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Hoppin’ John Black-Eyed Peas Recipe

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The new year is right around the corner. While I am not a Southerner, I do like the idea of enjoying black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day as a way to usher in a prosperous and lucky new year.

Hoppin' John Blackeyed Peas

Whether or not you believe the superstitions around the tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, the practice dates back hundreds of years. According to Wikipedia, it was first recorded as early as 500 CE as a “good luck” food at Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

Blackeyed peas

I am not a superstitious person in the least, I simply like the idea that I might have a luckier year if I enjoy these tasty peas on New Year’s day – besides, they are easy to prepare, tasty yummy, are healthy and inexpensive! Can’t ask for more that that! I use the recipe right off the package of Melissa’s Vegetarian Blackeyed Peas.

Blackeyed Peas

Hoppin’ John Black-Eyed Peas Recipe


  • 1 tub Melissa’s Blackeyed Peas, cooked
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cups rice, cooked


  1. Sauté onion in olive oil until tender.
  2. Add cooked Black-eyed Peas and remaining ingredients, except rice.
  3. Cook for ten minutes and serve over rice.

I stirred my rice right into the peas. We enjoy this with my husband’s Cubano pork!

Hoppin John Black-eyed peas

What do you think about Black-eyed peas on New Year’s? Lucky or not?

(22) Comments

  1. Had black eye peas for dinner yesterday. The first time I had them, and they are pretty good.

  2. CourtneyLynne says:

    Ooooo now this sounds all sorts of tasty!!! Definitely going to have to give this a pin so I can give it a try! Yum

  3. Debra says:

    I have never tried anything like this! It sounds fantastic, adding the ingredients to my shopping list for sure!

  4. I have never been that fond of Black Eyed Peas, but I do eat then on New Years Day. I am like you and have decided that it couldn’t hurt. Your husband’s pork looks great too!

  5. That pork taco looks SO yummy! I’ll definitely have to try this; I need to start cooking with more beans!

    1. Stacey says:

      It is a simple and delicious recipe!

  6. I love this recipe! This has become our traditional New Year’s Day dinner! We serve with collard greens and corn bread. It is supposed to be lucky!

    1. Stacey says:

      I love a good cornbread! Happy New Year’s!

  7. Funny, I’m from the south and we never had the tradition of Black Eyed Peas for the new year, my friends did and I grew love them. We are of German heritage and I grew up with Pork and Sauerkraut, then my Italian friends turned me on to Lentils and Sausage. Every year we have an open house on New Years and I make these dishes and we set up a buffet. This year I may add your hopping john to the list!

    1. Stacey says:

      Sounds like a wonderful New Year’s open house! I wish I lived closer 🙂 Happy New Year, Monica!

  8. I read your title and I wondered what the heck is hoppi john? Haha. I had no idea it was a brand. Back eyed peas are definitely a southern thing.

    1. Stacey says:

      Yes, definitely a southern tradition. A yummy one at that!

  9. We’re a Southern family and this is a favorite dish! Not a big believer in luck but I am a lover of tradition and this is a fun one!

    1. Stacey says:

      I suppose in reality we make our own luck. But yes, a fun and tasty tradition for sure.

  10. This sounds amazing. I love black eyed beans and it is great in winter when the weather is colder isn’t it?

    1. Stacey says:

      Yes, perfect for the cooler months!

  11. I must have been living under a rock, I’ve never heard about black eyed peas and bringing luck for the new year! Hmmmm maybe I need to go get some and try it just in case? lol!

    1. Stacey says:

      I say it really can’t hurt! Plus they are yummy.

  12. This sounds like a yummy recipe, real comfort food for this time of year with the dark nights and cold weather x

    1. Stacey says:

      It really is comfort food!

  13. I’m all for luck in the New Year and I love Black Eyed peas so this works for me 🙂

    1. Stacey says:

      Me, too!

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