Crock Pot Black Eyed Peas Recipe: Hearty and Delicious!

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Please start a new tradition with this slow cooker black-eyed pea recipe and bring yourself good luck by making them on New Year’s Day! These Southern-style black-eyed peas are slow-cooked with ham, bacon, and onion, making a perfect meal.

This recipe makes a Southern delicacy easy! A hearty bowl of smoky, comforting black-eyed peas is great for your health and your soul, especially when you don’t have to watch a pot on the stove.

You can spoon them over rice, add them to soups, or enjoy them as they are. The possibilities are endless. You can make these peas a day or two ahead of time and reheat them on the stovetop. Or, freeze a cooked batch for up to three months. Just thaw them overnight in the fridge before you plan on serving them.

Serve black-eyed peas piping hot as a side dish with your favorite meal. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. To reheat, warm them on the stovetop over medium heat, or microwave individual servings. Enjoy this easy and delicious dish anytime!

Crock Pot Black Eyed Peas Recipe

Crock Pot Black Eyed Peas Recipe

This recipe is a Southern classic made simple! Enjoy a hearty bowl of smoky, comforting black-eyed peas that are not only good for your health but also warm your soul, especially when you don’t have to babysit a simmering pot of peas. It’s one of my favorite Southern sides that always has my family asking for seconds. This straightforward recipe delivers big on flavor—you can prep it in the morning and come home to perfectly cooked peas just in time for dinner.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine African
Servings 4
Calories 246 kcal


  • Slow Cooker (Crock Pot)
  • Skillet
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife


  • 1 pound 453g Dried black-eyed peas, sorted and rinsed
  • 1 cup 160g diced Smoked sausage
  • 4-5 slices Bacon chopped
  • 1 Large onion diced
  • 1 stalk Celery diced
  • 2-3 tsp minced Garlic
  • 2 tsp minced fresh Thyme
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 7 cups Chicken broth
  • 1-2 tsp Creole seasoning
  • 1 tsp Paprika optional
  • 1 tbsp Bouillon powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Start by cooking the bacon in a skillet until it’s crispy. Remove the bacon and set it aside for later.
  • In the same skillet with the bacon drippings, sauté the diced onion, celery, garlic, and fresh thyme for about 3 minutes until they’re softened and fragrant. Take the skillet off the heat.
  • Transfer the dried black-eyed peas into a slow cooker. Add the bay leaf, paprika (if using), Creole seasoning, bouillon powder, pepper, and the sautéed veggies from the skillet.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and give everything a good stir to combine.
  • Cover the slow cooker with the lid and set it to cook on high for 7 hours. Resist the urge to lift the lid during cooking—it helps the peas cook evenly and absorb all the flavors.
  • After 7 hours, check that the black-eyed peas are tender. Taste and season with salt and more pepper if needed.
  • Serve your delicious Southern black-eyed peas hot, garnished with the crispy bacon you set aside earlier.


  • Using Pre-Soaked Beans: If you prefer, soak your beans for 8 hours or overnight. Use only 5 cups of chicken broth and cook on high for 5 hours instead of 7.
  • For Creamier Beans: Remove a cup of the cooked peas, mash them up, and stir them back into the slow cooker.
  • Salting the Beans: There’s debate on whether to salt beans before or after cooking. Some believe that salting first makes the beans more tender.
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Nutrition Facts:

Calories246 kcal
Sodium 555mg

Can I Use Canned Black-Eyed Peas Instead of Dried Ones?

Can I Use Canned Black-Eyed Peas Instead of Dried Ones?

Yes, you can use canned black-eyed peas. Add them to the slow cooker after the sautéed veggies and seasonings, and reduce the chicken broth to 3-4 cups. Cook on low for 1-2 hours, just until heated through.

How Do I Store and Reheat Leftover Black-Eyed Peas?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. To reheat, microwave a portion for 2-3 minutes or heat on the stovetop over medium heat until warmed through. Add a little chicken broth or water if needed.

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