🎶 I got a feeling, that tonight’s gonna be a good night 🎶 for these black-eyed pea recipes!
They’re hearty, tasty, and surprisingly versatile.
25 Easy Recipes with Black-Eyed Peas for A Taste of The South
From classic Southern-style dishes to modern fusion cuisine, black-eyed peas add flavor and nutrition to any recipe.
And they’re easier than you think to cook.
With just a few simple ingredients, you can transform this humble bean into a delicious and memorable meal.
In fact, I think your family will love these black-eyed pea recipes so much, they’ll shout 🎶 I’m addicted, and I just can’t get enough 🎶
(Last one, I promise!)
1. Traditional Hoppin’ John
Traditional Hoppin’ John is a comforting dish of black-eyed peas and cooked rice that’s beloved in many cultures.
The savory flavor of the black-eyed peas and the spice-filled aroma are too good to miss.
Add fluffy cooked rice for an inviting, homey sensation that’s sure to please any palette.
2. Black-Eyed Pea Curry
If you enjoy chickpea curry, you’ll love this fun Southern version.
Actually, it’s a pretty typical Indian dish featuring plenty of spices, tomatoes, and dried black-eyed peas.
And it’s made in an Instant Pot, so you don’t need to worry about cooking the peas for too long.
3. Pan-Fried Black-Eyed Peas
If you crave texture and deliciousness, look no further than pan-fried black-eyed peas.
This Southern classic consists of tender beans with onions, garlic, and bell peppers. So every bite is loaded with savory goodness.
Best served hot over steamed rice, these black-eyed beauties are sure to make your tummy sing with pleasure.
4. Creamy Southern Black-Eyed Peas
This mix of delicious ingredients is rich, creamy, and loaded with meaty flavor.
You’ll start with stew must-haves (onions and garlic), then add turkey wings or smoked ham to give you that down-home country feel.
It’s hearty, family-friendly, and oh-so-comforting. Serve it over rice or mashed potatoes, and your family will beg for more!
5. Jalapeno Black-Eyed Pea Cakes
Whether you serve these as a shrimp boil side dish or with salad for lunch, I know you’ll love ’em.
Between the seasoned peas, onion, peppers, cornbread, and jalapeño cream, they’re pretty hard to resist.
Add chopped jalapeños to the patties if you like it extra spicy!
6. Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Black-eyed pea salad is an earthy and intriguing dish with an unexpected blend of flavors.
It packs a wallop of smoky, tangy, and crunchy goodness that will tantalize the tastebuds!
Meanwhile, the protein-packed black-eyed peas provide the perfect backdrop for a wild combination of veggies and spices.
7. Black-Eyed Pea Chili
This tasty chili is made with black-eyed peas, ground beef, and hot pork sausage and is not to be missed.
You’ll add a punchy blend of chili powder, cumin, and paprika for warmth. Then there’s cayenne for a touch of spice.
Add a tomato base and plenty of peas, and you’re all set.
8. Cajun Stewed Black Eyed Peas with Greens
Want a real taste of the South?
It doesn’t get much more traditional than stewed black-eyed peas with bell pepper, Cajun seasoning, collard greens, and okra.
This dish is loaded with colors, tastes, and texture. And you can easily modify it to your liking.
For example, swap the greens for spinach if that’s all you have. Just don’t add them until the end!
9. Black-Eyed Pea Stew
This stew is an adventurous yet comforting recipe you’ll want to make all winter long.
Though it’s so yummy, you’ll probably make it in summer too.
It’s a unique combination of smoky ham and juicy tomatoes, all united in one pot with black-eyed peas and broth.
The flavors are bold without being too overpowering. And every bite is better than the last.
10. Hoppin’ John Patties with Herbed Tomatoes
If you’ve never experienced Southern food, then give this recipe a whirl.
It’s a simplified twist on the recipe at the top, and it’s such a fun way to serve black-eyed peas.
The light flavor of the herbed tomatoes perfectly complements the savory hoppin’ patties.
11. Chili Roasted Black-Eyed Peas
I have a serious weak spot for crispy chickpeas. So I made this recipe as soon as I saw it!
And yes, they’re just as crunchy and moreish.
The spicy and smoky flavors are sure to excite. And you can serve them as a tasty snack or crunchy salad topping.
12. Black-Eyed Pea Casserole
What do a lot of Southern recipes have in common? They call for smoky sausage, bold Cajun spices, juicy tomatoes, and rice.
And this casserole is no exception!
You’ll need pork breakfast sausage – or chunks if you prefer – along with peppers, black-eyed peas, and cream of chicken soup.
