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Black-Eyed Peas & Ham

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + soaking Cook: 5 hours


12 servings

Every New Year's Day we have these slow-cooked black-eyed peas to bring good luck for the coming year. —Dawn Legler, Fort Morgan, Colorado
Black-Eyed Peas & Ham Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  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 5-7 hours, until peas are tender. Sprinkle with cilantro if desired. Serve with rice.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 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.

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