Mama's Black-Eyed Pea Casserole by Emeril

READY IN: 11mins
Recipe by HappyTune

This is a recipe from Emeril Live during his "Football Contest" episode. It is really delicious. The only changes I made to it was to drain the diced tomatoes. The recipe doesn't state how many tortillas to use but I suggest using 5 on the bottom layer and 5 on the second layer. I used approx. 14 and that was to much for our taste. Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast): 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika 2 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons garlic powder 1 tablespoon black pepper 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon dried thyme Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Yield: 2/3 cup

Top Review by ElvisPresley99

This had a real nice flavor. Lots of combined tastes that seemed to follow one another, with a southwestern kick, but not hot. Just a lot of flavor. It made a LOT! The only problem I had, and I followed this precisely, was that the casserole was soupy, even after standing for 10 minutes. Could be something that I did wrong, but I will try it again. The family didn't complain, and they too loved the flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown the ground beef in large skillet.
  2. Drain the excess grease and the add onion, garlic, jalapeno and Essence.
  3. Cook the mixture for 3 to 5 minutes or until the onion has softened.
  4. Add the black-eyed peas, tomatoes, mushroom soup, chicken soup and enchilada sauce.
  5. Add a few dashes of hot sauce.
  6. Simmer until warm, about 10 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  8. Tear the tortillas into large pieces.
  9. Grease the bottom of a large casserole dish with butter and then line the bottom with the torn tortilla pieces.
  10. Spoon on the ground beef mixture into a thin layer and then add a layer of cheese.
  11. Add another layer of tortillas and repeat with the beef mixture, finishing with a layer of cheese on top.
  12. Cover the casserole dish with foil to prevent the cheese from burning and place in the oven.
  13. Cook for 35 to 45 minutes.
  14. Remove from the oven, cut slices approximately 2 by 2 inches and serve.
  15. Garnish with chopped green onion.

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a