Spicy Black-Eyed Peas in the Crockpot

It’s hard to believe, but 2013 is drawing to a close! This has been a year full of changes, so I’ve done a lot of reflecting lately. Overall, it has been a good year, but there have been quite a few challenges, and I’m definitely ready to welcome 2014.

One of my favorite traditions at the start of a new year is to serve black-eyed peas. Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is a Southern tradition, and the beans are thought to bring prosperity in the new year. Now, you’re supposed to serve the black-eyed peas with greens (to bring wealth), which I usually do, and hog jowl or fatback (to ensure health?!?), which I skip. I’m not Southern or superstitious, so I figure any substitutions I make are okay!

My favorite way to serve black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day or at any time of year is stewed in a crock pot with spicy chipotle peppers, which give the beans a rich, smoky flavor. They couldn’t be easier to make or more delicious to eat.

Spicy Chipotle Black-Eyed Peas in the Crock Pot | Hello Little HomeSpicy Chipotle Black-Eyed Peas

Serves 6 as a Main Dish


  • 1 lb. bag dried black-eyed peas
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 rib celery
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • salt
  • brown rice, optional
  • cilantro or parsley, optional

Pick over peas and rinse thoroughly.

Prepare vegetables: peel garlic cloves (leave whole); peel and slice carrots; slice celery; and peel and quarter onion.

Small dice the chipotle pepper.

Add black-eyed peas, vegetables, and diced chipotles (along with a few spoonfuls of adobo sauce) to a crock pot.

Add Ingredients to Crock Pot | Hello Little HomeCover with vegetable broth and stir well.

Cover Veggies and Beans with Broth | Hello Little HomePlace cover on crock pot and set to high. Cook for 1.5 – 2 hours or until beans are tender. Optional: remove whole garlic cloves and large chunks of onion.

Season beans with salt to taste. Serve over brown rice, garnished with cilantro or parsley, if you wish, or just enjoy a big bowlful!

Spicy Chipotle Black-Eyed Peas in the Crock Pot | Hello Little HomeCooked greens are a natural counterpart to the black-eyed peas. An easy way to cook greens (I like kale, collard greens, or a mix of greens) is to saute a few cloves minced garlic in olive oil, along with a pinch of salt and some red pepper flakes. When garlic is fragant add chopped greens and half a cup of broth. Cover and cook until green are tender, stirring occasionally. Yum!

Do you have any favorite New Year’s traditions?

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That looks so delicious! Hope they do bring prosperity to you and Joel.

Hi Ginnie, these sound so yummy. I love spicy food but never though of adding peppers to the black eyed peas. We aren’t in the south but my mom was from there and every New Years Day, we had to eat them. I used to hate it but have grown to love them. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

This looks and sounds really good. I like the idea of adding chipotle.

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