Hoppin’ John – a New Year’s Tradition! Southern legend has it that if you eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day you will have good luck in the new year. Don’t take any chances! Ground beef, sausage, black-eyed peas, onion, Rotel tomatoes and green chiles, garlic, celery, and bell pepper. Serve over rice with homemade cornbread. #newyears #hoppinjohn #goodluck #blackeyedpeas
Hoppin John for Good Luck
In the South, we eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. Legend has it that if you eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day you will have good luck in the new year. I’m not one to tempt fate, so I ALWAYS eat black-eyed peas. You know, just in case! This Hoppin’ John recipe is a delicious way to eat black-eyed peas. Black-eyed peas loaded with ground beef, pork, and tomatoes. Serve the Hoppin John over some rice with homemade cornbread – YASSS!
How to Make Hoppin John with Ground Beef and Sausage
This Hoppin John is very easy to make. Start with browning some ground beef and ground sausage. I used a roll of Hot Jimmy Dean sausage. Once the meat is brown, drain the fat and add the remaining ingredients to the skillet. The main ingredient in Hoppin John is black-eyed peas. This is also loaded with diced tomatoes and green chiles, onion, garlic, celery, and bell pepper.
I used regular Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles. If you are worried about the heat, make sure to use Mild Rotel tomatoes or a couple of cans of plain diced tomatoes.
Hoppin John is Great for a Crowd
This makes a lot of Hoppin John. It is great for a crowd. You can also freeze the leftovers for a quick meal later. As I said, Hoppin John is traditionally served over rice. Here are a few of our favorite recipes that go great with this Hoppin John:
- Southern Cornbread
- Smothered Green Beans
- The Ultimate Squash Casserole
- Pimento Cheese Buttermilk Biscuits
- Crunchy Romaine Toss
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