Check out our version of this Traditional Soul Food Recipe. These Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas are eaten on New Year’s Day every year to celebrate and bring luck to the coming year. A great way to use leftover ham for the holiday, this recipe is full of simple, wholesome and hearty ingredients all cooked to perfection in your Crockpot!
Traditional Comfort Food
Southern Black Eyed Peas are about as traditional as it gets. They can be traced back centuries to Africa. I’ve seen them made several ways with different levels of complexity. But we are all about simple, real food for real people. So this is the easiest Black Eyed Peas Recipe you will find!
Here at Bubba Pie, we are all about Comfort Food. To us, Comfort Food comes from the heart and it sparks fond memories and creates new ones. Some of the recipes that evoke great memories for me are:
- BEEFARONI– Does it get any more classic than this? Easy, cheesy and full of heaty beef!
- IDAHO FINGER STEAKS– I’m from the Northwest and literally GREW UP eating these delicious strips of meat that are breaded and fried. Eat them with fry sauce!
- TEXAS TRASH DIP– A Southern Staple of Texas, this is a great recipe to entertain crowds.
But you can’t get any more comforting than a good slow cooker recipe. This Crockpot Corn Chowder with Ham is JUST what I’m talking about. Or, if you’re looking for a main course, check out this recipe for Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops!
This Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas Recipe is going to be one of my new favorite Crockpot Recipes!
Black Eyed Peas-A Southern Tradition
Black Eyed Peas has been around for decades as a traditional Soul Food Recipe eaten on New Year’s Day for good luck. It’s sometimes called a Hoppin’ John! Some recipes use bacon, smoked turkey, ham or even all three (!).
We are going to just use some simple cubed ham for our recipe. But if you want to add bacon, we aren’t here to stop you. Read below for instructions on this. What else will you need? Here ya go:
- Black eyed peas
- Diced ham
- Garlic, minced
- Vegetable broth
Notes, Tips and Variations
- ADD BACON?- Don’t mind if I do. Just cook the bacon until crispy in your preferred method. Set aside and then put into the Crockpot when your ready to start cooking.
- HAM HOCK- Do you have an ham hock you need to use? Yep, you can certainly use it in this recipe. Just remove the ham cubes (and/or bacon) and put the hock in when cooking begins. When done cooking, remove the ham hock and get the meat off the bone. Simple add the meat into the Black Eyed Peas. If there is too much grease on the top for you, you can lay a paper towel over the top to soak some of it up.
- ADD SOME HEAT?- If you want to give this recipe a little kick in the pants, you can add some sliced jalapenos into the ingredients. I haven’t tried this yet but I want to!
- Serve with some Corn Bread for a true Southern Soul Food Experience!
I hope you enjoy this recipe for Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas. Let me know how it turns out for you in the comments!
Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas
- 1 pound black eyed peas
- 8 ounces diced ham
- 1 cup diced onions
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 3 cups water
Place the black eyed peas on a bowl and allow them to soak overnight.
When ready to cook, drain the beans and add them to the bowl of the slow cooker. Add the ham, onions, garlic, pepper, salt, vegetable broth and water. Stir to combine.
Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 6 hours, stirring occasionally.