Black Eyed Peas

If you’re looking to bring prosperity into your life, Black-eyed Peas are the perfect dish to make on New Year’s. Tradition has it that making this recipe will guarantee good fortune for the New Year to come. Having had an incredible 2023, I can definitely agree. This recipe is straightforward, savory, and pairs perfectly with my Honey Butter Cornbread and Southern Fried Cabbage

Where do I find Black-eyed Peas?

Black-eyed Peas can be found at almost all major grocery stores. I love using dried beans and letting them soak overnight so that my beans cook faster!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Black-eyed Peas (dried)
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Smoked Meat (Turkey Tails, Turkey Necks, or Turkey Legs)
  • Spices (Make sure you use my favorite all purpose seasoning)
  • Chicken Broth
  • Bacon

Why everyone loves this recipe

  • It’s versatile – use whichever seasonings you have on hand, mix and match with different cuts of meats! The black-eyed peas are the base of this recipe, but everything else is optional.
  • It’s family-friendly – even the pickiest of eaters will love this recipe. I recommend serving it alongside my honey butter cornbread for best results. YUM.
  • It’s affordable – Groceries are incredibly pricey right now. I was able to make this entire recipe, which serves 12 comfortably, for under $15.

What meats can I use for Black Eyed Peas?

Smoked Turkey – This is my favorite meat to use and the best option for building flavor and appealing to the masses. For non-pork eaters, this is great!
Ham hock – Also known as Pork Knuckles, Hammocks are a great option and the most traditional option too!
Smoked Pork – If you can’t find Smoked Turkey and you want that smoke flavor, Smoked Pork is your next best option!
Neckbones – You can use neckbone meat to add flavor to your beans.
Oxtail – Any excuse I have to use oxtail, I’m using it. If you don’t eat pork, oxtail adds amazing flavor and helps bring out all the spices.

FAQ For Black Eyed Peas

Do I have to use bacon?
No, if you don’t eat pork, start by sautéing your vegetables in 3 tablespoons of salted butter!

Can I make this recipe in the slow cooker?
Absolutely, follow all the steps and cook this slow and low.

How long does it take to cook?
The beans should be ready in 2-3 hours.

Do I have to soak my beans overnight?
While highly recommended, you can still make this recipe without soaking your beans. Bring 2 cups of boiling hot water and allow your beans to soak in them for at least fifteen minutes.

What should I eat this dish with?
I recommend eating this with my Honey Butter Cornbread

Black eyes peas

Black Eyed Peas

Stewed and slow cooked beans
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 3 hours
Course Side Dish, dinner
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 12
Calories 312 kcal


  • 20 oz Dried black-eyed peas
  • 3 cups Chicken broth
  • 1 whole Red pepper diced
  • 1 Green pepper diced
  • 3 celery stalks diced
  • 6 Garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 Onion diced
  • 1 Turkey tails
  • 2 Turkey necks
  • 1 Turkey legs
  • 1 lb bacon chopped


  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp adobo
  • 1/2 tsp maggi seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp all purpose seasoning
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste



  • In a large bowl, Soak the black eyed peas overnight in enough water to cover them.
  • In a large pot, cook the chopped bacon until crispy. Remove the bacon, set it aside, and leave the bacon fat in the pot.
  • Sautee celery, onions and peppers in the same pot that you cooked the bacon. Then, add in strained black eyed peas.
  • Add the chicken broth to the pot, ensuring that it covers the black-eyed peas. Add additional water to ensure beans are fully covered.
  • Stir in spices.
  • Place the turkey tails, turkey legs, and turkey necks into the pot. Allow the mixture to simmer until the black-eyed peas are tender and the turkey is cooked through (about 1.5 to 2 hours).
  • Serve the black-eyed peas and turkey stew with the crispy chopped bacon pieces on top.
Keyword beans, Black Eyed Peas, New Years, Peas, easy cornbread, stews

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  1. Renee Clark January 1, 2024 at 7:54 pm

    5 stars
    II made this today and it is AMAZING ! I am not a fan of Black eyed peas and I usually only eat them on New Years Day, but because of your recipe I am now a fan and. I could eat this whole pot LOL!! Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes with the world.
    P.S I made your Mac & Cheese recipe for Thanksgiving and it was also a hit!!

  2. Laurice Thomas January 2, 2024 at 3:13 pm

    I made this for my family potluck dinner on New Year’s Day and it was a hit! So delicious! I cannot wait to make it again, next time I won’t add any additional salt

  3. Angela January 2, 2024 at 4:12 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Teresa Mitchell January 6, 2024 at 3:47 pm

    5 stars
    Oh My Goodness Toni!
    This was the second recipe of yours that I’ve tried, then first was the Cajun Turkey for Thanksgiving, it was my first turkey that was juicy and full of flavor and now these Black Eye Peas, OMGosh!!!! tried your recipe for New Years and it was spot on 🔥 🔥 my peas were full of flavor and I ate them all week 😊. Thank You!

  5. Miycol Jones January 28, 2024 at 7:56 pm

    5 stars
    My mom made beans when I was growing up and I never liked them. My husband wanted some I and suspected your recipe would be really good. These are the best beans I’ve ever had, absolutely wonderful! Thank you.