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Split Pea Soup with Ham & Jalapeno

To me, this spicy pea soup is total comfort food. I cook it low and slow all day, and it fills the house with a yummy aroma. It's so good with a nice, crispy baguette. —Chelsea Tichenor, Huntington Beach, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings (2-1/4 quarts)


  • 2 smoked ham hocks
  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried green split peas
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cook, covered, on low until meat is tender, 6-8 hours. Remove meat from bones when cool enough to handle; cut ham into small pieces and return to slow cooker.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 316 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 642mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 21g fiber), 22g protein.

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  • chamie7
    Dec 26, 2020

    The jalapeno adds a real nice flavor to an already good recipe.

  • Katy's mom
    Dec 19, 2020

    Very much like the split pea soup we make but without the jalapeno. I also add a bit of diced celery and an extra ham hock. We use the Instant Pot. It takes about an hour on the soup setting to cook the ham hocks to fall-off-the-bone tenderness. Yes, the soup will be fairly thin, but it does thicken up on refrigeration. It makes a lot of soup..

  • TL
    Oct 10, 2020

    Some tweaks & it was delicious. I made changes according to the reviews. So I used 24 oz. of dried split peas instead of 16 oz., 6 cups of vegetable stock and 2 cups of water instead of 8 cups of water, a large ham steak (with bone) slice instead of ham hocks, and extra onion, garlic, and carrot. We really enjoyed it, but one thought it could be thicker yet to make it A+ (try 28 oz split peas?), while only one did not appreciate the ham in it. I really enjoyed it.

  • gremaux
    Oct 13, 2019

    Okay, but rather runny and not too much flavor. Try another recipe next time.

  • Kathy
    Jan 12, 2019

    If you prefer not to use pork, use a smoked turkey leg - delicious! I love the extra flavor from the jalapenos!

  • honey25
    Oct 17, 2018

    Really Delicious!

  • an1nette
    Sep 27, 2018

    I fixed this and loved it. Left the seeds and ribs in the green jalapeno's and used two instead of one.

  • Saltsalt
    Jun 9, 2018

    Great flavor ,I will never make pea soup without jalape?o again

  • yvonne
    Feb 12, 2018

    Followed recipe exactly peas never softened. Not enough meat on ham hocks. If I make this again I will pre-soak the peas and use a chopped up ham steak, not ham hocks. In addition use half chicken or vegetable broth instead of 8 cups of water.

  • 1Goodfoodlover
    May 23, 2017

    This has become my favorite pea soup recipe.