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Black-Eyed Peas & Ham

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + soaking Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 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


  • Soak peas according to package directions.
  • Transfer peas to a 6-qt. slow cooker; add the next 12 ingredients. Cover and cook on low until peas are tender, 5-7 hours. Sprinkle with cilantro if desired. Serve with rice.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
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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  • Milquetoast
    Feb 21, 2016

    Great for new years

  • CookingFor4withLove
    Jan 2, 2015

    This recipe was so good. Keep sending more recipes like this.

  • bjtownsend75
    Jan 1, 2015

    Definitely want to try this sometime, but for today it provided me with inspiration to whip up something similar in a hurry with stuff I had on hand. Used our leftover Christmas ham, canned great northern beans, canned diced green chilis, multi color sweet peppers, and leftover corn. Quick and delicious!

  • GeeBee60
    Aug 14, 2014

    My husband and I love this dish! Will definitely be having this again!!

  • peacharmadillo
    Jan 20, 2014

    We added sour cream and left out the jalapeno. We first served it with rice, which worked well because the broth was probably our favorite part. When we reheated it, we no longer had rice and accidentaly discovered it was very yummy with crackers too. Our one disappointment was that the ham pieces themselves lost all flavor in the cooking; seemingly having donated all to the broth.