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black eyed peas in white bowl

Hoppin’ John Black Eyed Peas

  • 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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