Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas

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Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day are a family tradition we’ve been following for as long as I remember. It’s full of flavor with onion, garlic and ham. It will warm you on a cold winter day, for sure.

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The Best Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas

Serving this side dish on New Years Day is a Southern United States tradition said to bring prosperity and good luck for the new year. I’m not a believer in superstition, but we have made this a tradition. My family has made these for about as long as I can remember! A bonus, making meals in the crockpot really makes my time in the kitchen so much easier. I don’t want to stand over the stove if I don’t have to, so that’s a great way to start the new year!

What Are Black Eyed Peas?

A black eyed pea is a legume that is white with a black spot in the middle. Sometimes, they are also called a black eyed bean or a got pea.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Black Eye Peas – you will find these at the grocery store in the bean section. They come in a can and dried black-eyed peas in a bag. For this recipe you will want purchase the dried peas in a bag.
  • Onion – I like to use yellow onion, but sweet onion will work.
  • Garlic – minced
  • Ham – use any chopped ham. This recipe is great for using leftover cooked ham.
  • Tomatoes – you’ll need cans of fire roasted tomatoes.
  • Broth – chicken broth is best for this recipe.
  • Seasonings: salt, pepper and parsley
Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas

How To Make Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas

Our favorite way to cook these is in the slow cooker. It makes it a great “set it and forget it” recipe. That’s perfect for New Years Day because chances are you stayed up pretty late the night before!

  1. First, dice your ham and onions.
  2. Add all of your ingredients to the slow cooker.
  3. Cook for seven hours on high.
  4. Serve it up with some salt, pepper and fresh parsley for garnish.

Tips and Tricks

  • Black Eyed Peas – the ingredients for this recipe are for dried black eyed peas, but there is no need for rinsing. I you were to use canned peas, you would not need to cut the length of cooking or not use as much liquid.
  • Storing – place in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate for up to three days. Freeze for up to three months. When ready to use, thaw and reheat on the stove in a small pan or heat in the microwave.
  • Ham – use any cooked ham for this recipe. If you prefer to use ham hock, leave out the bacon and ham. Add 1 large ham hock to the crockpot. When finished cooking, remove the ham hock, remove the fat and shred the meat. There will be a film a grease over the top of the mixture that you can remove by placing a paper towel over top and lift it up removing the grease. Add the shredded ham back to the slow cooker. Stir and serve.
Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas in a bowl


These slow cooker black eyed peas recipe is perfect served with rice or mac and cheese. If making for New Years, serve with cornbread and collard greens.

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Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas

Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day are a family tradition we’ve been following for as long as I remember. It’s full of flavor with onion, garlic and ham. It will warm you on a cold winter day, for sure.
Servings: 8
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 6 hours
Total: 6 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb dried black eye peas
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped ham
  • 5 slices cooked bacon
  • 2 14 ounce cans fire roasted tomatoes
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley


  • Add the dried beans to the slow cooker (no need to pre-soak).
  • Add the chopped onion, garlic, black eye peas, bacon, chopped ham, tomatoes and chicken broth in the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for about 7 hours.
  • Sprinkle on salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley.

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Serving: 8g | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 1109mg | Potassium: 881mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 5mg


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4 comments on “Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas”

  1. Evelyn Sanders

    If you use a Slow Cooker Liner, fast clean-up.
    Don’t pick up the liner to transport it or burns
    might occur. Dip out with a ladle. Have used them ever since Reynolds came out with them!
    The new ones are BPA free.