Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas Recipe

Katie Jasiewicz | Katie's Cucina Updated

Slow cooker black eyed peas are a fantastic New Year's day tradition. Making them with hardly any effort? Even better.

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Do you have a New Year's Day dinner? Where I live, in the South East, you’ll find most families feasting on New Year's day. A meal consisting of greens, whether they are collards, mustard or turnip greens, black eyed peas, corn bread, and ham (or any style of pork). I grew up in the north, so when I first moved down to the south 15+ years ago, I wasn’t familiar with this tradition.

We had a neighbor invite us over for a meal, and after that I was sold on the "New Year's Day Dinner". I love collard greens and black eyed peas, and oh boy, do I love me some cornbread. So you don’t really have to sell me on this tradition. I’m glad my parents moved my family to the south, because I love southern food.

You might be wondering why eat black eyed peas on New Year's Day? Eating black- eyed peas for the New Year is supposed to give you luck and prosperity. The peas represent coins. The greens represent paper money, and if you eat corn bread with black eyed peas and greens, it is supposed to represent gold. Overall it’s a good luck thing!

Making my slow cooker black eyed peas is super easy. I love that I can let it cook all day long and we can go about our day. (Usually putting away all the Christmas decorations.) Oh, and the flavors being simmered for hours brings to this slow cooker black eyed peas recipe is unreal. I use bacon to give the smoky ham taste, rather than a ham bone or fatback. It really comes down to what you have on hand is what you use in the recipe. I always have bacon on hand, so that works for me.

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You do need to pre-soak the beans before they cook in the slow cooker. This step is vital to have well-cooked and flavorful beans. Don’t skip it! There are two different methods you can do:

  • Quick Soak: place the bag of dried black eyed peas in a large pot. Cover with 8 cups of water and bring it to a rapid boil for 5 minutes. Then, remove the black eyed peas from the heat and cover with a lid and let it stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse the black eyed peas.
  • Overnight Soak: Place the bag of dried black eyed peas in a large pot. Cover the peas with 8 cups of water and place a lid on the pot. Let it stand overnight (or at least 8 hours). Then rinse and drain the peas and they are ready to go.

Whichever method you decide on is totally up to you. If I forget to soak the night before I typically go with the quick soak. You just have to presoak in order to get a soft pea.

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Whether you're having a New Year's Day Feast, or just want to make slow cooker black eyed peas any day of the year, I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!

Don't forget my crockpot ham and copycat Red Lobster biscuits - both go great alongside these black eyed peas, and will start your new year off just right!

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Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas Recipe

    14 Servings

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Black Eyed Peas, dry
  • 6 slices Bacon
  • 2 cubes Chicken Bouillon
  • 5 cloves Garlic, small, smashed
  • 1/2 White Onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Hot Sauce, Louisiana-style
  • 5 cups Water
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped

Directions

  1. Pre-soak the beans.
  2. Place the rinsed and drained pre-soaked black eye peas in the slow cooker.
  3. Layer bacon throughout the peas, followed by chicken bouillon cubes, garlic cloves, and minced onions.
  4. Sprinkle the salt, black pepper, and hot sauce.
  5. Pour 5 cups of water over the black eye peas. Give the slow cooker one good mix.
  6. Set the slow cooker on high for 4 hours (or low for 8 hours).
  7. Once the black eye peas are done cooking, mix in the fresh parsley, discard bacon if you choose to, and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Store cooled leftovers in a freezer gallon bag, freeze and defrost and eat for a later date. Don’t forget to write the date on the bag (consume within 3 months of freezing).

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Author: Katie Jasiewicz
Recipe Yields: 12-14 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 240 minutes
Total Time: 245 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 14

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 10
Calories 42

% Daily Value*
2%
Total Fat 1g
2%
  Saturated Fat 0g
15%
Sodium 355mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate 5g
0%
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
3%
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Katie Jasiewicz

About Katie

Katie is our resident one-pot meal fanatic, but you'll find that she's passionate about every kind of food, from dinners to desserts, on her blog Katie's Cucina.