Hands down, this is the only thing we’ll eat over the new year! We swear by this!

Indulge in the warmth and comfort of Southern cuisine with this delightful Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon recipe. Perfect for those seeking both tradition and convenience, this dish is a symbol of luck and prosperity, especially when enjoyed on New Year’s Day. Prepare it effortlessly in a slow cooker, allowing you to savor the rich, smoky flavors without the hassle of constant supervision. It’s an ideal choice for busy lifestyles or for anyone who loves to let flavors develop over time.
The dish features the earthy taste of black-eyed peas and the smoky aroma of bacon, combined to create a sense of homeliness and comfort. It’s perfect for family meals or special occasions.
Enhance this dish by serving it with freshly baked cornbread, adding a hint of sweetness and a pleasant texture. Pair it with a side of sautéed collard greens or Swiss chard with garlic and olive oil for a nutritious touch. Alternatively, a simple garden salad with a vinaigrette can offer a refreshing balance to the dish’s richness.
Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon
Servings: 6-8

1 pound dried black-eyed peas, rinsed

6 cups low-sodium chicken broth or water

1 medium onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into pieces

8 ounces of diced ham

Salt and black pepper to taste

Optional chopped fresh parsley for garnish


Prepare the black-eyed peas by sorting and rinsing.

In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients except bacon.

Cook bacon until crispy, then add to the slow cooker with a tablespoon of bacon grease.

Cook on high for 6-7 hours or low for 10-12 hours.

Season to taste, remove bay leaf, and garnish with parsley.

Variations & Tips:

For a vegetarian version, skip bacon and use liquid smoke and vegetable broth.

Add bell pepper or celery for extra veggies.

Use pre-cooked or canned peas for a quicker version, reducing cooking time.

Leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen for future meals.

Enjoy this hearty, comforting dish that brings a piece of Southern tradition to your table!

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