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Southern Style Vegan Black Eyed Peas

 This vegan black eyed peas recipe gets a southern-style kick from hot sauce, spices, and a secret ingredient. Vegans and vegetarians often ask, “How to season black eyed peas without meat?”  Read on my friend and I will show you how it is done!

Vegan black eyed peas get a southern-style kick from hot sauce, spices, and a secret ingredient.

A few years ago I shared a recipe for slow cooked black eyed peas that I absolutely loved. This year I’ve been making a black eyed peas recipe vegan style that’s cooked in the oven, so I thought it was about time I shared it with you!

Black eyed peas are one of my very favorite legumes. I love that you don’t have to soak them, I love that they have less calories and carbohydrates than pinto beans, and I love that I can always find them in bulk.

My favorite way to eat these vegan black eyed peas is my version of “southern style,” which involves tabasco, plenty of thyme, oregano, and paprika, as well as my secret ingredient: liquid smoke.

If you’ve never used liquid smoke, you’re in for a treat. This brand is all natural, meaning it’s nothing but the condensation from smoked wood – no artificial flavorings or caramel color. It’s one of my favorite vegan ingredients that provides a savory kick of flavor.

If you prefer, you can substitute smoked paprika for regular paprika or smoked sea salt for regular salt.

Vegan black eyed peas get a southern-style kick from hot sauce, spices, and a secret ingredient.

How to Season Black Eyed Peas without Meat

Here is how to make these vegan black eyed peas and season them without meat.

Assemble the ingredients as shown below.

Learn how to season black eyed peas without meat.Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place all of the ingredients in a 3-quart Dutch oven (this one is my favorite).

 This vegetarian black eyed peas recipe gets a southern-style kick from hot sauce, spices, and a secret ingredient.

Cover by two inches of water.

 This vegan black eyed peas recipe gets a southern-style kick from hot sauce, spices, and a secret ingredient.
Bake, covered, in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until tender.

 This vegan black eyed peas recipe gets a southern-style kick from hot sauce, spices, and a secret ingredient.

Carefully transfer the hot Dutch oven to a stove-top burner set over medium heat. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, until the remaining liquid is thick and saucy, and a few of the peas break apart, about five minutes.

 This vegan black eyed peas recipe gets a southern-style kick from hot sauce, spices, and a secret ingredient.

Serve hot and if desired, garnish with chives.

 This vegan black eyed peas recipe gets a southern-style kick from hot sauce, spices, and a secret ingredient.

You can also make a double batch in a 5- or 6-quart Dutch oven, but just make sure to check the pot halfway through to ensure there’s still water covering the beans. It might take a little longer than 75 minutes, but not by much.

Vegan black eyed peas get a southern-style kick from hot sauce, spices, and a secret ingredient.

I love eating these beans with cornbread and sautéed collard greens.

 This vegan black eyed peas recipe gets a southern-style kick from hot sauce, spices, and a secret ingredient.

I like to fill freezer-safe mason jars with the extra beans and pop ’em in the freezer for dinnertime emergencies. Easy… peasy….<– so cheesy. OH MAN. This just keeps getting more awkward.

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Vegan black eyed peas get a southern-style kick from hot sauce, spices, and a secret ingredient.

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Vegan black eyed peas get a southern-style kick from hot sauce, spices, and a secret ingredient.

Southern Style Vegan Black Eyed Peas Recipe

This vegan black eyed peas recipe gets a southern-style kick from hot sauce, spices, and a secret ingredient.
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Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 25 mins
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 259kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried black eyed peas
  • 1 tablespoon vegan chicken broth*
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon tabasco
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • Chives for optional garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place all of the ingredients in a 3-quart Dutch oven. Cover by two inches of water. Bake, covered, in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until tender.
  • Carefully transfer the hot Dutch oven to a stove-top burner set over medium heat. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, until the remaining liquid is thick and saucy, about five minutes.
  • Serve hot and if desired, garnish with chives.

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NOTES

*Or substitute vegetable broth for the water and broth powder
Nutrition Facts
Southern Style Vegan Black Eyed Peas Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
259
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
1
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
387
mg
17
%
Carbohydrates
 
46
g
15
%
Fiber
 
8
g
33
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
18
g
36
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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While this is a black eyed peas vegan recipe, you can also call this a vegetarian black eyed peas recipe and I’m okay with that.

Vegan black eyed peas get a southern-style kick from hot sauce, spices, and a secret ingredient.

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Comments:

  1. Great recipe for new years eve – I make this along with a healthy collard greens recipe, which traditionally symbolizes prosperity in the new year (BEPs = coins, collards = bills). I’ve also had success adding a simple roux of white or wheat flour and water to thicken the peas with a light grazy texture. Also, I’ve experimented with adding fresh parsley instead of the chives, or cilantro for a southwest vibe.

  2. Perfect!!! I’ve tried and tried to like black eyed peas and this recipe does it! Easy and delicious … doesn’t get better than that ❣️

    1. Hi Diane, with canned beans you can do this on the stovetop in 20-30 minutes. You don’t need to cover the beans with 2 inches of water, but you may need to add some water to allow them to simmer and blend in the flavors from the spices.

  3. Very tasty… I’m over a month into a whole foods plant based diet and looking for uncomplicated easy recipes that taste great. Followed this recipe exactly and worked very well. Yum!

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