Hi ho silver & let them eat caviar (Cowboy Caviar, that is!)

First, let's lasso up them ingredients! (Excuse the grammar, we cowfolks talk like that.)

Welcome to the Old West, you cowfolk.  I hope everyone is hungry.  Someone get the grill going.  How ’bout if you play your guitar?  Something like Home, Home on the Range?  Gracias, amigo.  Now, some of you want to come into the kitchen and make some Caviar?  A special recipe just for Cowboys.  That’s what Lori said.

Who’s Lori, you ask?  Lori works with me at the school and last week she brought us buckaroos a bowl of Cowboy Caviar.  We eyed the “caviar” curiously.  She supplied tortilla chips.  We dug in.  We ate, and continued to eat, and chimed in “Hey, Vaquero!  We want the recipe!”

Now let's get out our knives & such. Chop, dice, open cans, stir. No guns allowed at dinner!

So Lori emailed the recipe from her chuckwagon.  And I just happen to have a potluck party to attend tomorrow.  Thus, this afternoon’s chore involved making the grub.

Here’s the recipe.  (I’ll tell you the “official” recipe first and then tell you how this wrangler changed it…)

Cowboy Caviar

Boil together:

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

JUST until the sugar dissolves.



1 red onion

4 stalks celery

1 red pepper

1 green pepper


1 can black-eyed peas

1 can pinto beans or black beans

1 can corn and add to vegetable mixture.

Gently mix into liquid mixture, CHILL, Stir before serving.

Better than cows on the grill. OK, if you must eat your cows, have some caviar as a side dish. Yum, yum, ride 'em cowboys!

Got that, buckaroos? 

Now here’s what the range boss added, just because she can’t stand following recipes without being creative:

1/2 cup cilantro

a spicy pepper from our garden (a long green jobbie that has just a tiny jalapeno-ish bite)

Oh, and I only used 2 T. of olive oil instead of a 1/2 cup.  Your choice, Cowfolk!

And when you're done lickin' your chops, could a couple of you cowboys come over with your chainsaws? We've got a few downed trees that need to be chopped up.

Some of you may have heard the rumor about the wild wind and gale warnings in these neck of the woods last night.  It was CRAZY!  I heard between a half-dozen and a dozen trees crash to the ground.  Although none on our ranch, thank goodness.

The waves out there on Superior were bucking like broncos with waves predicted in excess of 20 feet.  I don’t know that they were that high.  But the wind roared, the power flickered and went off three times, and the cows bellowed out in the pasture.  (OK, disregard the last part of that sentence and eat some more Caviar.)

There is a tree halfway down across the road, and therefore I am calling for a cowboy or six to come and cut it up.  Your reward:  some beans and veggies.  You bring your own cow for the grill.  We do have some leftover barbecue sauce in the frig.

OK, all you cowpokes!  Enough of this fun.  We have to get back to work.  But if you’re curious about Why the Heck this stuff is called Cowboy Caviar…here’s what you do.  Head over to this blog One Perfect Bite and read the explanation of the origins of Cowboy Caviar.  I’m not going to tell another word except it involved a honcho who didn’t like black-eyed peas.  You can read this author’s version of the Caviar.  If you try both, let us know which you like best!

Swingin’ on into the sunset…can’t you just hear that horse-hummin’ music? (Ba-dump-ba-dump…  Ba-dump-ba-dump…Happy Trails to you, until we meet again…)  Hi ho silver!!

Until the cows come home, your blogging Biscuit Shooter.  (a Biscuit Shooter was slang for da cook.)

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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34 Responses to Hi ho silver & let them eat caviar (Cowboy Caviar, that is!)

  1. Err…Howdy Pardner!

    Kathy, I must apologise…I don’t speak cowboy language myself, although I followed the story, no trouble at all. Watching all those episodes of “Bonanza” as a kid came in handy after all. Lol.

    This recipe is a must to try. I’ll let you know what the wanna be cowboys over here think of it, when we try it out.

    I’ll be back later to check out what all of your genuine cowfolk have to say. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Yep, Joanne, it was all those episodes of Bonanza that helped with this one. (And googling “Cowboy terms”!) It’s been a slow weekend on the blog–Labor Day weekend here, a holiday–so it might be a while before some of the genuine cowfolk get on over here.

