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Southern Black Eyed Peas Recipe

Black eyed peas is a popular Southern side dish that is traditionally served for good luck on New Year's Day.  Learn how to cook this healthy stovetop recipe for your special dinner.  It's easy to keep warm in a crock pot for church potlucks and open houses.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black eyed peas recipe, black eyed peas recipe slow cooker, black eyed peas recipe with ham
Servings: 8 cups
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Brooke



Stovetop Instructions

  • Sort and rinse the peas, then quick soak them by boiling for 2 minutes, then letting them stand covered for 1 hour.  Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until bubbly.  Add the onion and cook until soft, then add the garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Add the canned tomatoes, meaty ham bone, chicken stock, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil, then cook covered over medium-low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the ham bone.  Let it cool and chop off the meat, reserving it for later.
  • Cook the peas for another 30 minutes, adding a little filtered water or chicken stock if they get too thick.
  • Stir in most of the chopped ham.  Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.  Garnish with fresh chives and the remaining ham.
  • Serve warm with cornbread and collard greens.

Crockpot Instructions

  • Sort and rinse the peas, then add to the crock; there's no need to pre-soak.  Add the quartered onion, smashed garlic cloves, diced tomatoes, spices, and meaty ham bone.
  • Pour in 6 cups of water if using a large oval crockpot, but use a little less if you're using a standard round crockpot.
  • Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, then remove the ham bone.  Let it cool, then cut the meat off and return it to the pot.


  • Don't have a meaty ham bone?  Substitute ham hocks, shredded ham, salt pork, or bacon.
  • Don't eat pork?  Substitute a turkey neck bone or a meaty turkey leg.
  • Don't have chicken stock?  Use vegetable stock.
  • Want to make it spicy?  Increase the cayenne pepper, add green chiles, or chopped jalapeno.
  • Want to freeze this?  Allow to cool then measure out 2 cups at a time and place in a zip-top freezer bags.


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 773mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 5mg