Trader Joe's Copycat Cowboy Caviar

Course: Condiment, Preserves
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 32 servings
Calories: 33kcal
Author: Lord Byron's Kitchen
Corn, black beans, tomatoes, red bell peppers, onions, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce; is there a better salsa combination?  Trader Joe's Copycat Cowboy Caviar is easy and delicious, and now you can stock your pantry with it and eat to your heart's content!
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  • 1 tablepoon olive oil
  • 1 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups corn, frozen or canned (drained)
  • 2 cups black beans, canned, rinsed and drained
  • 2 whole chipotles in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 whole lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  • In a large sauce pan, add the olive oil and onions.  Cook the onions over medium heat until translucent - about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the red bell pepper and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
  • Add all of the other ingredients and stir well to combine.  Lower the heat to simmer, place a lid on the sauce pan and allow to cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • In the meantime, prepare 8 250 ml jars by washing them thoroughly with hot, soapy water. Be sure to rinse the jars until the soap residue is gone. Set the jars aside. Next, boil a kettle full of water. Place the seals and jar rings into a large bowl. Pour the boiled water over top and let them sit.
  • Prepare your canning pot for the water bath method. I use a large stock pot with a round metal cooling rack at the bottom so that the jars do not touch the bottom of the pot. Fill the pot half full with water and bring to full boil.
  • Using a ladle, spoon the caviar into the prepared jars. I like to use a metal funnel to avoid any of the caviar coming into contact with the rim of the jar. This will help to create a better and safer seal. Fill the jar so that only 1/2 inch of head space remains. Remove the funnel and place a hot, sterilized seal on the jar. Screw on the lid until just snug. Be careful! The jar will be hot! Use a kitchen towel to hold the jar in place as you screw on the lid.
  • Using a jar lifter, place the filled jars into the large pot of boiling water. Bring the pot back to a boil and allow the jarred caviar to remain in the boiling water for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the jars and place on a kitchen towel where they will not be disturbed. As the jars cool, you’ll hear a popping sound. This is the hot liquid and air in the jar cooling down and contracting. This will create an air-tight seal and will allow you to store your relish for future consumption.
  • For best results, I recommend allowing the jars to sit undisturbed for at least 12 hours. With a damp cloth, wipe down the jars, re-tighten the lids, and store in a dark, cool place. The caviar will last for 12-18 months. Lastly, if you notice that a jar has not properly sealed, simply refrigerate that particular jar, and consume within the next 5-7 days. To test whether or not the jars are sealed, lightly press down on the seal. If the seal pops downward, the sealing process did not work. 


One serving is equal to 4 tablespoons.


Calories: 33kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 8.2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.5mg