Black Eyed Peas with Ham – hearty and filling dish with black-eyed peas, veggies and ham. Make it on the stove-top, in a slow cooker or Instant Pot.
This popular New Year’s Day dish made for good luck is full of black-eyed peas, vegetables, and delicious broth. It’s a great way to enjoy the peas any time of the year, really. It’s easy and full and filling. I use leftover ham from our Christmas or Easter dinner in this dish. Skip the ham to make it vegetarian. You can also turn it into a soup by adding more stock.
- dried black-eyed peas
- green bell pepper
- diced tomatoes
- vegetable stock
- salt and pepper
- dried oregano
- ham: cooked and chopped, like my Honey Baked Ham
- olive oil
How to cook black-eyed peas?
- Start by rinsing the peas. Place them in a bowl, cover with water and let soak for at least 4 hours, to overnight.
- Drain and rinse. Set aside.
- In a large Dutch oven, heat up oil and butter.
- Add onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic. Saute until fragrant and onion is almost translucent, about 7 to 10 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients along with peas. Stir well. Bring it to a boil.
- Cover the pot and lower the heat to simmer.
- Stir once in a while and cook for 25 to 30 minutes OR until the peas are soft.
Do I need to soak them?
If you soak the peas, the whole dish will cook faster. Simply place peas in a bowl and cover with water. Let it stand for 4 hours to overnight. Drain, rinse and use in the recipe.
Can I use canned black-eyed peas?
Yes. If you are using canned peas, drain and rinse them before adding to the dish. Naturally, skip the soaking step. Simmer the whole dish for 15 minutes.
Can I make this dish in a slow cooker?
Yes! Follow all steps of preparing the dish in a pot, then place everything in the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 5 hours.
Can I make this dish in the Instant Pot?
You can easily make this dish in the Instant Pot, without soaking the peas. Follow the steps but make it in the Instant Pot on saute setting. Then set on the manual setting. Cook the dish on HIGH pressure, set the timer to 30 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.
Can I freeze this dish?
Absolutely! This dish freezes very well. Cool it completely, then place in Ziploc bags or freezer-safe containers and keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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These Black Eyed Peas with Ham are a hearty and filling dish with veggies and ham. Make it on the stove-top, in a slow cooker or Instant Pot. Serve with cornbread, collard greens and rice.
- 2 cups dried black-eyed peas
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 celery ribs chopped
- 1 green bell pepper chopped
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups cooked ham chopped
- 5 cups vegetable stock
- 15 oz can diced tomatoes
Rinse and pick over the peas.
Place peas in a large bowl and cover with water. Soak for at least 4 hours, to overnight.
Drain and rinse peas. Set aside.
In a large Dutch oven, heat up oil and butter.
Add onion, celery, pepper and garlic. Saute for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring often, until the onion is almost translucent.
Add the seasoning and stir in. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
Add peas, ham, diced tomatoes and stock. Stir together.
Bring the dish to a boil.
Reduce the heat to simmer and cover the dish. Cook, stirring once in a while, for 35 to 40 minutes OR until the peas are soft. The longer you soaked the peas, the quicker the dish will cook.
- To make in a Slow Cooker: Follow all steps of preparing the dish in a pot, then place everything in the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 5 hours.
- To make in an Instant Pot: You can easily make this dish in the Instant Pot, without soaking the peas. Follow the steps but make it in the Instant Pot on saute setting. Then set on manual setting. Cook the dish on HIGH pressure, set timer to 30 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.
- Skip the ham for a vegetarian version.
- Add bacon. Cook it until crispy, remove from the pot and saute the vegetables in the bacon grease. No need for olive oil and butter.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.