This extremely simple redneck caviar dip comes together in five minutes and is the perfect appetizer to feed a crowd. This hearty dip is loaded with a sweet and salty mixture of canned vegetables, along with fresh veggies like onion and peppers that add just the right touch of heat.
I love this recipe because it is as simple as dumping all of the ingredients together and mixing them to combine. Well, not to mention, it is also really good! It is technically an appetizer but it is good enough to also serve as a fresh side dish too!
What is redneck caviar?
Redneck caviar is a simple rural dish that goes by many other names such as Hillbilly caviar, cowboy caviar, Carolina caviar, or southern caviar dip. Whatever you choose to call it, it is a delicious uncooked mixture of many different canned vegetables along with fresh onion, peppers, and a simple dressing. It is similar to a chunky salsa but loaded with non-traditional salsa ingredients like beans, black-eyed peas, and olives.
Zesty Italian dressing is commonly used to flavor this fresh dip, but I prefer to make my redneck caviar recipe with red wine vinegar as a dressing. When combined with a little olive oil and lime juice it creates a fresher flavor in my opinion.
- Canned black beans
- Canned black-eyed peas
- Canned corn - Fresh sweet corn can be substituted. It just needs to be cooked and sliced off the cob.
- Canned Ro-Tel tomatoes with green chilies - Regular canned diced tomatoes or fresh tomatoes can be substituted.
- Canned black olives - I really think these add a ton of flavor to the dip, so I don't recommend skipping them.
- Red onion - A sweet onion can be substituted, but I think red onions pack more flavor into this simple dip.
- Jalapeno pepper - Omit the jalapeno peppers if you don't want any heat in this dip. A green bell pepper is a good mild substitute.
- Red bell pepper - Yellow or red bell peppers also work well.
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Red wine vinegar - Apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar would also be a good substitute.
- Lime juice - You can use fresh lime juice or bottled.
- Corn chips for serving such as Tostitos scoops or standard tortilla chips.
How to make it
Prep the ingredients for this easy redneck caviar recipe by draining the liquid from the cans and dicing the vegetables. Add everything to a large bowl and stir to combine.
You can mix the red wine vinegar dressing separately in a small bowl if you wish, but there isn't really a benefit to doing so. It is easier to just add the olive oil, vinegar, and lime juice right in with the vegetables and stir everything together.
Customize this dip
The great thing about this easy recipe is how easy you can customize it. There aren't any specific rules to follow, just add more or less of the ingredients you care most about. Here are some ideas for additional veggies to add-in:
- Green onions
- Fresh parsley
- Fresh cilantro
How to store it
This is a great dip to make in advance. However, you can expect it to continue to expel liquid as it sits, making it a little soupy. This isn't a bad thing though, the liquid is very flavorful. This appetizer should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoyed within 4 days.
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- 15 ounces canned black beans drained
- 15 ounces canned black-eyed peas drained
- 15 ounces canned corn drained
- 20 ounces canned Ro-Tel tomatoes drained
- 7 ounces canned black olives sliced
- 1 red onion diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper diced
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Tortilla chips
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir together with a spatula.
- Serve immediately with tortilla chips.