Cowboy Caviar Nachos

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This recipe, my lovely friends, is pretty typical me, but yet, special. What is Cowboy Caviar? It’s simply black eyed peas, shoepeg corn, petite diced tomatoes, onion, cilantro and diced jalapenos in a red wine or balsamic (based on my mood) vinaigrette.

Y’all – It’s Southern Black Eyed Pea Salsa.

IMGP70 copyI’ve made so many picos and salsas. But this one I recreate over and over. I cannot get enough of it, and I want to share my ideas with y’all about using these versatile dishes.

I could literally make nachos out of ANYTHING. I so do that.

Cowboy caviar?

IMGP7574Hell. Yeah.

IMGP7551I make this probably weekly or every other week, depending on how fast it goes from the fridge. And I make it differently every time depending on what I have on hand.

IMGP7515It’s definitely a staple when I’m working. Since I work 12 hour shifts I eat a tiny breakfast, have lunch and then I’m just a little hungry when I get home around 8. I don’t want a big meal – especially when I have to go to work the next morning, but I do want a little something. It’s easy to pull a bowl of this out of the fridge and snack on it with pita or tortilla chips.

Then I’m good, and it’s time to get ready for the next 12.

Today I poured it over Tostito Scoops, covered it with cheese and baked it. Then topped them with an avocado cream sauce.

Here’s your printable-

Cowboy Caviar Nachos with Avocado Cream


  • 1 14.5 oz. can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14.5. oz. can petite diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed
  • 1 11 oz. can white shoepeg corn
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 fresh jalapeno peppers, washed, 1 diced and 1 sliced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped (save some for topping)
  • Tortilla chips
  • 1 fresh jalapeno, washed and sliced into discs to top nachos
  • 1 avocado, ripe and mashed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/3 cup whole cream (or whole milk)
  • Salt to taste


  • In a large mixing bowl combine peas through pepper.
  • Whisk the olive oil, vinegar, salt and cilantro together. Combine with pea mixture, cover and refrigerate.
  • Meanwhile, mash the avocado, sour cream, lime juice and whole cream (or milk) together. Salt to taste.
  • To serve, place chips on a plate and spoon pea salsa over, followed by avocado cream, jalapeno slices and fresh cilantro.


  • Laura@Baking in Pyjamas
    May 25, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Yum, this looks delicious. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

  • April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    May 21, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Visiting via Mel’s Inspire Me Wednesday. Your Nachos are beautiful! Pinned 🙂

  • Jann Olson
    May 21, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Hi, just hopping by to let you know that I will be featuring at SYC this week.

  • Jann Olson
    May 20, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    I love me some nachos and cowboy caviar! I don’t make it often, but will do so now. Love the idea of using the scoops! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  • Jennifer Johnson
    May 20, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Um yes!!!! Nacho anything is good. These look incredible.

  • Julie@ Sweet and Spicy Monkey
    May 17, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Cowboy Caviar…I love it! And vegetarian too 😉 Pinning this & thanks for sharing!!

  • Mel {MamaBuzz}
    May 16, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Oh my, these look so delicious! The avocado cream sauce carried me over the edge; definitely have to make these. Thanks so much for sharing on Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in next week’s issue.

  • Virginia
    May 14, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Sounds delicious AND easy! Thanks for the recipe. Pinning.

  • Mommiebear2
    May 13, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    That looks fantastic!!

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