Hoppin' John

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black eyed peas, good luck foods, new years day, one pot meals, sausage
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Calories: 649kcal
Mandatory on January 1st for luck and prosperity, but delicious every other day of the year, too!
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  • 1 small onion peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1 carrot peeled and diced
  • 1 jalapeƱo seeds and membranes removed if you don't like spice, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 6 cups frozen black-eyed peas (or one pound dried - soaked overnight and cooked to al dente)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 cup cilantro chopped

Garnish with:

  • cooked rice
  • additional fresh cilantro
  • hot sauce if desired


  • In a large dutch oven or heavy pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add kielbasa and cook until browned and some fat has rendered into the pot, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add onions, celery and carrots and cook for 3-4 minutes, until slightly softened.  Add cumin and bay leaf, stir to coat vegetables with cumin.
  • Add black eyed peas and broth. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes, until peas are tender and creamy.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the garlic and cilantro.
  • Serve over rice with additional cilantro or hot sauce, if desired.


Calories: 649kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 818mg | Potassium: 1641mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1445IU | Vitamin C: 10.3mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 11.5mg