Combine tomatoes, broth, rice, garlic, bay leaves, basil, thyme and hot pepper sauce in a lage saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat to a simmer and cook until rice is done, about 15 minutes for quick cooking rice or 50 minutes for regular brown rice.
When rice is cooked, cut green pepper into 1 inch pieces and stir into stew Stir in black eyed peas, cover and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring once.
Remove and discard bay leaves. Sprinkle with parsley and or chives, if desired.