Black-Eyed Pea Cornbread


My mother-in-law passed down this black-eyed peas and cornbread recipe to my wife. The first time she made it, I was completely surprised. I had never heard of it, and I've been unable to find anything else quite like it. You can fix this as a side dish to a meal, or make it into muffins for snacks. Either way, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
1 9x13-inch baking pan


  • cooking spray

  • 1 pound bulk spicy breakfast sausage

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 cup white cornmeal

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese

  • ¾ cup cream-style corn

  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers

  • ¼ cup chopped pickled jalapeño peppers


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Cook sausage and onion in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until sausage is crumbly and no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

  3. Mix cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking soda together in a large bowl.

  4. Whisk buttermilk, oil, and eggs together in a small bowl. Add to cornmeal mixture, stirring just until moistened. Stir in sausage mixture, black-eyed peas, Cheddar cheese, corn, chile peppers, and jalapeños. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

377 Calories
25g Fat
24g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 377
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 1060mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 11mg 57%
Calcium 186mg 14%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 324mg 7%

* 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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