My grandma always made Hoppin' John on New Year's Day when I was growing up in Virginia. I now live in New Mexico and decided to put a hot Southwestern spin on the recipe this year, hence the name. It's simple and tasty, and has some heat. I only added two jalapenos, but you could add more if you like it hotter. If you don't like hot food, you might want to eliminate the jalapenos completely. My husband and I both loved it.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a large pan over medium heat; cook and stir onion, red bell pepper, jalapeno peppers, and garlic in hot butter until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir cooked rice, black-eyed peas, diced tomatoes with habanero peppers, bacon, salt, and black pepper into vegetables. Cook for 10 minutes to blend flavors, stirring frequently.

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Cook's Note:

This dish could easily be made vegetarian by leaving out the bacon, but pork is a traditional ingredient in Hoppin' John. Greens are also a traditional ingredient, but I did not include them here. You could probably top some raw greens with this and have a tasty salad.

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Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

230.8 calories; 8.8 g protein; 31.5 g carbohydrates; 19 mg cholesterol; 611.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2019
This is a must have every New Year! My family loves the spice. Our kids come home every year for this family tradition. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2019
This is a must have every New Year! My family loves the spice. Our kids come home every year for this family tradition. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2013
Loved it!! Didn't change anything. Saved the juice from the drained Habaneros to add some salt and viniger and use for hot sauce later. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2015
This recipe is delicious. I didn't have black-eyed peas so I used a can of great northern beans. Just the right amount of everything. I did get black-eyed peas to try the next time. There certainly will be a next time. Thank you for sharing your recipe Ashley B. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2015
Great and simple recipe. I adapted by using red rice (healthier) another kind of beans and I stirred in some left-over taco saus. Delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2013
Whole family liked it. Since they don't enjoy super hot subbed small can of mild green chilies for jalapenos and can of regular diced tomatoes for Rotel. Thanks! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2013
It doesn t get better than this a simple recipe that tastes great and is healthy! I used green peppers and a can of regular diced tomatoes because that s what I had and omitted the bacon to make it vegetarian. I also used canned Embasa brand jalapenos escabeche that have carrots and onions in it. The carrots added a wonderful color and taste! Thank you for sharing this recipe and I love the name change! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2017
I made this for our tradition New Year meal. I didn't use black-eyed peas from a can though. I bought dry soaked overnight and cooked them in the morning before preparing this dish. I also only used one cup of rice. I wish I could give this a higher rating because I really don't like black-eyed peas but enjoyed this. I will make it again next year. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2015
Very good. Spicy? Yes! That can be toned down though to suit your tastes. So easy! I used some leftover ham chunks instead of the bacon. Delicious. Thanks! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2019
This is a must have every New Year! My family loves the spice. Our kids come home every year for this family tradition. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2018
Whoa this was fantastic! I omitted the jalepeno because once I tasted the Rotel I saw that it was plenty spicy (and I'm not a wimp when it comes to spice). I cut the bacon into small pieces and sauteed in a hot skillet. Once the bacon was cooked I removed it with a slotted spoon and instead of using butter I used some of the bacon grease to cook the onions garlic and red pepper. I followed the recipe after that and I was thoroughly impressed. Thank you so much for sharing. I will serve this alongside a Mexican spiced chicken. Read More