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Authentic Hoppin’ John Black Eye Peas for the New Year

By December 28, 2022December 31st, 2023Dinner, Healthy Holiday, Lunch, Recipes

A classic black-eyed peas recipe, sometimes called Carolina Peas and Rice, cooked with bacon, sausage, and veggies, and served over fluffy rice.


Black Eyed Peas are traditionally the bean used in this authentic dish which is what makes historians believe that slaves replanted this West African native bean in American soil. From there, the Hoppin’ John Recipe was born. The name’s origin is still a mystery. However, many believe that it is derived from the African slave children showing excitement to receive this dish for dinner. Others say it comes from a man known as “Hoppin’ John” that hobbled around the streets of Charleston and sold peas and rice to the locals.

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Pack leftovers in a tightly sealed container. Then place in the refrigerator for up to a week.


Yes, you can easily substitute black-eyed peas for lima beans or navy beans.


Yes, make sure to store it in an airtight container and it can keep for up to 3 months in the freezer. Place in the fridge to thaw out overnight.


  • ¼ pound thick-cut bacon chopped (nitrate free)
  • 2 andouille sausage links turkey or chicken for healthier varieties halved and slice thin
  • 1 small sweet onion peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 bell pepper seeded and chopped (any color)
  • 1 jalapeno or serrano pepper seeded and diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ – 2 pounds frozen black eyed peas or field peas
  • 32 ounce chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 2 cups long grain rice rinsed well (Jasmine or Brown Rice for a healthier variety)


  • Set a medium sauce pot over high heat.
  • Add the rice and 3 ½ cups water. Cover and bring to a boil.
  • Then lower the heat and cook for 15-20 minutes, until light and fluffy. *See package instructions.
  • Set a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the bacon. Cook and stir for 3 minutes, then add in the sliced sausage.
  • Brown until the sausage looks crispy around the edges. Stir regularly.
  • Push the bacon and sausage to the sides of the pan and add in the onions, celery, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic.
  • Sauté for 3-5 minutes to soften the vegetables.
  • Pour in the black eyed peas, chicken stock, thyme, and Cajun seasoning. Cover with a tight lid and simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until the black eyed peas are soft and tender.
  • (If the broth absorbs before the black eyed peas are soft, add a little water to finish them off.)
  • Taste, then season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve warm over rice with a sprinkling of green onions, and hot sauce on the side.

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  • undrea says:

    Yes, I will be trying this recipe. I can’t wait to try it.

  • Nikki Flowers says:

    I love Hoppin’ John but this recipe has a little twist. I will definitely be trying this one. Thank you

    • Debora D Gibbs says:

      Omg!!! Coach Twy this Hoppin John recipe was 🔥🔥🔥🔥. Tasted amazing and the whole family loved it. Thats a BIG WIN!!🙌🙌

  • Rochelle says:

    Yes, I made it. Loved the frozen instead of dry beans/peas. It was good.❤️👍🏾

  • Kana Cutchin says:

    I made this for new years. I was so delicious!!!

  • Yalanda White says:

    I made this recipe for 2023 New Year Dinner. It was very tasty and just enough for me and my 2 boys. Great recipe to keep with traditions and staying on track.

  • ROLANDA says:

    Sooo, for THIS dish I couldn’t wait til the new Year. I’ve been eating this dish throughout the year! It’s just that good to me. I’ve already perfected it & made it my own. I absolutely love how all of the flavors marry and become one. I’m used to making “Hop & John” for New Year’s, but it never tasted like this. One of the things that I’ve learn about (while making the FFF recipes) is how different seasonings (that I’ve never tried B4), can give your food a different, but great taste👍🏾

  • Tami E Farr-Smith says:

    Ok, I’m not a fan of black eyed peas, but I’ve got a husband and dad that love black eyed peas for New Year’s Day. So I thought I’d give this a shot especially since it has lots of veggies and sausages. And surprisingly this was pretty good! And I’m learning to appreciate black eyed peas more! And Daddy and hubby liked them, so now I can make these every New Year’s Day!

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