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Hearty Black-Eyed Pea Soup Recipe

Hearty Black-Eyed Pea Soup Recipe

Alice Jarrell of Dexter, Missouri waited a long time to get this favorite recipe—but it was well worth it. "I had eaten this soup countless times at a small restaurant in our town," she tells. "When the owner finally retired, he said I deserved the secret recipe and passed it along. Now, my family enjoys it at least once a month!"—Alice Jarrell, Dexter, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 4 beef bouillon cubes
  • 4 teaspoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook the sausage, beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Yield: 12-16 servings (4 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 145 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 731 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 9 g protein.

Reviews for Hearty Black-Eyed Pea Soup

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

"Great alternative to Hoppin' John for New Year's Day."

Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"This another good soup that be "spiced up" depending on how hot you like it! Good for the whole family!!"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"Delicious!!!! Added diced canned jalapenos cuz my family likes spicy. And the ground sausage I used was hot."

Reviewed Aug. 21, 2014

"This was a great, easy soup my meat lovin husband even liked."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"This is a great soup and I will make it often during cold weather. I reduced the sausage to 1/2 lb. and used 5 cups of beef broth instead of the water and bouillon cubes."

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"This was our January "good luck" meal. It is definitely a keeper."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"No one in my family likes black-eyed peas except for me, so it took some coaxing on my part to get them to try it. Wow! Everyone loved it and I spent the next several days emailing the recipe to all my family members. This year we made it for friends as Christmas gifts! I particularly like that it is low in calorie, tastes fabulous, and is Weight Watcher friendly! I would definitely encourage anyone to make this even if you don't like black-eyed pease!"

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"Sorry. Forgot to rate it.


Reviewed Feb. 5, 2011

"Made this yesterday and was very good. A lot of meat. The only real change I made was to use 4 cups of beef broth instead of the bouillon and water and Rotel Mild for the diced tomatoes with green chilis. Also didn't use the regular salt. Next time I'll also use low-sodium beef broth and maybe add some chopped green pepper. Browned the beef and onion and heated everything in a crockpot for 5 hrs. on low. Use a 5 qt. pot at least. I think some cornbread would also go very good with this. Thanks for the recipe.


Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"My hubby said this one is a "keeper". A very hearty and tasty soup."

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