  2. Jeff Stroud says:

    Cute blog, I think I will have to try making me some cowboy caviar for the next rodeo, or whatever!

    Have a great weekend!

    I am Love, Jeff

    • Kathy says:

      Jeff, hope you have a great weekend, too! Can’t remember when I had so much fun writing a blog. Told Barry on Friday that I was writing a blog about Cowboy Caviar and he basically insinuated that would be the most boring blog on the planet. Had to SHOW him! (He writes a column for the local newspaper and my column is here…so you can see we sometimes gets into dueling columns. LOL!)

  3. Carol says:

    Sounds good, so next time I need a dip of some sort, I’ll try this. I’ve developed a new fondess for black beans mixed with other veggie stuff – like sweet potatoes – so this should be right up my alley. And it’s different than the usual salsa or onion dip too!

    • Kathy says:

      Carol, wonder whether anyone at the party will say it’s good? I love black beans–and sweet taters–so will have to try your mix. Sounds mouth-wateringly good today. Maybe cuz it’s almost lunch time!

  4. Dawn says:

    It looks really pretty!

  5. Susan D. says:

    Absolutely priceless blog! Perfect ending to a perfect day.

    That was some might fine advanced Cow Girl talk. Takes me back to bein’ knee high to a grasshopper and listening to my grandpa singing “The Streets of Laredo” ….

    Now, I’m hungry for some hardtack to go ‘long with the CC. ❤

    • Kathy says:

      Susan D, did you laugh? I hope you laughed! I laughed so hard while writing this that I almost fell off my horse! Read it to Barry last night on the deck and he laughed like crazy. Read it to Kiah this morning on the phone (she doesn’t have a computer right now) and she said, “Mom, you’re crazy.” Whatcha think?

  6. emaclean says:

    I reckon’ your days of wranglin’ that lake are over for the season! Just think back a week to the blog of your hooves in that big bucket of water!

  7. holessence says:

    Oh, I love it — and the recipe, to boot!

    (pun intended) 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Good pun, Laurie! I should have called you for puns when writing this yesterday. Every time one popped in the brain my heart wouldn’t stop giggling. Hope you’re having a great weekend! Is your blog world slow too on this holiday?

  8. Slower than a herd of turtles in a jar of peanut butter!

  9. barb says:

    Thanks, Buckeroo (uhhh – Kathy). This seems simple enough that even I would be able to throw it together. I like the colors of it, too. I say if a food looks colorful, half the battle is won.

  10. Tammy McLeod says:

    someone brought this to a potluck at my home a couple of years ago and I fell in love. So delicious, so easy!

  11. Colleen Lloyd says:

    Just love all this cowboy….or should I say cowgirl talk!! Giggling and smiling…..well actually, laughing out loud. And the recipe sounds delicious. It’s so good to laugh out loud. Yipee to our inner cowboy 🙂

  12. P.j. grath says:

    I KNEW I spied cilantro in that photo! Glad you ‘fessed up to it. As for the storm, a friend’s kids were camping up by Pictured Rocks and decided the better part of valor would be to head for Marquette rather than wait for a tree to crash down on their tent. As for cowboys and cowgirls? Check out, if you haven’t read it yet, HALF BROKE HORSES, by Jeannette Walls. You will turn the pages so fast your head will spin, impatient to see what happens NEXT!

    • Kathy says:

      Pamela, I was going to write: “I am a cilantro junkie” in the blog, but forgot about it. Good thing the kids decided to head to Marquette. It would have been dicey in the woods in a tent. I will look for that book. I read other books by her and liked them. Thank you!

      • Cindy Lou says:

        PJ – it IS a wondermous read, isn’t it? I recently finished “The Zookeeper’s Wife” and have passed it on to Kathy – probably my favorite book this summer. Such lush writing!

        Kathy – our winds on this side on this side of the bay weren’t near that bad! Crazy! I DO love to go out to the lake on days like that – the power of the waves and fury of the storm awe me.

        • Kathy says:

          Susan said it was calmer on your side of the bay, lucky you. Hey, I finished the Zookeeper’s Wife” and loved it too! Good writing, as you said. Now the assignment is HOW to get the book back to you, Cindy. Enjoy your first “real” day of school tomorrow.

  13. Robin says:

    This sounds delicious! I spied the cilantro in the photo too. I use so much of the green stuff in my curries and salsas and other cooking that I almost expect to see it in just about everything.

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