The Freshman Cook: Cowboy Caviar/BBQWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BBQWeek. The sponsors Rainier Foods and Intensity Academy generously provided samples to participants to aid in the creation of the #BBQWeek recipes and prize packages to give away to the readers.  However, all opinions are mine alone.

Today, for #BBQWEEK I have a fun and tasty side dish for you that you will love! This dish makes the perfect addition to your next picnic or backyard BBQ. But I think you will find yourself making this easy appetizer over and over, all year long. This is a fun and tasty Cowboy Caviar.

This dish might remind you of a salsa, and it is very similar, but with more flavors! Serve with crackers or pita bread, for an amazing side dish or appetizer. Cowboy Caviar is rich with flavors such as chili peppers, pinto beans, and onion, just to name a few, and you will love them! I like to make this tasty appetizer the day before it will be served. The ingredients have time to meld together for a fantastic flavor, creating a dish you will make again and again!


(printable recipe at end of page)

2/3 cup mix Red, Yellow & Orange Bell Peppers 

2/3 cup mix of Yellow & Red Mini Tomatoes

1/2 cup White Onion

1/2 cup Roma Tomatoes

1 ear mixed Yellow and White Corn

1/4 cup Green Onion 

1 cup Pinto Beans

1/2 cup Black Eyed Peas

1/2 teaspoon Jalapeno Pepper

squeeze of a Lime

1 tablespoon Sour Cream

1/2 Avocado

Tortilla Chips


Chop red, yellow, and orange peppers into small pieces. Chop tomatoes into small pieces, as shown. Dice the white onion into small pieces.

Chop the Roma tomatoes into small bite sized pieces. 

Cut small slices of the green onion and add it to the mix.

Boil or cook the corn in the microwave, on high for 3-4 minutes, depending on the size. I used a yellow and white mix combo corn cob, but all white or all yellow will work also. Once the corn is cool, cut the corn off the cob. Some of the corn will cut into small pieces and some into bigger pieces. The pieces will separate once you add them to the mix.

Chop the cilantro into small pieces.  Add the pinto beans, the black-eyed peas, and the chopped jalapeno. Squeeze the lime over the ingredients, then mix together. Add sour cream to the bowl. Mix everything together. Cut the avocado into small chunks. Mix them into the bowl. Leave a few chunks to top the bowls.  Serve with tortilla chips and flatbread wedges.

Helpful hints:

*Add the avocado right before serving. By doing this you are helping the avocado maintain it’s structure.

* I used fresh ingredients in this recipe, except for the canned pinto and black beans.

* The corn can be boiled or grilled, instead of cooked in the microwave. 

Take a look at all the other #BBQWEEK food bloggers who are participating today, and check out their fun and tasty recipes. They all look amazing, giving you a lot of inspiration for summer meals, cookouts, and get togethers!



This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BBQWeek. The sponsors, Rainier Foods and Intensity Academy generously provided samples to participants to aid in the creation of the #BBQWeek recipes and prize packages to give away to the readers. However, all opinions are mine alone.

Thank you #BBQWeek sponsors Saucy Queen and Rainier Foods for donating the prizes for this event.  The #BBQWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up.  All entries for the winner are checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness.  The number of entries received determines the odds of winning.

Two (2) winners are selected at random from entries received. The prize packages are fulfilled by and sent directly from the giveaway sponsors.  #BBQWeek bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household are not eligible to enter or win the giveaway.  No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #BBQWeek posts or entries.

Welcome to the third annual #BBQWeek hosted by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. We are excited to have 15 bloggers sharing over 50 recipes this week as we head toward grilling season. The amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for the #BBQWeek giveaway. The giveaway is below, but make sure to read about the prize packages and our generous sponsors!

The Intensity Academy Saucy Queen has competed in the fiery food industry for over 15 years. Her all-natural gourmet hot sauces have more than 55 national awards. In 2019, the Saucy Queen earned the Tampa Bay Businesswoman of the Year in Manufacturing, Business Leader’s Woman Extraordinaire and Working Women of Tampa Bay’s! Not only does she sell amazing sauces, spice mixes, and dips, but she has anchored her career in service and non-profit organizations and helping local companies take their products from recipe to store shelves.

A prize package of 4 popular sauces:

  • Carrot Karma – A mild hot sauce made from a blend of carrots, habaneros, and a touch of lime.
  • Garlic Goodness – An essential garlic hot sauce! Each batch contains over 100 pounds of slow roasted garlic.
  • Honey Hype – A blend of crystalized honey natural rub. The crystalized honey melts perfectly over meats and veggies.
  • Chai Sweet Chili – A light sauce made with peppers and organic Chai tea that won the 2012 Golden Chile award.

Rainier Foods Prize Package

Life’s too short for boring food, spice it up with Rainier Foods. Rainier Foods is a family company located in the shadow of Mt. Rainier. They have a dedication to provide premium quality food products. Rainier Foods can source the best ingredients available to help you create delicious meals which sets them apart from other companies. All their products are made locally ensuring their products are the best that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. A portion of all sales are donated to the Washington National Park Fund.

A prize package of a meat thermometer and trio of spice mixes:

  • Meater+ wire-free meat thermometer – monitor your cooking from a phone or tablet. Monitors internal and ambient temperature at the same time.
  • The Essentials Seasoning – Salt, garlic, and pepper are the essentials of most seasonings. Three different types of sea salt blend with garlic and pepper in this delicious seasoning.
  • Smoky Honey Seasoning & Rub – Made with Pacific Northwest clover honey, Cherrywood Smoked Sea Salt, and Smoked Paprika. This seasoning blend creates a deliciously sticky and sweet flavor on anything you grill.
  • Gochu (Go-Choo) Seasoning & Rub – Gochugaru Chilis combine with sea salt and pepper along with a few other spices makes this blend unique adding an unmatchable flavor profile to everything you cook.

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