Black-Eyed Peas with Leftover Smoked Ham

Perfect black-eyed peas to ring in the new year. Serve with bread and southern-style hot sauce.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
12 servings


  • 3 tablespoons bacon drippings

  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced

  • 3 stalks celery, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 6 cups chicken broth, or more to taste

  • 1 (16 ounce) package dried black-eyed peas

  • 2 pounds diced smoked ham

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder, or to taste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground white pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat bacon drippings in a large pot over medium heat. Cook onion and celery in the hot drippings until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chicken broth and peas and increase heat to medium-high.

  2. Add ham, tomato sauce, bay leaves, and 1/2 of the following spices: paprika, chili powder, white pepper, and oregano; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until beans are tender, about 1 hour 45 minutes. Add remaining spices and season with salt and black pepper. Cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

  3. Remove bay leaves before serving.

Cook's Note:

You can use water or any type of broth. Any meat will work, such as chicken, turkey, or sausage, and any fat can be used in place of bacon drippings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

375 Calories
19g Fat
27g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 375
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 1685mg 73%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 31mg 157%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 814mg 17%

* 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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