Best Crockpot black eyed peas recipe using leftover ham or a ham hock. Homemade tender peas and meat served as a soup or a hearty meal with a side of bread. Make it for good luck in the New Year!
This Crockpot black eyed peas recipe is perfect with leftover ham after the holidays. Using dry peas and just a few other ingredients you too can make this easy Crockpot recipe tonight.
- We have made black eyed peas and ham in our pressure cooker before and that was great. If you don’t have that machine though, a slow cooker works well too.
During the wintertime when it is quite chilly outside you probably are looking for comfort food meals. Something warm you can pair with some dinner rolls, and bam..dinner is complete.
This is also served as a New Years dinner for good luck in the new year! It’s a great pantry item recipe too using dry beans you have on hand.
If you’re using leftover ham it makes prep even easier. I dice that up and remove any fat, then throw it right in. You won’t need a lot of additional seasonings in this case.
- During other parts of the year when I don’t have leftovers I can still make this by picking up a ham hock at the store. These are usually super cheap since it’s usually discarded.
Ingredients needed for this Crockpot black eyed peas recipe:
- Diced ham or ham bone
- Bag of dry black eyed peas
- Beef or chicken broth
- Salt and pepper
- Garlic powder
Some like to add large chunks of bell peppers and/or carrots too.
Do black eyed peas need to be soaked?
When cooking Crock pot black eyed peas there is no need to soak the peas beforehand. Since they’re slow cooked all day long with a really lengthy cooking time, they’ll soften quite nicely without this added step.
- It is not recommended to cook on high because everything needs time to get tender and the meat to fall off the bone.
- If making on the stovetop, put peas in a large pot and cover them with about 4 inches of water. Soak them overnight, then drain the water and rinse. Cook as directed.
You could alternatively add precooked and diced smoked turkey pieces if you wanted. This is really versatile as far as the choice of meat and amount of seasonings you choose to add.
If you love the flavors of liquid smoke, add a bit of that too! I tend to add salt and black pepper at the end as well to taste. Even though they were stirred into the mix you may want a bit more.
Are black eyed peas good for you?
They do provide a number of nutrients, are a rich source of fiber, and can be used in a number of recipes.
- For vegetarians, they can provide a needed source of iron.
- If you have high cholesterol the fiber can help lower your LDL levels.
- No matter how you choose to prepare them, they’re a wonderful supplement to a healthy eating plan.
What are black eyed peas made out of?
Black-eyed peas are are actually a variety of the cowpea. They’re a part of the family of beans & peas, legumes in the USA. Although called a pea, it is actually a bean! Can you believe that? Both have edible seeds and pods, these are quite filling.
Looking for more easy slow cooker recipes?
- Crockpot Italian wedding soup is excellent.
- Make a batch of Crockpot bbq beef for sliders tomorrow night.
- Our Crockpot ham and beans is a healthy choice.
- Slow cooker Hawaiian chicken is a homemade and healthy meal too.
If you want to make it quicker you should try our Instant Pot Hoppin’ John recipe too. With a few additional ingredients it is really popular year round but especially at the beginning of each year.
What do I serve with black eyed peas?
If I make the dish above it is pretty much a full meal and usually don’t feel as though I need a side dish. With the addition of the tomatoes and kale it adds the vegetables I might otherwise serve alongside it.
Here are a few suggestions if you feel you need something a bit more though:
- Pull apart bread is semi homemade and always a winner.
- This is our best beer bread recipe to follow.
- Here’s our easy roll recipe everyone loves.
- Air fryer vegetables go with just about everything if you want more greens.
You can print recipe below and keep it handy for this time and in the future.Whether you’re making this after Christmas or for good luck, Happy New Years to all of you!
Crockpot Black Eyed Peas Recipe
- Rinse peas and remove any dirt or rocks.
- Put all ingredients except for your salt into your pot.
- Close lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours until your peas are as tender as you'd like them to be.
- Remove ham bone and pull any meat off that is tender enough to eat. Put into your pot with rest of ingredients. Gently stir together.
- Taste and salt to taste.