Hoppin’ John

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

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Hoppin John for Good Luck in the New Year

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 this over some rice with homemade cornbread – YASSS!

plate of black eyed peas and sausage over rice

How to Make Hoppin John with Ground Beef and Sausage

This 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.
  • I used a roll of Jimmy Dean sausage.
  • Feel free to use all ground beef or all pork sausage. You can also substitute turkey sausage if you prefer.
  • You can freeze the leftovers for a quick meal later.
skillet of black eyed peas and sausage

Hoppin John is Great for a Crowd

This recipe makes a lot of food. It is great for a crowd. You can also freeze the leftovers for a quick meal later. We served this over rice. It is also good over noodles, grits, or plain. whip up some veggies and bread and you are set! Here are a few of our favorite recipes that go great with these black-eyed peas:

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skillet of black eyed peas and sausage

Hoppin’ John

Yield: 10 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
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

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground hot pork sausage
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 bunches green onions, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 (10-oz) cans diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained
  • 3 (15.5-oz) cans black-eyed peas, undrained

Instructions:

  • In a large skillet, brown sausage and beef over medium heat; drain.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30, or until very thick, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve over cooked rice.

Steph

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