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Spicy Black-Eyed Peas

By Angie McGowan |

Here’s a delicious recipe for spicy black-eyed peas you’ll be able to enjoy this New Year’s Day. This southern tradition, to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for prosperity, is one of many traditions southerners and people all over the United States do every year. In my family, we also eat hog jowls, turnip greens and deviled eggs. We also carry on certain little traditions, such as cleaning the whole house, but not doing any laundry, ironing or sewing. In our family, doing anything with the laundry means your mother will die in the new year, so we steer clear of the laundry pile on New Year’s Day.

When I was a kid, my mom took a short-cut and always used canned black-eyed peas. It took all I could do to choke them down. But I felt obligated, or else we might be really dirt poor the following year. Later on I learned how to make black-eyed peas from scratch and make them irresistible. If luck is tied to how many black-eyed peas you can eat, then be sure to use this recipe, because you’ll be able to eat your weight in them.

This is my favorite easy recipe for spicy black-eyed peas. So forget those bland canned black-eyed peas this year, and make some tasty ones instead.
Spicy Black-Eyed Peas Recipe


1 package, 16 oz black eyed peas
1/2 lb smoked bacon, diced
1 sweet large onion, diced
1 large bell pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, diced
2 cups medium or hot salsa
3 cups water


1. Soak the beans overnight in water. The next morning, cook bacon until crisp. Add beans to bacon. Add bell pepper, onion, garlic and salsa.

2. Bring the beans to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Cook beans until they are tender, 45 min to 1 hour.

3. If using the crock pot, cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until tender. Or you can also use a dutch oven in a 250 degree oven for 6-8 hours.

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About Angie McGowan


Angie McGowan

Angie McGowan was a contributing blogger to Babble’s Family Kitchen, a daily food blog with recipes from her kitchen. She currently creates fun recipes for Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and many other companies. You can find more of her recipes on her personal blog, Eclectic Recipes.

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7 thoughts on “Spicy Black-Eyed Peas

  1. marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    These look so tasty!

  2. Cajun Chef Ryan says:

    Happy New Year, and this looks like a new twist on the tradition!

    Bon appetit!

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