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Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John

Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John is made with black eyed peas that get so flavorful from simmering away all day. A southern New Year’s Day tradition!

A FLAVORFUL BLACK EYED PEAS RECIPE

This Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John recipe tastes way better, in my humble opinion, than any stovetop version. Allowing the black eyed peas to slowly simmer away all day in the crock pot really lets the flavors develop. The difference between Hoppin’ John and your standard pot of black eyed peas is the addition of the peppers, celery and onions. It’s absolutely delicious and it can’t hurt that it might bring you a bit of good luck in the new year!

black eyed peas served over white rice on a white plate with a glass of iced tea in the background.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Why is it called Hoppin’ John?

No one really knows exactly why. But we do know that the peas were domesticated in West Africa and enslaved Africans from this region were familiar with cultivating this crop. Many southern recipes can be attributed to enslaved men and women making do with the little resources they had. Their creativity and ingenuity have given us most of the southern comfort food recipes we know and love today.

What if I don’t have a ham bone?

If you don’t have a ham bone, you can use a ham hock or two in its place. The bone really adds a lot of flavor to these beans. This is great if you have any leftovers from your holiday ham dinner. I will purposely leave a little extra ham on the bone when we know we are making this recipe to make it extra meaty!

What if I don’t have creole seasoning?

You can also use cajun, blackened or Old Bay seasoning.

What is Hoppin’ John served with?

Hoppin’ John is often served with white rice, collard greens and cornbread.

Why is Hoppin’ John eaten on New Years Day?

Again the answer is unclear. They have been associated with good luck, wealth and peace in the new year. There is a theory that because the peas themselves represent coin money, a symbol of prosperity.

How do I store leftovers?

Store in a lidded container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can also freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat leftovers in the slow cooker until warm. You can also warm them in the oven, stovetop, or microwave.

a large silver spoon scooping up some black eyed peas out of an oval slow cooker.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • dried black eyed peas
  • ham bone with meat attached
  • onion
  • celery
  • green bell pepper
  • red bell pepper
  • garlic
  • bay leaves
  • creole seasoning
  • black pepper
  • unsalted chicken stock
black eyed peas, chicken stock, diced bell peppers, diced onions, bay leaves, ham bone, diced celery and creole seasoning.

HOW TO MAKE SLOW COOKER HOPPIN’ JOHN:

Place the black-eyed peas into a large bowl and add cold water to cover, plus enough to go 2 inches above the peas. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to soak for 8 hours or overnight.

black eye peas soaking in water in a large clear bowl.

Drain the water off, and set aside. Add the ham bone to the center of an 8-quart slow cooker. Add the drained peas, onion, celery, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, garlic, bay leaves, creole seasoning, and black pepper into the cooker.

ham bone, diced peppers, black eyed peas, garlic, seasoning and bay leaves added to a large oval slow cooker.

Pour the chicken stock on top and stir everything to combine.

pouring chicken stock into a slow cooker.

Place the lid on top and cook for 7 to 8 hours on low, or 4 to 5 hours on high. They are done when the peas are soft but not mushy.

fully cooked black eyed peas in the slow cooker.

Take the ham bone out, let it cool slightly then pick all the meat off the bone. Discard the bay leaves. Add the ham back into the cooker and stir it in to combine, taste, and adjust seasoning if necessary.

sliced ham added into the slow cooker with the cooked black eyed peas.

Serve immediately.

a large spoon inserted into cooked black eyed peas and ham.

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Slow Cooker Hoppin' John recipe.

Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John

Slow Cooker Hoppin' John is made with black eyed peas that get so flavorful from simmering away all day. A southern New Year's Day tradition!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Soak Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 16 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces dried black eyed peas
  • 1 ham bone with meat attached
  • 1 small sweet onion, finely diced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon creole seasoning (I like Tony Chachere's)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 cups unsalted chicken stock

Instructions

  • Place 16 ounces dried black eyed peas into a large bowl and add cold water to cover, plus enough to go 2 inches above the peas. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to soak for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Drain the water off, and set aside.
  • Add 1 ham bone with meat attached to the center of an 8-quart slow cooker. Add the drained black eyed peas, 1 small sweet onion, finely diced, 2 stalks celery, finely diced, 1 green bell pepper, finely diced, 1 red bell pepper, finely diced, 2 cloves garlic, minced, 2 bay leaves, 1 Tablespoon creole seasoning and 1 teaspoon black pepper into the slow cooker.
  • Pour 6 cups unsalted chicken stock and stir everything to combine.
  • Place the lid on top and cook for 7 to 8 hours on low, or 4 to 5 hours on high. They are done when the peas are soft but not mushy.
  • Take the ham bone out, let it cool slightly then pick all the meat off the bone.
  • Discard the bay leaves.
  • Add the ham back into the slow cooker and stir it in to combine, taste, and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve immediately.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 75mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g

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5 Comments

  1. Is it possible that I can do this on the stovetop or oven because I don’t have a crockpot? If so, how long would each method take? Thank you kindly!

    1. Yes, you’d basically do it exactly the same way but allow it all to cook slowly on the stovetop in a large stock pot on a lower heat for several hours (lid on). Hoppin’ John is meant to simmer slowly for the flavors to develop. Hope that helps!

      1. Thank you so very much for replying, I truly appreciate it. The instructions you gave will definitely help me out. I need to buy the ingredients & then I can make it up. My daughter & I are really looking forward to having this! Thank you for sharing!