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Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon Recipe
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Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon Recipe

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A real Southern favorite, black-eyed peas are traditionally served on New Year's Day to bring good luck. My mother's recipe with bacon, garlic and thyme makes them extra special. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt to taste
  • Additional cooked and crumbled bacon, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 361 calories, 19 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 228 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 15 g protein.


  1. Rinse and sort black-eyed peas. Place peas and bacon in a Dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil; boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let soak, covered, 1 hour. Do not drain.
  2. In a skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in thyme.
  3. Stir into pea mixture. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 30-40 minutes or until peas are tender, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with salt to taste. If desired, serve with additional crumbled bacon. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon in Taste of Home December/January 1994, p37

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 361 calories, 19 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 228 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 15 g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 19, 2015

"I tried this recipe for the first time! I used 1/2 lb. turkey bacon to cut down on the fat (9 slices, cooked 10 minutes in a 10" skillet until crisp). I'd sauteed the onion and crushed garlic in 1 Tbsp. butter until tender, then added the ground thyme. I did cook the peas after bringing to a boil for 2 minutes; allowed peas to soak 1 hour-I'd added about 1-1/2 to 2 cups water while cooking peas at a boil for 2 minutes. I'd added cooked and diced turkey bacon after cooking the peas for the 2 minute boiling time. When simmering the entire mixture, I'd added the onion mixture to the soaked pea mixture; added 1-3/4 to 2 tsp. salt to taste and 1/2 tsp. ground pepper along with the cooked onion mixture. I'd also added 2 more cups of water, brought pea mixture to a boil on medium heat setting. I then reduced heat and simmered, covered, 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. I think that this dish was quite tasty! I'm sure that the other reviewers also had very good input on how they prepared this dish! To me, this dish is something to make again!


Reviewed Sep. 29, 2015

"I have made this three times now and this 3rd time I saut?ed my onion and garlic in my left over bacon fat and bwutter for more flavor. But I have always loved the recipe the way it is!!!! Such a comforting meal!"

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"I agree with another reviewer that this is quite bland, but it's a good starter recipe. Instead of butter I use some of the bacon fat to saute the onion. Gives it a bit more smoky and salty flavor. I also add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar for a sweet and sour flavor that my Mom used to give black eyed peas. And, I think the thyme is overwhelming, and will reduce that by half next time."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"Followed the recipe exactly and the beans were wonderful."

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2014

"I added some of the bacon grease to the beans while they were cooking. This added some extra flavor. They needed salt but otherwise they were delicious!"

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