Old Fashioned Southern Hoppin John has been enjoyed in our homes for centuries. It’s a nice way to enjoy scrumptious stick-to-the-ribs food which is easy on the budget and happy on the taste buds.
Black Eye Peas and Rice, aka Hoppin John, are staples for New Year’s Dinner. The Old Wives Tale belief is that this meal along with a green food will bring you good fortune for the new year. If it works for you, please let me know!
One thing I do know is that this is a delicious meal and easy on the budget which needs some attention in January every year.
More Easy and Delicious Soup Recipes:
- Homemade Vegetable Soup
- Mostly From Scratch Chicken and Dumplings
- Southern Cabbage Soup
- Creamy Corn Chowder with Potatoes & Ham
Hoppin John is best made with dried Black Eye Peas
Be sure to sort through them for rocks or twigs. Yes, you did read that correctly. Peas grow on the ground and even though the packing process is thorough it is possible for a rock or tiny twig to make it into the bag.
The only seasoning I use for this recipe is a ham bone with ham still attached. You should always freeze the ham bone with meat still on it for meals like this. If you don’t have a ham bone in the freezer, you can find small packages of ham pieces to purchase from the meat department.
Also See our THREE DAYS OF MEALS FROM ONE POT OF BEANS
See how I got 3 meals from one ham including this one, the other two are on our Porky Menu Plan.
This meal is a Crockpot recipe using my favorite Crockpot available here. (affiliate)
Add 1 ham bone, 12 oz. of dried black eye peas and 2 quarts of boiling water into your Crockpot.
Cook on high for about 3 hours.
Printable recipe below
Pot liquor is the juice filled with the flavor of whatever you are cooking in liquid. Juices are desired with Hopping John particularly if you are serving cornbread with it which is very common in the south.
Grab our easy homemade Cornbread recipe.
After the peas are tender, add more boiling water to completely cover the peas as shown above. Stir in about 1 1/2 Cups rice, replace lid and cook another 30-45 minutes until the rice is tender.
Tip! I begin by pouring boiling water over the peas in the Crockpot.
A big pot of good Old Fashioned Southern Hoppin John is a favorite winter time stick-to-the-ribs meal here in the deep south.
It’s common knowledge and cause for debate that some southern cooks add a pinch of sugar to their recipes when no one is looking! Regardless, it’s no secret that we do love our Hoppin John and hope you will too.
I like my Hoppin John topped with lots of fresh cut up Vidalia onions. Those are optional for the non onion lovers of the world.
You can’t beat a three ingredient Crockpot recipe that warms the body, sticks to the ribs and keeps the grocery budget safe.
A warm and hearty budget friendly stick to the ribs meal to be enjoyed in the winter.
- (1) 12 oz. bag of dried black eye peas
- About 2 Qts. boiling water to begin.
- 1½ Cups Rice
- More hot water to cover, about 2-4 Cup
- 1 Leftover Ham Bone with meat still on it. (Freeze this from Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas) If you don't have a Ham Bone, you can add ham pieces found pre-packaged in the meat department.
- 1/2 Cup finely chopped sweet onion (Optional)
Sort and rinse dried black eye peas.
Add peas into Crockpot.
Place Hambone (or ham pieces) on top of the peas.
Cover with boiling water.
Cook on High for about 3 hours.
(We do not add salt because the Ham has plenty of salt)
It is fine to stir the pot once per hour.
Once the peas are tender, add more hot boiling water so that the peas are completely covered.
Stir in the rice.
Cover with lid and cook another 30-45 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!