15 Ways to Cook Black-Eyed Peas
Whether you know them as black-eyed peas, hoppin' Johns, or goat peas, these tasty legumes should star in your next dinner. With a creamy texture and mild taste, black-eyed peas can be made into delicious stews, fried patties, or even hearty salads. They're especially popular in the Southern U.S. during New Year's celebrations (thought to bring good luck) and in Caribbean cooking where they're traditionally served in rice. But canned and dried black-eyed peas are also essential pantry items if you're stockpiling for a quarantine or just loading up on essentials for fast weeknight meals. Here, you'll find 15 recipes that use black-eyed peas for salads, soups, and more.
Black-Eyed Peas with Pork and Greens
Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing
If the thought of a salad makes you crinkle your nose, then maybe the words "Hot Bacon Dressing" can change your mind. Recipe creator Chef John says, "This spinach salad with black-eyed peas is a twist on one of my favorite culinary traditions: serving beans and greens on New Year's Day."
Black-Eyed Pea Pie
"One of the best recipes I've ever made and definitely a new tradition," says reviewer Tony09. "Sooooo delicious!"
Slow Cooker Spicy Black-Eyed Peas
The best part of this recipe, besides being a deliciously spicy dish, is that all you need to do is dump the ingredients in and let the slow cooker get to work.
Pico Black-Eyed Peas
"Pico de gallo and black-eyed peas are a surprising marriage of flavor that are meant for each other," says recipe creator Dannielle Randall.
Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo
Babi's Bean Salad
"Crisp, tangy and fresh. This bean salad is so scrumptious," says reviewer Ethereal.
Fried Black-Eye Peas
Moroccan Black-Eyed Peas (Cowpeas)
Black-eyed peas and cowpeas are from the same legume family, with a similar taste and texture. Here they're used in a Moroccan-inspired dish that's great served over rice or couscous.
Lucky New Year's Black-Eyed Pea Stew
"This recipe is a wonderful combination of all things bringing good luck for the New Year. Black-eyed peas bring luck and the cabbage brings money," says recipe creator CRVGRL. "Eat this on New Years Day to bring luck all year long!"
Italian Hot Turkey Sausage and Black-Eyed Peas
Reviewer Sugarplum says, "It made a very tasty meal...and clean-up was a breeze since it only dirtied up one pan to make this!"
Black-Eyed Pea Cabbage Salad
A filling twist on traditional coleslaw, this salad's dressing gets a boost of flavor from parsley, lemon juice, and green onions.
Vegetarian Hoppin' John
You don't need pork to enjoy black-eyed peas! This vegetarian version boasts all the flavor of the traditional, just without the meat.
Best Ever Cowboy Caviar
Black-eyed peas, corn, and pinto beans sit overnight in a tangy vinaigrette to create this flavorful dip. Serve with tortilla chips for scooping.
Spinach and Bean Casserole
"This was so good I almost ate half of it before dinner was even served," says reviewer RAZZAMATAZZ. "Don't be fooled by its simplicity, and don't leave out the fennel seed, as it really complements the flavor of the black-eyed peas and the spinach."