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Southern Hoppin’ John

This is a quick and easy side dish that will become a favorite of your family.—Anne Creech, Kinston, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small green or sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels; discard all but 2 tablespoons drippings. Saute pepper, celery and onions in drippings until almost tender. Add rice, water and seasonings. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Add peas and bacon; simmer 10 minutes longer. Discard bay leaf.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 343 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 448mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • Leslie
    Jan 1, 2021

    I made this as part of our family’s New Years meal using the last of our Honeybaked Ham in place of the bacon & it was absolutely delicious! I’ll definitely be making it again!

  • OwlTree
    Oct 23, 2020

    I have made this many times and it is delicious just as written. Sometimes I add a couple of cloves of finely chopped garlic and instead of cayenne I substitute a pinch of red pepper flakes. Also, a few slices of smoked hog jowl, fried, in place of the bacon gives the dish an extra depth of smoky flavor. Excellent with cornbread, although my late husband preferred biscuits. Eat this on New Year's Day and you will surely have good luck!

  • bparrott
    Aug 13, 2020

    After refreshing the page the peas showed up in the list. That was weird. Making this tonight. Will update.

  • jusmecath
    Jan 1, 2020

    I have been searching for years for a decent Hoppin’ John recipe. I wanted to keep the New Years tradition going since my Mother in law crossed over. The only change I made was to use chicken broth instead of water. This is THE RECIPE from here on out. Usually I printed 2-3 different recipes to get a decent dish. This one is fabulous!

  • katecrid47
    Jan 2, 2019

    This was quick and easy and tasty! I will definitely make again!

  • bucky2
    Jun 16, 2018

    No comment left

  • ms11145
    Jan 11, 2017

    I had forgotten all about this recipe until it came out in the Dec 2016 issue. I used to make this all of the time . This version has celery while the one I used to make does not. I did add the celery and made as written; except I made mine today meatless and I added 1.5 cups shredded cheese....just like I used to make. My family thinks cheese makes everything better and it does!