Just a few minutes of prep, then everything gets tossed in the slow cooker! Black eyed peas are the perfect comfort food (especially for New Year’s Day!).
I don’t know why it took me so long to figure out that Black Eyed Peas are totally yummy.
I originally put together this recipe this past summer for my Southern-themed birthday party, and it was a total hit. I used some cayenne and liquid smoke to give it a little kick!
I made it in the pressure cooker which was delicious, but I though that converting it to a slow cooker recipe would make it even that much more user-friendly.
I wanted to get this recipe up in time for all of you who like to cook traditional black eyed peas for New Years Day… so, here it is. You’re welcome. 😉
This is really easy to put together – just saute the bacon and vegetables, then toss it in the crockpot with the peas, broth, and aromatics.
A few hours later, voila!
These black eyed peas are delicious on their own, but I also like them served with rice or piled on top of garlic bread.
Leftovers taste even better the next day, so don’t be afraid that you’re making too much all at once. You can also freeze these slow cooked black eyed peas in freezer bags or jars to keep on hand for an easy meal.
If you’re looking for a meatless version, check out my recipe for vegan black eyed peas!
Here’s your recipe!
Yields 8 servings
10 minPrep Time
5 hrCook Time
5 hr, 10 Total Time
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 pound thick-cut bacon, finely chopped
- 1 large yellow or white onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 2 cups dried black eyed peas
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Splash of Cajun hot sauce (Tabasco works just fine)
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan set over medium heat. Add the bacon, onion, bell pepper, and garlic; sauté 10-12 minutes, until the bacon renders its fat. Transfer to the insert of a slow cooker.
- Add the peas, broth, tomatoes, oregano, Cajun seasoning, black pepper, and liquid smoke to the slow cooker. Cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8 hours, until the peas are soft.