoon
- Measuring cups
- Serving bowl
- Plastic wrap or foil
- 2 cans whole kernel corn, drained
- 1 can Rotel, drained (these diced tomatoes and green chilies)
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 6-8 pieces of green onion, sliced/chopped
- 1 cup sour cream, light or regular
- 1 cup mayonnaise, light or regular
- Fritos, chips, crackers, or veggies for dipping
- Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl
- Gently mix until fully combined with a spatula or spoon
- Transfer the dip to a serving bowl
- Cover with plastic wrap or foil
- Refrigerate for 1 hour
- Serve chilled
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator