Texas Caviar with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

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Texas Caviar with Grilled Pineapple Salsa: Easy-peasy, delicious and an absolutely no-cook recipe for a great party/bbq appetizer. It’s the addition of the grilled pineapple salsa that adds such a fun twist to this classic American recipe. Takes 10 minutes to make a large bowl. (Click the image to buy the RO*TEL® and Hunt’s® products at Walmart)

Texas Caviar Recipe with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

This Texas Caviar with Grilled Pineapple Salsa is one of my favorite summer party or bbq recipes.

It’s more of a ‘mix-in’ kind of a recipe that’s perfect to feed a large crowd and absolutely easy to make (not much chopping or assembling needed).

Ingredients for Texas Caviar Recipe

Texas Caviar with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

The only thing you have to do is grill the pineapple to adds a sweet twist to this classic American appetizer.

It was during my first trip to Texas (almost 12 yrs back) that I tasted the famous Texas Caviar which is also called Cowboy Caviar at my office BBQ party in Dallas.

The name itself was very intriguing and I was literally expecting a large serving of caviar (fish roe) with some sort of mix.

But to my surprise, it was actually a mixed beans + veggies salsa served with chips and were absolutely addicting!

I also came to know that the dish originated from Texas in 1940 and has ever been a favorite in parties. It’s actually a very healthy mix of ingredients.

So I came back with the recipe of ‘Texas Caviar’ and have been making it ever since.


How to Make Texas Caviar or Cowboy Caviar 

I’ve been making the recipe as is for many years till 2 years back when I decided to add a twist of grilled pineapple salsa to it.

All I did was grill some sliced pineapple for 2 minutes (I literally did this on my stovetop grill), chopped and mixed some leftover pickled jalapeno.

Then I added that chopped grilled pineapple salsa to the Texas Caviar recipe and my Texas Caviar with Grilled Pineapple Salsa was invented 🙂 and was an instant hit with family and friend.

Who doesn’t love that sweet-spicy-salty mix that’s actually pretty healthy to munch on.

So we usually make double the batch of all our events.

I also added a vinaigrette, which is very easy and made of basic everyday ingredients like oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

If you want any additional flavoring, you can add some celery salt and lime juice to it.

cowboy caviar in a big bowl



Since it’s a party/picnic recipe, I wanted to make it even easier hence, I added RO*TEL® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies and Hunt’s® Natural Diced Tomatoes to it (which I usually have stocked in the kitchen pantry from Walmart).

All you have to do now, is rinse some canned beans, chop onions, bell peppers and add the tomatoes from the cans and you are ready with the Texas Caviar with Grilled Pineapple Salsa within minutes.


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Yield: 8 People

Texas Caviar with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Texas Caviar Recipe with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Texas Caviar with Grilled Pineapple Salsa: Easy-peasy, delicious and an absolutely no-cook recipe for a great party/bbq appetizer.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 Can White Beans - (you can use any black eyed peas) rinsed and drained
  • 1 Can Black Beans - rinsed and drained
  • 1 Can Yellow Corn - drained
  • 1/2 Medium Green Bell Pepper - deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 Small Red Onion - finely chopped
  • 1 Can Rotel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 1/4 Can Hunt's® Natural Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Can Pineapple Slices - you may use fresh slices too
  • 1 Tbsp Jalapeno Pickle - finely chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro Leaves - chopped


  • 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Sugar
  • Pinch Tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt - as per taste
  • Pinch of Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil


Grilled Pineapple Salsa:

  1. Heat the grill and place the sliced pineapple on it for 2 minutes (or till they leave grill marks on the pineapple).
  2. Turn the pineapple to the other side and grill.
  3. Remove the grilled pineapple and chop into bite size pieces.
  4. Slice the pickled jalapeno and mix with chopped grilled pineapple.
  5. Keep aside.

Making the Texas Caviar:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and vegetable oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the other ingredients and grilled pineapple salsa together.
  3. Pour dressing over beans mixture and toss to coat.
  4. Serve Fresh or refrigerate till needed.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 500mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 20gSugar: 11gProtein: 23g


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29 Replies to "Texas Caviar with Grilled Pineapple Salsa"

  • Daniela Anderson July 4, 2017 (10:49 pm)

    It looks like a great dish, posh enough for any party or just a fancier meal with the family. Grilled pineapple salsa sounds yummy, I don’t usually use fruit in salsas, but I think I am missing out big time, it’s amazing.

    • Molly Kumar July 4, 2017 (11:29 pm)

      Oh thanks so much Daniela 🙂 I’ve also recently started adding fruits in many of the savory recipes and the flavors are amazing!!

  • Renz July 4, 2017 (10:47 pm)

    I saw caviar and pineapples and was like whaaat.. Never heard of Texas Caviar but it sounds delicious. Perfect for the summer time!!

    • Molly Kumar July 4, 2017 (11:35 pm)

      Hahahha, can so imagine that combination boggles us all 😉 Glad you liked the recipe.

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way July 4, 2017 (5:34 pm)

    I’ve heard of Texas Caviar but I’ve never tasted it. My mouth is watering as I’m reading what’s in it and your photos are drool worthy. We love our salsas but next family gathering has got to include this recipe.

    • Molly Kumar July 4, 2017 (11:49 pm)

      Aweee, Thanks Marisa and glad you liked it. It’s so simple yet refreshingly delicious!

  • Priya Srinivasan July 4, 2017 (12:19 pm)

    ha ha, you wont believe i was looking where is she adding the caviar? thank god, i have the habit of reading the entire post!!! 🙂
    Lovely salsa, i love that grilled pineapple, i m definitely going to try this cowboy caviar very soon!!!!

  • Noel Lizotte July 4, 2017 (10:42 am)

    Look at those grill marks on the pineapple slices!! LOVE!
    This is a perfect dish for summer picnics – a bit of spice, some sweetness and a bit cool, all at once!

    • Molly Kumar July 4, 2017 (11:57 pm)

      Oh, I Loooove Grill marks on fruit and thanks for noticing them 😉 I’m so glad you liked the recipe.

  • Linda @ foodhuntress July 4, 2017 (10:42 am)

    I love this type of snack. Sweet, salty, and tangy, is the best!

  • Adriana Lopez Martn July 4, 2017 (4:00 am)

    Oh yes baby love me some Texas caviar! The use of the grilled pineapple is unexpected ingredinet I bet it is great combination.

  • Karen July 4, 2017 (1:02 am)

    I love this combination of Texas caviar and pineapple salsa! What a great “invention!” I totally love Rotel too.

  • Maren July 4, 2017 (12:23 am)

    Can’t beat this combo of heat and sweet. I love Texan and Mexican flavors

  • Maren July 4, 2017 (12:22 am)

    This sounds so bright and flavorful. The heat plus the sweet you can’t go wrong. I love souther and Spanish flavors

  • Camilla July 3, 2017 (9:18 pm)

    I love grilled pineapple and mixed in with this salsa it takes it to a new level of deliciousness. Will have to try at my next BBQ:-)

  • Hanady | Recipe Nomad July 3, 2017 (8:07 pm)

    I love the grilled pineapple twist! What a perfect salsa for our July 4th picnic!

  • Catherine July 3, 2017 (7:42 pm)

    I am loving the fresh flavors of this delicious salsa…I could eat this all up!

  • Veena Azmanov July 3, 2017 (7:29 pm)

    I love recipes that feed a crowd especially when you have a big gap between the grilling. This would be a perfect dig in. Sounds so nutritious with all those beans. Love grilled pineapple twist. Yum.

  • Pam July 3, 2017 (7:12 pm)

    Cowboy caviar is so good. I love that you added grilled pineapple to take it to a whole new flavor level!

  • Stephanie July 3, 2017 (6:27 pm)

    Texas Caviar is seriously yummy stuff! Never had it with pineapple though! Sounds delish 🙂

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