Slow Cooked Black Eyed Peas

Just a few minutes of prep, then everything gets tossed in the slow cooker! 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.

Slow Cooked Black Eyed Peas

I originally put together this recipe this past summer for my Southern-themed birthday party, and it was a total hit. I used some Cajun spices 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.

Slow Cooked Black Eyed Peas

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. ;)

Slow Cooked Black Eyed Peas

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!

Slow Cooked Black Eyed Peas

Sorry for the quick and dirty post today – holidays are making me crazy!

Here’s your recipe!

Slow Cooked Black Eyed Peas
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Serves: 8
  • ½ lb. thick-cut bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 large yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups dried black-eyed peas, sorted and rinsed
  • 4 cups of chicken broth or water
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • Splash of Cajun hot sauce (tabasco works just fine)
  • ½ tsp. liquid smoke flavoring
  1. Add olive oil to a sauté pan and set over medium-high heat. Add the bacon, onion, bell pepper, and garlic, then sauté 3 minutes, or until the onion begins to brown and the bacon renders its fat. Transfer to the insert of a slow cooker.
  2. Add the peas and broth, tomatoes, oregano, Cajun seasoning, and black pepper, and liquid smoke. Cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8 hours, until the peas are soft.

Traditional for New Year's Day (but delicious all year long!), Black Eyed Peas are creamy, comforting, and entirely crave-worthy!


    • says

      Hi Valerie – yes, the bacon fat goes right into the crockpot along with the sautéed vegetables. I used a store bought Cajun seasoning, but you can also make your own if you prefer! Just google “Cajun seasoning recipe” :)

    • says

      Hi, Andrea! I’ve never tried it with frozen black eyed peas, but I would imagine since they would be pre-cooked you wouldn’t need to cook them as long or add as much liquid. I’d try thawing the peas, draining them, then adding them to the slow cooker as directed with just a small amount of the cooking liquid. Experiment a bit and let me know how it turns out!

  1. Lydia says

    Delicious! I didn’t have any cajun seasoning, but added a couple of splashes of chipotle Tabasco sauce and chunks of chicken. Just used water, not even broth…. Yum. :-)

    • says

      Hi, Verina! You could throw in a ham hock if you wanted to. If you’re trying to avoid pork, I’d say just leave the meat out and add a few extra dashes of Worcestershire sauce :)

  2. Rene says

    Normally I make this in my pressure cooker as well with a ham hock. :) Would you just toss the ham hock in the pressure cooker with everything else or would you put it in the pain with your veggies so it could render off a bit of the pork flavoring to the veggies? I’ve never done that with a ham hock but wondered what someone else’s thoughts were. :)

  3. Sade says

    *Happy New Year everyone!* So everyone in my house is feeling down right cruddy and I couldn’t sleep so at about 11pm I decided “Hey don’t people have some kind of soup tradition for New Years Day? I wanna try that” So after using my Yummly app and not finding anything I went to the all mighty Google and this popped up. One word AMAZING! I’ve literally been woken up by every person in this house asking what that amazing smell is. Admittedly I did make a few changes based on our preferences but the core of it is all you. Thank You for sharing

  4. Shawn says

    This was delicious! We don’t eat pork so I used smoked turkey wings. When the peas were done the turkey just fell off the bones and I discarded the skin. Thanks!

  5. Kimber says

    Easy as you said. I made these yesterday and the smell was wonderful. Beans were not watery, but soft and thick. Great flavor. Added a few more peppers for heat. Very versatile recipe. So easy!

  6. says

    I found this recipe via a link on Huffington post. I’ve made black eyed peas many times before and they were always good but uneventful. I made this recipe yesterday and the peas were so good! My daughter raved about how flavorful they were. This is my go-to recipe now.

  7. Rachel says

    Really tasty, great recipe. I found my 17 yr old fishing around in the slow cooker with a cracker while it was cooking which was a good sign. Messy though – we had words.
    I am in the UK so when a recipe is in cups I just guess quantities and flick it in with the wrist. But it worked a treat. Hurrah! That is how we talk.

  8. chris says

    here i a recipe from a 72 year old x fairground labourer.. black peas should be cooked for 1+hrs along with medium ham shank according to the amount of peas. when finished remove from heat and remove shank for later. next add two or three pinches of ground mace and stir. of course add salt and vinager to taste. and eat of a plastic fork/spoon not metal. hope you enjoy. also peas can be bought in any amount from bryn corn suplies, bryn road ashton-in-makerfield, just off the A58

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