March 18, 2013—Fearlessly Archived—Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
Legend has it that the Cowboy Caviar concept was originally developed around 1930 for an "all Texas" menu at a high-end department store. The head chef was mandated to include black-eyed-peas on the menu. Since she personally loathed the legumes, to make them palatable, she pickled them with onions, creating a salad-esque salsa that has since become a cult classic.
We love culinary creations that inspire elaborate fandom, and we've had good success with our other less-than-ordinary salsa, so… Strap on your spurs, Trader Joe's Cowboy Caviar Salsa is now in your town. Instead of black-eyed peas, however, our “caviar” of choice is black beans that are mixed together with corn, onions and red bell peppers. Pickled in a blend of chipotle peppers, adobo sauce and lime juice concentrate, this crunchy, savory salsation carries Southwestern character and enough heat to take note. It's a natural partner to chips and makes a delicious fish taco topping. Gluten-free, fat-free, low in sodium and vegan, Cowboy Caviar Salsa will make you wave your hat in the air, especially at just $2.49 for a 13 ounce jar.