Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is a beloved tradition for many people in the South. However, you don’t have to be a Southern native to fall in love with these Slow Cooker Spicy Black-Eyed Peas — and it’s easy to see why.
According to Southerners, black-eyed peas represent luck and prosperity for the New Year: Black-eyed peas symbolize pennies, but for some, the traditional dish also means a year’s worth of good health due to its high nutritional value.
After hours of searching for the BEST black-eyed peas recipe for you and your loved ones to enjoy, we finally found the winner. Slow Cooker Spicy Black-Eyed Peas are the PERFECT way to ring in the new year! This recipe is hassle-free, full of flavor, and outrageously satisfying.
Here’s how to make Slow Cooker Spicy Black-Eyed Peas:
- 6 cups water
- 1 cube chicken bouillon
- 1 pound dried black-eyed peas, sorted and rinsed
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
- 1 jalapeno chile, seeded and minced
- 8 ounces diced ham
- 4 slices bacon, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- salt, to taste
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Pour the water into a slow cooker, add the bouillon cube, and stir to dissolve. Combine the black-eyed peas, onion, garlic, bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, ham, bacon, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper; stir to blend. Cover the slow cooker and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours until the beans are tender.
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