Add some cheese, then bake until it’s bubbly!
13. Cajun Black-Eyed Pea Burgers
Need a vegan option for your next backyard bash? Try these stunning Cajun black-eyed pea burgers.
They’re loaded with color, texture, and incredible flavor.
From the corn and peppers to the cornmeal and red onion, they’re tender, crispy, spicy, sweet, and to die for.
Serve them with salad or in vegan buns. And if you have the time, the vegan remoulade is a must!
14. Black-Eyed Pea Cornbread Casserole
This delectable dish combines two classic Southern faves – savory black-eyed peas and sweet cornbread.
What a match made in heaven!
Serve with a side of greens for a delicious dinner everyone will devour.
And if you’re feeling adventurous, throw in some extra diced jalapeños to kick the heat up a notch.
15. Cajun Black-Eyed Peas Pasta
This delectable recipe combines hot Cajun spices with black-eyed peas, fresh bell peppers, garlic, onion, and whole wheat noodles.
Together they create an explosion of flavor. Like so many of these recipes, it’s spicy, smoky, and savory all at once.
And it’s such a pleasant change from the usual ragu!
16. Hot Black-Eyed Pea Dip
If you’re looking for a unique, cheesy dip that’s sure to put a smile on everyone’s face, try this recipe.
The south-of-the-border fusion is smoky, tangy, spicy, and sweet, making it ideal for any get-together.
And this crowd-pleasing dip won’t take very long to put together, either.
17. Cowboy Caviar
Cowboy caviar is the perfect combination of hearty and zing.
A tasty concoction of veggies and spices, it’s the answer to your flavor fatigue!
Richly spiced and pleasantly crunchy, this recipe satisfies all the senses and combines a delightful blend of flavors.
Trust me, it will quickly become a family favorite!
18. Black Eyed Peas Chocolate Chip Blondies
Don’t adjust your screen – you’re reading that right.
If you’ve ever made black bean brownies, you’ll know they’re shockingly fudgy and filling.
They’re also way healthier than regular brownies.
And these black-eyed pea blondies are just as scrummy!
Made with oat flour, chocolate chips, and a few spices, they’re unique and nutritious.
19. Mediterranean Couscous Stuffed Peppers
Swap those usual meat-filled peppers with these couscous peppers, and everyone will want the recipe.
The vibrant capsicum stuffed with garlicky couscous will lure even avid meat-eaters in.
Leave the feta off if you need it vegan. If not, you’ll love the creamy kick it brings.
20. Black-Eyed Peas Taco Dip
Here’s another dip for your next party or potluck. And it’s a fun take on the usual taco dip with refried beans.
That said, you’ll make refried peas which act as the base. Over that, you’ll layer all kinds of fresh ingredients, including salsa and lettuce.
Best served cold with crunchy chips, it’ll be gone in a flash.
21. Easy Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
We’ve had a couple of recipes that usually call for chickpeas. So this one’s a no-brainer!
Other than the color, this homemade hummus is just as creamy and delicious as any chickpea blend.
And the tangy tahini paste really ties the flavors together, balancing out the spices.
Plus, it takes just a few minutes to prepare, so you can have this ready in no time.
22. Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo
Gumbo is one of those Southern meals you have to try at least once.
It’s hearty, zesty, spicy, and absolutely loaded with flavor. Seriously, it’s about as good as Southern cooking gets!
Of course, there’s already plenty to love between the Andouille sausage, chicken, shrimp, onions, peppers, and spices.
But the peas just add a little something extra.
23. Black-Eyed Peas Fritters
Fritters are such a delightful snack or side dish. They’re crispy, poppable, and even the kids love them.
And these ones, made with mashed black-eyed peas, onions, and spices, couldn’t be easier to whip up!
Serve them with spicy sauce or on the side of a bowl of gumbo! They soak up juices like a dream.
24. Sloppy Black-Eyed Peas
Need a delicious dinner that doesn’t require a lot of effort? These sloppy black-eyed peas are the answer!
This easy combination of black-eyed peas, bell pepper, garlic, and spices slowly cooked in tomato sauce has an irresistible flavor profile.
And while it’s not quite the same as the OG recipe, I think you’ll really like the added texture.
25. Black-Eyed Pea Enchiladas
Introducing the King of Mexican comfort food – black-eyed pea enchiladas!
This dish holds a proud place in southern cooking and comes crammed with tasty flavors.
Hearty and slightly spicy black-eyed peas mixed with sweet onions, bell peppers, and vegan cheese are just as yummy as they sound.
Serve it up with guacamole and sour cream for a complete meal.
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