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Southern Hoppin' John.
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One Pot Southern Hoppin' John

What would New Year's Day be without Hoppin' John? It's a traditional dish served in the South on New Year’s Day, consisting of a black-eyed pea mixture served over rice. Hoppin’ John is often accompanied by cornbread and greens.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 482kcal


  • 1 pound (16-ounces) dried black-eyed peas, soaked overnight and rinsed well
  • 1 pound (16-ounces) smoked sausage, sliced into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 ½ cups)
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped (¾ cup)
  • ½ bell pepper, seeded and chopped (½ cup)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups (32-ounces) low sodium chicken broth
  • 10 ounce can Original Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped chives or green onions for garnish (optional)
  • 3 cups cooked white rice


  • Cook sausage over medium heat in a large Dutch oven until done, about 30 minutes). Drain well on paper towels. Pour fat from the pan, and wipe the interior with a paper towel to remove any residual fat.
  • Return Dutch oven to medium heat; add onion, celery, and bell pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often to loosen fond on the bottom. Add minced garlic; cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add Rotel Tomatoes and Chilies; continue to stir to loosen any remaining fond on the bottom of the pan. Add black-eyed peas, cooked sausage, thyme, salt, pepper, and chicken broth.
  • Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for one hour and 30 minutes or until peas are tender and creamy. Adjust seasonings, and garnish with chopped chives or green onions. Serve over rice. Yield: 8 servings.



Calories: 482kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 877mg | Potassium: 1046mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 6mg