Slow Cooker Black Eye Peas and Ham

Slow Cooker Black Eye Peas and Ham – only 5 ingredients – dried black eye peas, diced ham, chicken broth, water, and cajun seasoning No need to presoak the beans – just dump everything in the crockpot and let it cook all day! Eat on New Year’s Day for good luck in the new year. #slowcooker #crockpot #blackeyedpeas #ham #newyears

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Black Eyed Peas for New Year’s Day

In the South, black eye peas are a must for New Year’s Day.  Black eyed peas are said to bring you good luck in the new year.  I am not one to tempt fate, so I always eat black eye peas on New Year’s Day.  This year I am going to make these Slow Cooker Black Eye Peas and Ham. They are SUPER easy to make and taste great! We serve the peas with some extra ham and homemade cornbread. It doesn’t get much better than this!

How to Make Slow Cooker Black Eye Peas and Ham

These peas couldn’t be any easier to make. Simply dump dried black eye peas, chicken broth, diced ham, water, and cajun seasoning in a crockpot. Cover and cook on LOW until tender.

  • You don’t have to soak the peas, just rinse them off and put them in the slow cooker.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Cajun/Creole Seasoning: https://www.plainchicken.com/creolecajun-seasoning-secret-recipe/
  • If using store-bought Cajun seasoning, look for Tony Chachere’s or Slap Ya Mama. If you are sensitive to salt, make sure to buy a salt-free seasoning.
  • For the ham, you can use leftover diced ham or throw in your ham bone.
  • Don’t have ham? Feel free to substitute leftover turkey for the ham. Equally delicious.
bowl of black eyed peas and ham with cornbread

What to Serve with Black Eyed Peas

You can serve these peas as a side dish or main dish. If serving as a main dish, I suggest doubling the amount of ham in the recipe. We like to serve the peas with extra ham, cornbread, and extra veggies! Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with these peas:

bowl of black eyed peas and ham with cornbread

Slow Cooker Black Eye Peas and Ham

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Slow Cooker Black Eye Peas and Ham – only 5 ingredients – dried black eye peas, diced ham, chicken broth, and cajun seasoning No need to presoak the beans – just dump everything in the slow cooker and let it cook all day! Eat on New Year's Day for good luck in the new year.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb dried black eye peas
  • ½ lb diced ham
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp cajun seasoning

Instructions:

  • Rinse black eye peas and put in crockpot. Add remaining ingredients and cook on low 8-10 hours.

Notes:

  • You don’t have to soak the peas, just rinse them off and put them in the slow cooker.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Cajun/Creole Seasoning: https://www.plainchicken.com/creolecajun-seasoning-secret-recipe/
  • If using store-bought Cajun seasoning, look for Tony Chachere’s or Slap Ya Mama. If you are sensitive to salt, make sure to buy a salt-free seasoning.
  • For the ham, you can use leftover diced ham or throw in your ham bone.
  • Don’t have ham? Feel free to substitute leftover turkey or bacon for the ham. Equally delicious.
  • If serving this as a main dish, I suggest doubling the amount of ham.

Steph

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  1. This is my favorite recipe for black eyed peas! So good! I have not cooked another way since I found this one! I always save my Christmas ham bone for New Years Day. Yum!

  2. I have been interested in adding rotel tomatoes to black eyed peas. I would probably swap that for the broth and eliminate the cajun seasoning.

  3. lori5, I am going to guess and say you could do it either way. I am going to substitute smoked sausage and I will fry mine a bit first just to cook out some of the grease.

  4. We always have the peas, too.
    I made your sausage cheese puffs for Christmas morning and they were sooo good. I have them in my post today with a link back to you.

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