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Hoppin’ John Black Eyed Peas

“These black eyes peas were a comforting surprise.  Containing 11 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving, Hoppin’ John is a healthy way to start the new year!  Served with rice, these black eyed peas are a perfect one dish meal!”

Hoppin' John black eyed peas


Many years ago when I first married Manservant he told me that his mama  always served Hoppin’ John black eyed peas on New Year’s Day.


Now I am a person of tradition and I intended to keep this tradition…until I tried those little black eyed peas. I’m not sure if I purchased them from a can or if I bought them at deli counter, but what I am sure of is that I didn’t like them. Not one little bit. 

His Mama also used to make red beans and rice and I liked those, so that tradition continues! But today I’m talking peas.

Black eyed peas. They are supposed to be lucky and that is why they are served on new year’s day.


Black eyed peas with rice in white bowl


A southern tradition with a long history, you can read more about it here if you’d like.

Well, I don’t know about you but luck and I don’t always go hand in hand, which is why if someone tells me that something is lucky I’m not one to turn up my nose at the offered suggestion. I’m no fool. 

So what is it that makes these cute little black eyed peas so lucky? Well, about all I could find was that black eyed peas are said to resemble coins and we all need those, don’t we?

Hoppin’ John black eyed peas are actually beans and often collard greens are mixed into this traditional dish. Collards symbolize paper money.


black eyed peas in white bowl


This customary New Year’s dish is considered African American soul food and after eating these, I can see why this is also comfort food! 

Another interesting fact  I learned is that black eyed peas are mentioned in the Talmud and were eaten on the Jewish new year which is in the fall.

It is speculated that they were brought to the US in the 1730’s by Sephardic Jews when they first arrived in Georgia.

As for the term hoppin’ john, it’s a bit unclear where it came from. 


black eyed peas with spoon


In any case, I felt pretty lucky after making these black eyed peas. I had no idea they were so good.

This pretty little black eyed pea is also loaded with fiber and protein which makes this a great meal for vegetarians. Just sub in olive oil instead of bacon and veggie broth instead of chicken.

Perhaps after all these years, my tastes have changed but I can tell you that this simple version of black eyed peas was so good. 

Maybe it was lucky that I found presoaked peas from Melissa’s waiting for me in the refrigerator section. Or maybe it was the takeout Chinese rice that needed a home in mine?


hoppin' john


Whatever. These little peas caught my eye and I went for it. And so did Manservant! 

A new/old tradition? You betcha!

Happy New Year!

More to Try:

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BBQ Bean Soup   

       BBQ Bean Soup


Tuscan Beans and Potatoes

 tuscan beans and potatoes


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This is an updated post from 2017. Figured we could use them again this year!
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black eyed peas in white bowl

Hoppin’ John Black Eyed Peas

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 55 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 - 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish/MainCourse
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


These black eyes peas were a comforting surprise. Simple seasonings including garlic, celery and red peppers combine to make this a lucky dish each new year. Containing 11 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving, Hoppin’ John is a healthy way to start the new year!


  • 4 strips bacon
  • 3 T bacon fat or olive oil
  • 1/2 c red pepper, chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 c onion, finely chopped
  • 11 oz soaked black eyed peas (I used Melissa’s) cooked according to package directions
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 3 c chicken stock
  • 2 c cooked rice
  • 3 T finely chopped Italian parsley


  1. Cook bacon and reserve 3 T of bacon fat. Reserve the crisp bacon for garnish.
  2. In pot with bacon fat, saute red pepper, celery and onion over medium high heat until soft. Add black eyed peas, seasonings, and chicken broth.
  3. Cook black eyed peas until softened or until the broth has boiled down to the thickness you want. I didn’t want soup, so I simmered this about 30 minutes. If you want it soupier, it may only take about 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning.
  4. Serve over hot rice. Garnish with crisp, crumbled bacon. Sprinkle with parsley.




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Healthy World Cuisine

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

Abbe, wishing you and your family the best of luck in this new year. This deliciously simple recipe looks amazing and love the addition of the bacon too.


Monday 28th of December 2020

Just want to stop by and wish you and yours a happy, healthy and wonderful New Year, Abbe.


Thursday 25th of May 2017

This looks lovely, I've never tried black eyed peas, what do they taste like?


Tuesday 17th of January 2017

I'm not one to enjoy black-eyed peas on NYE but these I'd enjoy whenever I could, Abbe. I'm pinning this for some not-too-distant date. Thanks!

Anna and Liz Recipes

Sunday 8th of January 2017

This looks amazing!! LOve this black-eye peas recipe and love it over rice! Happy New Year Abby