Southern Black-Eyed Peas (Vegetarian)

"I can't remember where the original for this recipe came from; the original called for a ham hock. As with most stews, its better to refrigerate overnite before serving, but who wants to do that? To compensate for the lack of hog jowl I usually add quite a bit more thyme. Usually at least a second teaspoon towards the end of cooking the peas. Adding a jalapeño when cooking the vegetable can add some kick."
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Ready In:
2hrs 15mins
1 Big Pot




  • Rinse peas and pick over for bad or discolored peas and small stones; transfer to a medium saucepan. Cover with stock or water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and continue cooking for 5 minutes; set aside.
  • In a large stock pot heat vegetable oil over low heat. Add the onion, diced carrot, and garlic. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Add peas and enough stock or water to cover by 2 inches. Add pepper flakes, black pepper, thyme, and oregano. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer, covered, for about 1 hour. Uncover and cook for 30 to 45 minutes longer, or until peas are tender - the longer you cook them, the better they will be. Add more wateror stock as needed to keep them moist.
  • Serve with olive oil, Tobasco, hot baked cornbread and a tossed salad or steamed collards.

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  1. Best black eyed peas I have ever had!
  2. I have so much compliments for those black eyes peas. My husband never like black eyes peas, but when I asked him to taste it, he cannot believes the taste of it and he had a big portion at the dinner. It was the star of my dinner new year's eve and nobody are vegetarian except me.
  3. Delicious! The only change I made was using one fresh sage leaf sautéed with onion, then chopped. (I had no dried sage.) ??
  4. It tasted a little shallow to me, so I deepened it with paprika and cumin.
  5. I have been looking for a great vegetarian black eyed pea recipe for New Years and I believe I have found it! Flavorful and healthy. I tweaked the recipe by using both greens onions and regular. I added adobo seasoning for extra flavor! What a great way to start the new year!


  1. I used bell peppers and celery instead of carrots, as well as Cayenne pepper instead of Tabasco sauce and red pepper flakes. I added some smoked paprika to give it a, well, smokey odor.



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