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Black-Eyed Peas with Ham

Here's a regional favorite I grew to love after moving to the South. You'll never want black-eyed peas from a can again! Serve the dish as a side with grilled chicken...or make it your main course and round out the meal with greens and corn bread. —Tammie Merrill, Wake Forest, NC
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + soaking Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried black-eyed peas
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • Thinly sliced green onions, optional


  • Rinse and sort black-eyed peas; soak according to package directions. Drain and rinse peas, discarding liquid. Transfer peas to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until peas are tender. Serve with a slotted spoon. Sprinkle with green onions if desired.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 76 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 476mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Kathy
    Dec 31, 2020

    The original recipe called for 2 small bay leaves, a pinch of dried thyme, and cayenne pepper to taste, to be added. Also. serve with cornbread, or over rice. Very delicious, and not mushy! Must use dried peas, not canned!

  • kelaine32
    Jan 2, 2020

    I cooked these for less than 8 hours on low and they looked more like refried beans. They turned to complete mush.

  • criskringle
    Nov 17, 2017

    I made this with ham hock. I did add a bit of garlic to it and served it over rice! Was so good with homemade corn bread. Good even when it's not on rice!

  • bicktasw
    Jan 2, 2017

    I saw this recipe for Hoppin' John and I just had to try it. I've always wanted to make this and I am glad I used this wonderful recipe. It was easy...... and very TASTY! I used ham broth that I made with the bone from my Christmas ham instead of the water, 1 clove of garlic instead of 3 and 1 teaspoon of seasoned salt (Tastefully Simple brand) instead of 2 teaspoons. It was a perfect New Year's Day meal ...... served with baby spinach sauteed in bacon drippings and corn bread. I'll be making this again!

  • juicyfruit007
    Dec 30, 2016

    I was afraid this would be bland and need some excitement, but it ended up quite tasty. I did simmer a hambone in it, which couldn't have hurt anything!