Cowboy Caviar in Homemade Tortilla Cups

It’s time for Week 3 of the Dog Days of Winter Series and this week it’s all about Pinning It and Making It!

So how many of you have heard of Cowboy Caviar? In case you haven’t yet, its a delicious salsa like dip filled with corn, avocados, beans, cilantro and tons of other wonderful southwest flavors. It’s been a favorite in my family for a long time. We generally serve it with basic tortilla chips but was planning on bringing this this dish to a nice engagement party and wanted to make them a little more elegant. And that’s when I found this recipe from Cheryl over at Tidy Mom. I just fell in love with those beautiful homemade tortilla cups and thought they would make the perfect addition to my dish!


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Cowboy Caviar in Homemade Tortilla Cups

And here is my version! My photos may not be as pretty as Cheryl’s but mmm mmm mmm they sure were tasty!

Cheryl used her own version of Cowboy Caviar but I decided to use a recipe that I got from my mom, who got it from a friend, who got it from her sister and so on. I’ve tried several different Cowboy Caviar recipes and this one is by far my favorite! And those little cups… SO easy to make!

Cowboy Caviar in Homemade Tortilla Cups
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southwestern
Homemade Tortilla Cups filled with Cowboy Caviar, a mix of corn, avocados, tomatoes and wonderful Southwestern flavors.
  • 1 can Shoepeg Corn
  • 1 can 15.5 oz Blackeyed Peas (drained)
  • 2 Avocados chopped
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes chopped
  • ⅔ cup Cilantro chopped
  • ⅔ cup Green Onions chopped
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Pressed
  • ¾ tsp. Kosher Salt
  • ⅓ tsp. Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Cummin
  • 1 package of mini White Corn Tortillas
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place a stack of 4 tortillas inside damp paper towels and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  3. Take the tortillas and mold them inside of a muffin tin. You'll want to gently press them into the pan and slightly molding them. Make sure they don't collapse too much or you won't be able to put any caviar into them!
  4. Place inside the oven for 20-25 minutes or until browned and crispy.
  5. Let them cool.
  6. In the mean time, combine all of the ingredients above and toss until evenly coated.
  7. Take a spoonful of Cowboy Caviar and fill each up. Topping it off with fresh cilantro.
  8. Enjoy!



Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. Jackie B says

    I have never had it without heating the oil, vinegar and sugar before, nor with avocados and cilantro. I guess ther are many different recipes!

  2. says

    Oh my goodness!! I just got introduced to this stuff. The variation is a little bit different (it has sugar and italian dressing mixed in it) but it is oh-soo-good. Seriously addicting stuff. I love love love love love it.

  3. says

    This app looks so delish Taryn. I’ve had cowboy cavier from Costco but I bet homemade tastes so much better. And those tortilla cups are too cute. So, I gotta try this for my next party. I’m not the best cook but this is up my alley. I love making up appetizers. Love the new look too btw!

  4. says

    OMG I made this twice and it was so freaking amazing. I seriously can’t get enough of this. I feel like I have to strap on a feed bag and just go to town. And it’s really good for you!!

  5. Linda Brummett says

    Looks very yummy! Saw a tip that said you could make little tortilla cups by turning your muffin tins upside down and putting the tortillas in those spaces. Makes them looke just like the big ones.


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