Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 50 mins

This is a tried and true traditional recipe for New Year's Day in the South.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Saute the first three ingredients in a large Dutch oven in hot oil, bacon drippings, or butter until tender.
  2. Add water and next five ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 40 minutes or until peas are tender.
  4. Remove and discard bay leaf.
  5. Serve over rice.
Most Helpful

Very filling. very satisfying, Not fattening and on top of it all - it was delish! Kids love it, Adults love it and it's good for you. Add this one to the list of "practically perfect foods".

Mimi Bobeck February 06, 2003

Everyone including our 4 year old loved this recipe! I only had canned black eyed peas on hand so I used those (undrained) and did not need to add the chicken broth or water. I actually ended up using the chicken broth to cook the rice with. Instead of ham I used ground beef and it came out wonderful. Thank you for sharing, I will be making this again!

MessyChef May 20, 2010

This is so comforting and good, and it made my house smelling AMAZING. It was a bit wet, so I used a slotted spoon to serve it over the rice. I used half the red pepper and added Louisiana hot sauce to the bowls of those who wanted it. Didn't want to start it out too hot because of my 3-year-old, who, by the way, said to me, "Mommy I like these beans you made!" That NEVER happens, hence the five star review. Thanks for a keeper that pleased the whole family! :-)

KissKiss March 27, 2010