Slow Cooker Southern Hoppin John Recipe

  • Yield: 6
  • Servings: 6
  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 5:00 h
  • Ready In: 5:10 h

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

  • Carbohydrates

    49 g
  • Cholesterol

    10 mg
  • Fat

    4 g
  • Fiber

    2 g
  • Protein

    9 g
  • Saturated Fat

    1 g
  • Serving Size

  • Sodium

    533 mg
  • Sugar

    0 g
  • Trans Fat

    0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat

    1.2 g
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Slow cooker Southern Hoppin John recipe. Black-eyed peas with bacon and vegetables cooked in a slow cooker. This yummy meal is perfect for New Year’s Day celebrations.

Slow cooker Southern Hoppin John is a beloved recipe that combines the rich flavors of black-eyed peas, bacon, and a medley of vegetables, all slow-cooked to perfection. This mouthwatering meal is a popular choice for New Year’s Day celebrations, as it is believed to bring good luck and prosperity for the coming year.

The slow cooking process allows the ingredients to meld together, resulting in a dish that is both hearty and full of Southern charm.

How to Cook Southern Hoppin John in a Slow Cooker

To create this delectable Southern Hoppin John, start by gathering the following ingredients: black-eyed peas, savory bacon, aromatic onion, vibrant bell pepper, crisp celery, fragrant garlic, flavorful chicken broth, diced tomatoes, aromatic thyme, bay leaves, and a touch of salt and pepper.

The combination of these ingredients creates a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.

Begin by cooking the bacon in a skillet until it becomes irresistibly crispy. Once cooked, remove the bacon from the skillet and set it aside. In the same skillet, sauté the onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic until they become tender and release their enticing aromas. This step allows the vegetables to develop their flavors and adds depth to the dish.

Next, transfer the cooked vegetables to the slow cooker along with the black-eyed peas, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, thyme, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Give everything a good stir, ensuring that the flavors are well combined. Place the lid on the slow cooker and allow the ingredients to simmer on low heat for 6-8 hours.

During this time, the black-eyed peas will soften and absorb the delicious flavors of the other ingredients, creating a harmonious blend of tastes.


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Once the cooking time is complete, remove the bay leaves from the slow cooker and discard them. Take a moment to taste the Hoppin John and adjust the seasoning if necessary, ensuring that every bite is perfectly balanced.

To add an extra layer of flavor and texture, crumble the cooked bacon and sprinkle it on top of the dish.

This will provide a delightful contrast to the creamy black-eyed peas and add a touch of smoky richness.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the Slow Cooker Southern Hoppin John hot and savor the delightful combination of flavors. The tender black-eyed peas symbolize coins, representing the hope for prosperity in the coming year.

The bacon, known for its indulgent taste, signifies wealth and abundance.

The addition of vegetables adds a healthy touch, making this dish both comforting and nutritious.

The slow cooking method allows you to effortlessly prepare this traditional Southern delight while you enjoy quality time with your loved ones.

Slow Cooker Southern Hoppin John Recipe

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  • 4 strips thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup dried black-eyed peas, rinsed
  • 1½ cups uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • chopped green onion, for garnish


Step 1

Place the bacon in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until crisp. Add onion and continue cooking and stirring until softened, for a further 5 minutes.

Step 2

Remove cooked bacon, fat, and onions from the pan and transfer to a slow cooker. Add crushed red pepper, peas, then pour in 4 cups (1 L) water and stir well to combine.

Step 3

Cover the pot and cook on low-heat setting for 3-4 hours or until peas are tender.

Step 4

Stir in uncooked long-grain rice. Season with salt. Cover the pot and continue cooking until rice is tender and absorbed all liquid, for about 1-1½ hours. Sprinkle with chopped green onions. Serve hot.

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