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Hoppin' John Recipe

Break out a batch of our sassy bacon infused Hoppin John Recipe. The "Cajun holy trinity" ramps up the flavor, with an assist from the black eyed peas!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Black-eyed Peas, Hoppin John, New Year Tradition, Southern
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 13 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 33 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 478kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 6 Slices Bacon, Chopped
  • 1 1/2 Cups Onion, Chopped
  • 4 Stalks Celery, Chopped
  • 1 Cup Green Pepper, Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Teaspoon Fresh Thymes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 8 Cups Chicken Broth, Low Sodium
  • 4 Cups Frozen Black-Eyed Peas. Thawed and Drained
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 Cups Uncooked "Carolina  Gold" Rice
  • Green Onions


  • In a large pot, cook the chopped bacon until it begins to crisp, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, thyme, black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Saute the vegetables with the crisp bacon until tender, about 7-10 minutes.
  • Add the broth and thawed Black-Eyed Peas and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until the black-eyed peas are tender, about 40 minutes.
  • Drain the mixture, reserving all the cooking liquid. Place the drained mixture back in the pot they were cooked in and add 1 cup of cooking liquid. Cover and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, toast the rice in oil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the rice becomes fragrant.
  • Stir in 3 cups of reserved cooking liquid, remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer gently until the cooking liquid has absorbed and the rice is tender.
  • Fluff the cooked rice with a fork, then add the rice to the black-eyed pea mixture. 
  • Add the remaining cooking liquid, 1⁄4 cup at a time, until the mixture reaches the desired texture. Sprinkle servings with sliced fresh scallions.


Serving: 1/6 of the recipe | Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 1904mg | Potassium: 837mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 47.1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 4.2mg