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A pot of Hoppin' John made with stewed black eyed peas, ham and vegetables.

Hoppin' John

This Hoppin' John recipe is black eyed peas simmered with ham and vegetables until tender, then served over rice. A classic Southern recipe that's packed with flavor, and is said to bring good luck in a new year!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword hoppin john
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 163kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup onion finely diced
  • 3/4 cup celery finely diced
  • 1 green bell pepper cored, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large ham hock or 1 1/2 cups diced ham
  • 1 pound black eyed peas rinsed
  • 6 cups chicken broth I use low sodium
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • steamed rice for serving


  • Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and bell pepper and cook for 4-5 minutes or until softened.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the bay leaf, thyme, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper, ham hock or diced ham, and black eyed peas. Stir to combine
  • Pour in the chicken broth and bring the pot to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium low, and cook for one hour or until peas are tender.
  • Remove the ham hock from the pot. Cut the meat off the bone, and return the meat to the pot.
  • Sprinkle with parsley, then serve over rice.



Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 507mg | Potassium: 390mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 317IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg