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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!

4.8 from 5 reviews
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. OMG!! I’ve never really liked black eyed peas before, but we had our annual New Year’s dinner & it was part of the menu. I saw your recipe & volunteered to make them. Diva you are heaven sent. They were the bomb. Everyone was asking who made them & I bragged my butt off ,thanks to you.

  2. Thank you for this GREAT recipe! I took your advice and made it vegetarian and added celery and tomatoes! Amazing!

  3. So easy and so good! Made them for New Years Day and yummy. I tried once before on my own and they were a watery mess.

    Looking forward to more recipes,

  4. I love your recipes! Every time I reference a recipe from your site, it turns out to be the hit of the party. “THANKS” from one diva to another!

  5. Can you use smoked neck bones instead of turkey legs?

  6. New staple recipe for black eyed peas!!! This lasted for two whole days in my home.

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

  8. 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!!

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

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

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