Cowboy Caviar

Birthday month is finally over.

Joe is now 5, Leila is now 3, and I am now tired.

Jeff’s birthday in March begins birthday month where we have 3 birthdays and many more celebrations, including Easter, in a span of 30 days.  For someone who doesn’t like to bake, I’ve made a lot of cakes and treats this month.

One of the most popular of the non-baked items that I served this month was something I call “Cowboy Caviar”.  The recipe is adapted from one of the very first cards I ever stuck in my recipe box.  My Ant Kris (yes, we spell her name “Ant” on purpose) calls her version “Mexican Caviar”.  I remember eating it at family barbecues growing up.  This dip was where everyone tended to gather around, it has that addictive quality to it.  The exact same thing happened in our house the other night.  I kept finding little groups gathered around going back for more.

The dip is a cinch to make, and you can play around with the ingredients.  I always do.  Throw it together then let it chill while you get ready for the party.  Serve with your favorite chip, then eat the leftovers on top of eggs the next morning (if there are any leftovers, we usually don’t have any!).

Birthday month is over.  Don’t let us catch you hangin’ around these parts again…unless you bring your own cake.

Cowboy Caviar

A salsa-style dip perfect for summer!
5 from 2 votes


  • 1 large can black olives drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 4 oz. can hot diced green chiles
  • 2 to matoes chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions chopped
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed (I prefer Eden Organic)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 Tbsp. cilantro chopped
  • 3 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • dash salt & pepper


  • Mix all ingredients together, let chill for 1-2 hours or until ready to serve.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.


  • Ant April 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Wow,…I made your blog!!! YAY me!!

    • inspiredrd April 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Yay you! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Eileen April 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, that looks delicious!! Pinning…
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • inspiredrd April 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks for pinning the recipe Eileen!

  • Jessie April 22, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I may have gone back a few times, claiming to
    fill my children’s plates. In reality it was just my plate every time.

    • inspiredrd April 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Don’t worry, I won’t tell 🙂

  • hannah singer April 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    wow. NEED.

    and y’all are the most adorable little fam. xo

    • inspiredrd April 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks Hannah 🙂

  • Gluten Dude April 23, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Both of my kids and my wife are November birthdays. Package that between Halloween and Thanksgiving, and by December we are begging for mercy.

  • Melanie @ Nutritious Eats April 23, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Love these kinds of recipes- this would be great over grilled chicken. Cute pic!

  • Marisa April 23, 2012 at 11:10 am

    This recipe looks fantastic and your family is just ADORABLE!!

  • Amber @ Chocolate Broccoli April 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

    YUM! I love me some Cowboy Caviar! Pinned:)

  • katie jones May 8, 2012 at 6:13 am

    this looks super delish – i cant wait to give this recipe a whirl!

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  • Rachel @RunningRachel December 31, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    5 stars

  • Amy @laundrydayblues May 5, 2013 at 8:18 am

    This looks sooo yummy! This will be in my recipe box now for sure!

  • Debbie @ Deliciously Inspired May 5, 2013 at 8:24 am

    This looks delicious and I am going to make today. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Debbie @ Deliciously Inspired May 5, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I feel for you. When my children were small – I had 3 birthdays all in the same week (my mom, my husband and my daughter) right as the holiday season was getting started. There were years I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. Really enjoy reading your blog and the pictures are so fun.