Black-Eyed Peas With Ham Hocks (Hoppin' John)

Black-Eyed Peas and Rice
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 3 hrs 30 mins
Total: 3 hrs 45 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
145 Calories
3g Fat
19g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 145
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 373mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Protein 11g
Calcium 55mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe is nice and simple but full of flavor. Use ham hocks or hog jowl in this basic black-eyed pea recipe, also known as Hoppin' John.


  • 2 pounds black-eyed peas (dried)
  • 8 ounces hog jowl or 2 small to medium ham hocks (or meaty ham bone)
  • 6 cups water (or enough to cover)
  • 1 large onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper (crushed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Pick over the peas and rinse well, then soak in cold water overnight.

  2. Place ham hocks, ham bone, or hog jowl in a large kettle with water to cover.

  3. Bring the peas to a boil and cook for 1 1/2 hours.

  4. Drain peas and add to the hog jowl.

  5. Add the chopped onion, crushed red pepper, sugar, and salt. Add more water if needed to cover peas.

  6. Cover tightly and simmer the peas gently for 2 hours, or until the peas are tender. Serve with hot cooked rice and cornbread.