Black-Eyed Peas and rice is dish made with smoked meat, with onions, and peppers. Traditionally black-eyed peas are served on New Year’s Day with collard greens and cornbread.


  • 1 cup dried black-eyed peas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup lean diced ham
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 pinches paprika, or more to taste
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • Some sort of smoked meat was used to flavor the dish. 


Step 1

Place black-eyed peas into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 8 hours to overnight. Drain and rinse.

Step 2

Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat; cook and stir ham until browned, about 5 minutes. Add onion, green bell pepper, and garlic; saute until onion is tender, about 10 minutes. Add black-eyed peas, water, bay leaves, paprika, salt, and black pepper; cover pot with a lid and simmer until peas are tender, 40 to 50 minutes.

Step 3

Remove bay leaves from black-eyed peas mixture and stir in rice. Simmer until all the liquid is evaporated, 5 to 10 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving:

274 calories; protein 12.6g; carbohydrates 41.7g; fat 6.4g; cholesterol 10.6mg; sodium 277.5mg. 

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