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Slow Cooker Lucky Black Eyed Peas and Ham {Hoppin John

Slow Cooker Lucky Black Eyed Peas and Ham {Hoppin John}

Though lucky for a new year, Hoppin John should not be only reserved for this occasion. It's simple rustic, country food at its finest. Black eyed peas, ham (a great way to use up leftover holiday ham and ham bones too), carrot 'coins', kale or collard greens and a bit of spice. Be sure to take a bit as your first bite of the New Year for luck!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 7 -8 cups
Calories 331kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 medium Yellow Onion , peeled and chopped
  • 2 large Garlic Cloves , peeled and diced
  • 1 cup Carrot ‘Coins’; peeled and cut into slices
  • 1 Serrano Chile , destemmed, seeds removed and diced
  • 2 cups Lacinato (Dinosaur) Kale or Collard Greens (about 6 large leaves), sliced across the leaf into thin ribbons
  • ½ cup Long Grain Rice , uncooked
  • 2 15- ounce cans Black Eyed Peas , drained
  • 1 cup chopped Ham*
  • 2 Ham Hocks or 1 Ham Bone
  • 2 1/2 cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock/Broth
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin , ground
  • ¼ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes


  • Spray a 6-7 quart slow cooker with non-stick spray, and layer the onion, garlic, carrots, serrano chile and kale in the slow cooker. Sprinkle the uncooked rice on top of the vegetables. Layer the black-eyed peas, ham and the ham hocks or bone on top. Evenly pour 1 ½ cups of the chicken stock on the mixture and sprinkle on the cumin and red pepper flakes. Place the lid on the slow cooker and set it on LOW for 6 hours. Stir gently after a few hours to ensure the broth is wetting the upper layer of the mixture.
  • At 4 hours, evenly pour in the remaining 1 cup of chicken stock and stir again. Replace the lid and check for doneness at 5 ½ hours. The mixture is done when the rice is soft (between 5 ½ and 6 hours).


Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 584mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3695IU | Vitamin C: 10.4mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3mg