This is perfect for New Years, and tasty any day of the week. Try this simple and Amazing Crockpot Black Eyed Peas Recipe for your family!
This is a must make recipe for New Years. This Crockpot Black Eyed Peas recipe is full of flavor and one of the best I have ever tasted! They are also a perfect use for that left over ham bone!
Why Eat Black Eyed Peas for New Years
Black Eyed Peas are one of my hubby's favorites and have long been a New Year's Tradition in the South. Do you want to know why??
The tradition dates back to the Civil War, when Union troops, especially in areas targeted by General William Tecumseh Sherman, typically stripped the countryside of all stored food, crops, and livestock, and destroyed whatever they could not carry away. At that time, Northerners considered "field peas" and field corn suitable only for animal fodder, and did not steal or destroy these humble foods (Wikipedia)
That is your history lesson for the day.
Where to get a Ham Bone?
Anyhow, I know many of you have a ham bone left over from Christmas, so this is the perfect time to put it to use. If you do not have a ham bone left, you can get a ham hock at any local meat department or butcher. The ham bone makes these peas amazing! I actually think it is. It adds serious flavor to these otherwise bland peas.
You can serve these as a side dish, or even as a meal oven some rice. Either way, your house will smell amazing as these simmer in the crockpot all day long. YUM!
How to Make Crockpot Black Eyed Peas
This recipe is super simple. Just soak the peas overnight in a large bowl.
The kids love this part because they grow overnight! Heck, I am an adult and I still think it is fun.
Put all of your ingredients in your crockpot and put the lid on. Don't open it again for about 8 hours. I recommend a 6 qt crockpot for this recipe since it makes quite a bit.
Did you know? Every time you lift the lid when you are cooking with a crockpot you increase the cooking time by 20 minutes. Really...it's true! 🙂
When they are done you will have a nice warm bowl of delicious Crockpot black eyed peas that are perfect with a piece of cornbread.
Store in leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also freeze extras to enjoy later.
Crockpot Black-Eyed Peas
- 1 lb Dried Black Eyed Peas
- 1 Ham bone (or ham hock)
- 32 oz Beef Broth
- 2 tsp cajun seasoning
- Place Dried Peas in a large bowl of water and allow them to soak over night.
- In the morning, drain and place the peas, ham bone, seasoning and beef broth in the crockpot and cover.
- Cook them on low for 8-10 hours.
- Serve alone as a side dish or with rice
Originally posted in December 2013. Updated December 2019.
More Delicious Crockpot Recipes
- Crockpot Collard Greens Recipe
- DELICIOUS Crockpot Ham and Potato Soup Recipe
- Crockpot Cornbread Recipe
Oh, and you can't enjoy crockpot black eyed peas without some fresh cornbread! I love this Homemade Cornbread Mix Recipe from A Few Shortcuts! It makes the best homemade cornbread around!