Black-Eyed Pea Soup Recipe

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Since we raise our own pigs, I like to use ground pork in this zesty soup. But I've used ground beef with equally good results. Green chilies give this dish some Southwestern flair. —Mary Lou Chernik, Taos, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 55 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 173 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 597mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.


  1. In a large soup kettle or Dutch oven, cook the pork, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Yield: 12 servings (about 3 quarts).
Originally published as Black-Eyed Pea Soup in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2001, p182

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Reviewed Nov. 4, 2012

"I've made this recipe several times. It is so easy. We just love it. Sometimes I use other ground meats such as beef or chicken. Sometimes I use dried black eyed peas and soak over night, cook for about 1 hour and then add them to the soup using the cooking liquid in place of the water. It comes out good every time."

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