Spicy Black Eyed Peas

This is a delicious recipe for black eyed peas. Even if you think you don’t like black eyed peas, you are going to like these. They are full of flavor, and perfect for any occasion, including A New Year’s celebration. When I was a kid, we only had black eyed peas that were green. We planted them in the garden, and ate them fresh. They were delicious. However, on New Year’s Day, my mother thought we had to have the white black eyed peas like everyone else, so she bought canned black eyed peas. I absolutely loathed them. I could barely choke down a couple on New Year’s Day.  So, when it was my time to make the beans, I tried them from dried. I found they aren’t much better unless they have some help from lots of flavorful ingredients. I experimented with different flavors, and researched different recipes, until I got a recipe for black eyed peas that even my husband would eat. Not only will my husband eat them, but he actually loves them.  This full flavor recipe is seasoned with smoky bacon and spicy picante sauce. I used a medium picante sauce, you could also use a mild or hot picante. For an even milder flavor, use a can of diced tomatoes and green chilies, and add 1/2 green pepper, diced. You can easily make this in a crock pot or dutch oven. I always use my crock pot for beans, so these were made in the crock pot on New Year’s Day. The instructions are included below.

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Spicy Black Eyed Peas

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1 package, 16 oz black eyed peas
1/2 lb smoky bacon, diced
1 sweet onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 cups picante sauce
3 cups water


Soak the beans overnight in the water. Cook bacon until crisp. Add bacon and the fat to the beans. Add celery, onion, and picante sauce.

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

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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  8 Responses to “Spicy Black Eyed Peas”

  1. Tasty Trix — January 8, 2010 @ 6:19 pm

    I LOVE black eyed peas – any way I can get them!

  2. Reiko — January 8, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

    This looks delicious! A friend of mine (from the South) always tells me that I should eat black eyed peas for the new year, and I forgot this year again! He tells me to use ham hocks (by which I’m a little intimidated), but it’s good to know you can also use bacon.

  3. redkathy — January 8, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

    Black eyed peas are the bomb! Your recipe sounds great Angie. I know the guys will really enjoy this one. Hubby will have to eat them naked, he’s watching his carbs.

  4. Joanne — January 8, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

    I am all about beans in the crockpot as well. You just can’t go wrong there.

    This recipe sounds incredibly flavorful! I really wanted to make black-eyed peas for new years but for some reason didn’t. I’ve bookmarked htese for next year!

  5. Karine — January 9, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

    I love black eyed peas. I believe they are so fun to eat!

    Your recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Jessie — January 10, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    that looks delicious! what a great way of kicking black eyed peas up a notch

  7. Christine — January 10, 2010 @ 8:48 pm

    This looks delicious! I am always looking for new crock pot recipes. Thanks!

  8. Ok, I was a little confused at first. Do I drain the bacon grease? Are the 3 cups of water to soak the beans or do I add it in later & if so, where? Here’s what I did differently…

    1. Kept the bacon grease…don’t drain it.
    2. When soaking the beans, cover with water & set on the counter. After 24 hours, drain the water & refrigerate the beans so they don’t get too soggy.
    3. Add 1 can of petit diced tomatoes with the juice.
    4. I used 4 cloves of garlic. No vampires in this house!
    5. When adding the bell pepper, onion, garlic & salsa, also add the 3 cups of water.
    6. Cook 2 days before you need them. Good to put the pot in the frig & let the spices soak up in the peas.

    These beans made the entire house smell great! Loved them & hopefully we’ll have good luck the entire 2013 year! Happy New Year!!!!

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