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Southern Black Eyed Peas

Southern Black Eyed Peas

Southern, Soul Food Black Eyed Peas

Nothing says Happy New Years better than a pot of southern black eyed peas & soul food collard greens! Whether you buy into the hype that eating these dishes will bring wealth & a slew of other good things, just enjoying them with family and being thankful that I’ve made it into another year is MORE THAN ENOUGH for me!

This is my grandmothers soul food recipe (that I’ve tweaked a bit). It’s a basic recipe for a pot of good ol, southern black eyed peas.  She blesses us with these throughout the year but on New Years they tend to taste a bit better.  Talk about flavorful!!! Forget the bland, mushy black eyed peas you may have tasted in the past. This recipe always gets a “wow, these are some good black eyed peas!” from newbies that have never tasted hers before.  Like always my grandmother just smiles and say “well…it could be better” lol (she’s adorable!)

how to make southern black eyed peas recipe

This recipe could easily be turned into vegetarian-friendly black eyed peas by omitting the meat and using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. You can even get all fancy smancy and throw in some chopped tomatoes, celery and all that other jazz.

Either way they taste fabulous! Pour on some hot sauce and give me a fat piece of cornbread on the side and I’m a happy  gal!

Watch me make these black eyed peas from start to finish!

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Southern Black Eyed Peas
  • 4-5 green onions, chopped (or 1 medium
  • white onion, chopped)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 (16 oz) bag of dry black eyed peas
  • Smoked Turkey (as much as you
  • desire. I used half of a fully cooked, smoked turkey leg. Just chopped the meat up into bits. You can leave it whole if you do not like meat in your black eyed peas but like the flavor)
  • 6-8 cups of chicken broth (or enough to cover the beans)
  • Red pepper flakes,
  • black pepper (optional)
  1. Sort & wash the black eyed peas. Set aside.
  2. Chop onions & garlic.
  3. In a large pot, add in 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and saute the onions and garlic until tender.
  4. Add in the chopped meat, black eye peas, & chicken broth
  5. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until black eyed peas are tender.
  6. Remove from heat and let sit covered for about 10-15 minutes.
  7. Season with red pepper & black pepper if desired.



  1. Lawd Have Mercy!!! These R Gooood!! Thanks a million Diva, You Rock!!

  2. I made these a few months ago, for my dad! I myself, don’t eat them! My thoughts going in…”I’m going to put my foot into these peas”!! I added okra, that I sautéed with some of the onion & garlic!! When finished, the smell & how I presented it…..”I put both feet in these here peas”!! I had my 4yr old granddaughter call him! He said the peas were “PERFECT”!! He ate the whole pot!! Mo, thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes! 10 stars…hands down!!

  3. where’s the red beans n rice??? :D

  4. Making this now, but I’m putting it in the crock pot!

  5. Thanks for this video.. Just was wondering if you soaked the peas overnight prior to cooking them or just drop them in as is?


  7. Do you have an APP on Android or Iphones? If not I hope you will soon.Your recipes are great!

  8. Seeing your black eyed pea recipe reminds me of being a kid – haven’t had them since. I will definitely being enjoying this one time and agian. Thanks.

  9. I came across this as I was searching for a Black Eye Pea recipe to try for my family. I am anxious to see as they turn out and will definitily post an update! thank you

  10. MO MO MO… i love u SO!!! I wanted to thank you for keeping it real and posting recipes that are ABSOLUTELY Delicious! You are my idol…… Blessings to you and your family.. EVERYTHING I have made is delicious… the GREENS ARE A BIG HIT IN MY HOME.. Keep up the good work!

  11. I’m a New England girl married to a New Orleans boy, so I’ve had to learn to cook black eyed peas. I’ve tried lots of recipes over the years, but yours is THE BEST! And so simple! Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

  12. Hey Diva. Do you have to soak these peas before you cook them?

  13. mmm.. love it! I’m using your recipe today, on New Year’s Day! Thanks for helping a Southern girl bring a little bit of Georgia to Indiana! :)


  14. Hi. First of all, I love your site and the eBook that I purchased oline. But, I clicked on download and followed the instructions to print some of your recipes that weren’t in the eBook, but the recipe still didn’t pull up for me. How can I get the recipe to pull? Thanks!!

  15. omg, my house smells so good with these cooking, i cant wait to eat them. I smancied them up with diced tomato. and added smoked ham


  17. Love the site….found you through Homemade Mothering…I loved your fried chicken, am drooling over your mac/n/cheese and am afraid to try the Samoas recipe…my all time favorite cookie which will make me go from ) ( to ( ) overnight as nobody else in my house likes coconut…..Your site will be my guilty pleasure, I can't wait to try the turkey meatloaf…..you're awesome!

  18. Monique,

    Thought you should start the New Year with a Blog Award. Go here to
    grab your honor–

    I am actually using your black eye pea recipe today!Thanks for sharing it and everything else on your yummy site!

    Happy New Year!
    Much love!

  19. ok thanks!

  20. I use regular

  21. Hi I love your blog! I just want to know if you use low sodium or do you just buy the reg chicken broth. THKS!

  22. I will be soaking my beans tomorrow! This recipe sounds delicious!!!

  23. HI Genny!!! Thanks girl!!

  24. Following from MBC!

    Looks like you have some great recipes here. :)

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