Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John

Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John – perfect for ringing in the New Year! Black Eyed Peas, diced tomatoes and green chiles, smoked sausage, beef broth, onion, bell pepper, cajun seasoning and rice. Comfort food at its best! All you need is some cornbread and you are ready to eat!

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Black Eyed Peas for New Year’s

Black eyed peas are a must for New Year’s in the south. Southern legend says that you need to eat black eyed peas for good luck in the new year. I never ever take any chances! We always have black eyed peas on New Year’s Day! This year we are having this Slow Cooker Hopping John. Black eyed peas slow cooked with smoked sausage, tomatoes, peppers, seasonings and rice. SO simple and so delicious! All you need is some fresh cornbread and you have the perfect New Year’s Day meal!

How to Make Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John

This is super easy to make. Start by cooking some smoked sausage in a skillet until it starts to turn brown. Add the sausage to the slow cooker. Add black eyed peas, Rotel tomatoes, beef broth, onion, bell pepper, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, and pepper. Cover and cook on LOW. About 20 minutes before serving, add a package of boil-in-the-bag rice and cook on HIGH for 20 minutes.

  • I prefer Conecuh Smoked Sausage. If you can’t find Conecuh, any brand will work.
  • You can substitute smoked turkey sausage.
  • I used beef broth in this dish. Feel free to use any broth you prefer – chicken, turkey, or vegetable all work fine.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Cajun Seasoning: https://www.plainchicken.com/creolecajun-seasoning-secret-recipe/
  • If the mixture is too thick, add more water or broth to get to your desired consistency.
  • You can freeze any leftovers for later.
bowl of hoppin john

What to Serve with Black Eyes Peas & Rice

This makes a TON! Invite some friends over to watch all the bowl games and have a bowl of this yummy black eyed peas and rice. Whip up some cornbread and you are set! Here are a few more of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this recipe:

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bowl of hoppin john with smoked sausage

Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs 20 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 25 mins
Slow Cooker Hoppin' John – perfect for ringing in the New Year! Black Eyed Peas, diced tomatoes and green chiles, smoked sausage, beef broth, onion, bell pepper, cajun seasoning and rice. Comfort food at its best! All you need is some cornbread and you are ready to eat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb smoked sausage, sliced
  • 4 (15-oz) cans black-eyed peas, undrained
  • 2 (10-oz) cans diced tomates and green chiles, undrained
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • ¾ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 tsp Cajun/Creole seasoning
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 family-size package boil-in-bag rice uncooked (about 1-1/2 cups uncooked)

Instructions:

  • Cook sausage in a large skillet until browned, about 5 minutes. (You can skip this step and the dish will be fine.)
  • Place sausage in slow cooker. Add black eyed peas, diced tomatoes and green chiles, beef broth, onion, bell pepper, cajun seasoning, garlic, and black pepper. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours.
  • Pour uncooked rice into slow cooker. Stir. Cover and cook on HIGH for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender.

Notes:

  • I prefer Conecuh Smoked Sausage. If you can’t find Conecuh, any brand will work.
  • You can substitute smoked turkey sausage.
  • I used beef broth in this dish. Feel free to use any broth you prefer – chicken, turkey, or vegetable all work fine.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Cajun Seasoning: https://www.plainchicken.com/creolecajun-seasoning-secret-recipe/
  • If the mixture is too thick, add more water or broth to get to your desired consistency.
  • You can freeze any leftovers for later.

Steph

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  1. I made this using directions given and then made some honey cornbread for side with butter melted on top of cornbread and this was great!!

  2. I made this recipe last night as I have to take to friends today. By 10:30pm it was to die for. Made it last year with great success but somehow this year is even better. At Walmart I found cans of “Margaret Holmes Hoppin John with black eyed peas and peppers” and cans of “Rotel fire roasted diced tomatoes & green chilies”. I believe they both made this dish. As I had to double the recipe I put everything in a big bowl after browning the sausage, mixed it all well and divided it equally between two big crockpots. During the last half hour I added my already cooked rice and voila! Darn, it’s only 6:30am and I am dying for a bowl! Lunch is a long way off ����.

  3. A little confused on ingredients – is it 1 can of diced tomoatoes and 1 can of green chilies -OR- 2 cans of each item?

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