New Year Black Eyed Peas


This New Year's black-eyed peas recipe is sure to bring you luck! I sometimes use the ham bone and some of the surrounding meat from our Christmas ham, but the ham hocks add a nice, smoky, rustic flavor of their own.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
11 hrs 15 mins

These lucky New Year's black-eyed peas are cooked with ham, spices and seasonings, and flavorful vegetables. Is there a more delicious way to celebrate the New Year? We think not.

close up view of New Year Black Eyed Peas in a bowl with a spoon
Michelle Trent

Why Do We Eat Black-Eyed Peas on New Year's?

According to Southern tradition, eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day will bring a year's worth of good luck and/or monetary gain. Black-eyed peas are also traditionally served on Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year).

Learn more: Why Do We Eat Black-Eyed Peas On New Year's Day?

How to Make New Year's Black-Eyed Peas

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make New Year's black-eyed peas:

1. Soak the peas overnight.
2. Cook the onions and garlic in oil, then cover with broth and water.
3. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
4. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
5. Cook until the peas are tender and the meat falls off the bone.

What to Serve With New Year's Black-Eyed Peas

Need a complete holiday menu? Pair your black-eyed peas with these top-rated recipes for a lucky start to the New Year:

· Southern-Style Collard Greens
· Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread
· Roasted Pork Loin

For more ideas, check out our entire collection of New Year's Recipes.

overhead view of grandmother's buttermilk cornbread partially sliced in a round cast iron skillet
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How to Store New Year's Black-Eyed Peas

Allow your leftover cooked black-eyed peas to cool completely. Transfer them to a shallow, airtight container and refrigerate for three to five days.

black eyed peas with ham in a bowl with spoon

Can You Freeze New Year's Black-Eyed Peas?

Yes, you can freeze these New Year's black-eyed peas! Place them in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge and reheat on the stove or in the microwave.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Absolutely amazingly delicious," raves dinolawson726. "Made it exactly as written but did add a little juice from the pepperoncini peppers. So very good. Will be making it again on a regular rotation."

"Wow, delicious," according to jorjetr. "I followed the recipe although I used pre-soaked peas and used bacon instead of ham hocks. Yum! Made a bunch and froze leftovers. Looking forward to eating those soon!"

"These black-eyed peas are the best I've ever tasted," says JanAtch. "I used a leftover ham bone and they turned out exceptional."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 pound dry black-eyed peas

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 8 cups water

  • 2 (32 ounce) cartons chicken broth

  • 1 pound smoked ham hocks

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 5 pepperoncini peppers

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground thyme

  • 1 bay leaf

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the black-eyed peas into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let soak, 8 hours to overnight. Drain and rinse before using.

  2. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until onion becomes translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour in 8 cups of water and chicken broth; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Stir in soaked black-eyed peas, ham hocks, tomatoes, pepperoncini, bay leaf, garlic powder, thyme, bay leaf, salt, and pepper.

  3. Cover and simmer until peas are tender, ham meat is falling off the bones, and the broth is thickened, about 3 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

307 Calories
13g Fat
28g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 307
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 1281mg 56%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 473mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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