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incredible black eyed peas
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5 from 6 votes

Incredible Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas: the perfect New Year's Day dish...that you'll also want every other day of the year. Even better? It goes great with cocktails.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black-eyed peas recipe, gluten-free dinner recipe
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 183kcal
Author: K.C. Cornwell


  • 4 slices bacon, diced make sure it's gluten-free
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 16 ounces dried black-eyed peas, washed
  • 14 ounces diced fire-roasted tomatoes (one can)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • In a large stockpot, cook the bacon until almost crisp. Add in the onion and shallot, and sauté until tender. 
  • Add the black eyed peas, diced tomatoes, brown sugar, chili powder and pepper, then stir to coat the peas. Then add the ham hock, parsley and water. 
  • Cover and cook over medium to medium-low heat (you're looking for a significant simmer, but not a boil) for 1 hour, and add the salt.
    Then cook for another 1-1½ hours, stirring occasionally, or until the peas are tender and the ham hock is starting to break apart. Add additional water during cooking if necessary. 
  • Carefully remove the ham hock from the peas, and separate the meat from the bone. Add the meat back to the peas, and stir to combine.  Taste for seasoning, and add more salt and pepper if needed.


Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 574mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 527IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg