Slow cooker Hoppin John is easy to throw together for the New Year. This black eyed peas dinner is said to bring you luck!
Have you heard the story of this good luck New Years dish yet? If not read on and then make yourselves a batch of slow cooker Hoppin John this year. You’ll love this easy Crockpot recipe. (affiliate links present)
Do you love black eyed peas? Maybe you’re not sure because you’ve never tried them. Well, paired with diced tomatoes and ham is a great combo.
This is a fabulous leftover ham recipe you can throw together too. OR pick up a few ham hocks and get ready for some YUM.
Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….
- This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
- If you just want to serve a few appetizers you should get this one that sit side by side one another.
- I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.
Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉
Crockpot Hoppin John
Let’s talk about what this dish is all about anyway. It is kinda’ a funny name so I do get it. I only heard about it a few years ago myself:
Around 500 A.D. there is proof that this was a belief way back when. It was Jewish custom to eat these during Rosh Hashanah for their New Year in the Fall.
Known as a traditional soul food dish, this is served to bring prosperity in the New Year to all.
Many add a ham hock into the mix with rice. Some serve this with a side of collard greens which greens signify economic prosperity to those who eat it.
There are many variations to this dish of course. Some add white rice as you see here, and others leave that out.
This is what we used for this batch you see here. If you wanted to leave the rice out it would still be quite good. Add more broth and serve it more like a soup than a casserole style dish.
- Frozen or canned and drained black eye peas
- Onion and bell pepper
- Chicken stock or broth
- Diced tomatoes
- Uncooked rice
- A variety of seasonings are added
If you want to add a bit of heat you can use hot sauce, chili powder and/or red pepper flakes. Adjust as desired.
When using a Crock pot to cook black eyed peas and rice you can really just walk away once you add everything in.
If you do add ham hocks it is best to remove the meat off the bone about halfway thru but if you didn’t it wouldn’t hurt. Slow cooked all day the flavors really meld together well and is the perfect comfort food.
Just cover and cook on high for a total of about 5 hours and serve!
Here’s how it is done. There is also a printable version in the recipe card below you can keep handy.
Time needed: 5 hours.
Slow Cooker Hoppin John
Put ham hock(s) in the middle of pot with all other ingredients EXCEPT the rice. Add any other seasonings you like at this time including black pepper, garlic powder, and any heat.
Cover and cook on high 3 hours. Remove ham bones and cut meat off bone, return to the pot and stir contents together.
If you want to add rice sprinkle it in now. Gently submerge into the liquid below.
Cover and continue cooking on high for 2 more hours or until rice is tender to your liking.
What do I do with leftover Hoppin John?
Store what is left in airtight containers. The next day it will likely be quite thick. You can thin it out with some broth and reheat in the microwave.
OR you can leave it thick and form it into sort of potato cakes. Heat a bit of oil in a pan on the stovetop and fry them up! Get them crispy on the outside and serve with a bit of cheese melted on top. YUM.
Want to make this even quicker? A few years ago I experimented with making black eyed peas and ham from dry. I poured the bag in with some water and pressure cooked them until they were tender.
That was great, but when I heard of this dish I went a step further! Adding tomatoes and meat at the end I came up with a different version without rice here.
You can follow our Instant Pot Hoppin John recipe for that variation if you’d like as well. It is fabulous and doesn’t take very long at all even using dry peas to begin with! Try them both and see which you prefer this year or day.
Looking for other Crockpot ham recipes you might like? If you have a bag of leftovers after the holidays you might be tired of sandwiches. We have a lot of goodies to choose from, this is only the beginning.
- Tomorrow night give our Crockpot ham and potato soup a whirl. It is a HUGE hit every time I make this at my house.
- Our loaded baked potato soup is always a winner as well.
- You could even throw some into our slow cooker funeral potatoes to amp them up another level.
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Slow Cooker Hoppin John
- 1 ham hock or 1-2 c. diced leftover ham
- 28 oz black eyed peas frozen was used, canned drained would be fine too
- 1 onion diced
- 2 stalks celery sliced
- 1 small green pepper diced
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp salt
- 6 c chicken broth
- 15 oz diced tomatoes
- 3 c rice uncooked, optional add in
- Put ham hock(s) in the middle of pot with all other ingredients EXCEPT the rice.
- Cover and cook on high 3 hours.
- Remove ham bones and cut meat off bone, return to the pot and stir contents together.
- If you want to add rice sprinkle it in now. Gently submerge into the liquid below.
- Cover and continue cooking on high for 2 more hours or until rice is tender to your liking.