Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas with Ham

Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas with Ham


Ring in the New Year, or enjoy them at any time of year, with this comforting Southern-style recipe for crockpot black-eyed peas with ham!
  • 8 oz smoked lean ham steak, diced (or a ham bone would be perfect)
  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas, rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • ½ tsp chili powder, I used chipotle
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  1. Soak peas overnight in 6 cups of water.
  2. The next morning, drain the peas and discard the water, transfer the peas to the slow cooker.
  3. Add 4 cups of fresh water, bay leaves and ham.
  4. Cover and cook on high 6 hours or until the beans are tender.
  5. After 6 hours, in a large skillet, add the oil and sauté onion, garlic, bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, and tomato until soft, about 6 minutes.
  6. Add to the slow cooker and season black eyed peas generously with salt, cumin, chili powder and black pepper.
  7. Cover and cook on high 1 to 1½ more hours.
  8. Discard bay leaves and serve.

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