Black-Eyed Peas & Ham Recipe
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Black-Eyed Peas & Ham Recipe

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Every New Year's Day we have these slow-cooked black-eyed peas to bring good luck for the coming year.—Dawn Frihauf, Fort Morgan, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + soaking Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + soaking Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried black-eyed peas, rinsed and sorted
  • 1/2 pound fully cooked boneless ham, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups water
  • Minced fresh cilantro, optional
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup (calculated without rice): 170 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 386mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 7g fiber), 13g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat.


  1. Soak peas according to package directions.
  2. Transfer peas to a 6-qt. slow cooker; add the next 12 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours or until peas are tender. Sprinkle with cilantro if desired. Serve with rice. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Black-Eyed Peas & Ham in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2013, p52

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Milquetoast User ID: 8681152 244249
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"Great for new years"

CookingFor4withLove User ID: 7035225 216644
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"This recipe was so good. Keep sending more recipes like this."

bjtownsend75 User ID: 2730820 216600
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"Definitely want to try this sometime, but for today it provided me with inspiration to whip up something similar in a hurry with stuff I had on hand. Used our leftover Christmas ham, canned great northern beans, canned diced green chilis, multi color sweet peppers, and leftover corn. Quick and delicious!"

GeeBee60 User ID: 7819169 186776
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2014

"My husband and I love this dish! Will definitely be having this again!!"

peacharmadillo User ID: 3329993 180574
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2014

"We added sour cream and left out the jalapeno. We first served it with rice, which worked well because the broth was probably our favorite part. When we reheated it, we no longer had rice and accidentaly discovered it was very yummy with crackers too. Our one disappointment was that the ham pieces themselves lost all flavor in the cooking; seemingly having donated all to the broth."

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