Spicy Southern Black-Eyed Peas

New Year's Day Dinner
Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 65 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6-8
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Use salt pork or hog jowl in this delicious traditional New Year's Day dish, also known as Hoppin' John. Black-eyed peas, along with greens and cornbread, are eaten on New Year's Day for good luck throughout the year.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
  • 4 ounces salt pork, rind removed, diced, or thick bacon or hog jowl, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 to 2 cups diced cooked ham
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced, optional
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced, optional
  • 1 tablespoon Creole or Cajun seasoning mixture
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Ground hot pepper, optional, to taste

How to Make It

  1. Following package directions, soak the black-eyed peas overnight or cover with water, boil for 2 minutes, then let stand for 1 hour. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, sauté the diced salt pork with onion until browned.
  3. Combine salt pork and onions with the drained peas and remaining ingredients. Add water just to cover. Simmer for about 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until tender, checking and adding a little more water if necessary. Taste and adjust seasonings.

    Serve with hot boiled rice, spinach or other greens, and freshly baked skillet cornbread.

    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 199
    Total Fat 12 g
    Saturated Fat 4 g
    Unsaturated Fat 6 g
    Cholesterol 14 mg
    Sodium 586 mg
    Carbohydrates 17 g
    Dietary Fiber 5 g
    Protein 6 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)