Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas


Our family was visiting, and we went to Disney World on New Year's Day. I just had to have black-eyed peas before midnight. Make it easy, soak black-eyed peas in the slow cooker overnight. This is a little thinner, like a very rich soup. We really enjoyed it; hope you will too! Hot buttered cornbread and chunky applesauce are my favorites to serve with black-eyed peas.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
23 hrs 40 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas

  • 3 smoked ham hocks, or more to taste

  • 6 cups water, plus more as needed

  • 1 onion, chopped small

  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • teaspoon white sugar

  • salt to taste


  1. Put black-eyed peas into a large container with enough cool water to cover by a few inches; soak 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Put ham hocks into a stockpot with 6 cups water; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer until meat is falling off bone, about 90 minutes. Remove ham hocks and reserve for another use. Refrigerate the ham stock, 8 hours to overnight.

  3. Drain and rinse black-eyed peas thoroughly; transfer to a slow cooker. Bury one of the cooked ham hocks in the peas; add onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, and sugar.

  4. Skim congealed fat from surface of ham stock; discard. Pour stock into slow cooker. Add enough water to cover the peas by 1 1/2 inches.

  5. Cook on Low for 14 hours. Season with salt.

Cook's Notes:

You may discard or find another use for the unused ham hocks. After cooking in the slow cooker, check for any bones that may have fallen off the ham hocks.

This makes four servings as a very thick rich soup or eight servings as a side dish.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the ham hocks. The actual amount of the ham consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

802 Calories
33g Fat
74g Carbs
53g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 802
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 114mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Dietary Fiber 13g 47%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 53g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 160mg 12%
Iron 11mg 59%
Potassium 1785mg 38%

* 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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