Homemade Southern Hoppin John

Hoppin’ John is a traditional New Year’s Day dish. It is said that eating this black-eyed peas dish on Jan. 1 will bring luck all year long.


  • 4 strips bacon, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cups cooked black-eyed peas or 2 packages (10 oz. each) frozen black-eyed peas
  • 1/2 cup white rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a Dutch oven, cook bacon add onions until bacon is crisp and onions are soft. Add black-eyed peas, rice, 1 cup of water, and red pepper flakes. Cover and simmer over low heat until rice is cooked, about 20 to 25 minutes. Toss with salt and pepper and serve immediately. 

Makes 8 servings.

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