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Hoppin’ John

Hoppin’ John originated in antebellum South Carolina. It is also referred to as Carolina Peas & Rice. A savory dish of peas and rice with bacon and vegetables. The old South version was a simple recipe made up just of pork, field peas (black eyed peas) and rice. As with most things we’ve embellished it a bit today adding more ingredients. There are variations from person to person as well as regions of the South today.

It’s a tradition for many southerners to have Hoppin’ John as part of aย traditional Southern New Year’s Day mealย alongside a helping of greens to bring luck in the coming year. This tradition can be traced back to the war between the states.

I’m going to give you my traditional version as well as a short cut version. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do. This is a hearty meal we enjoy during the cold winter months.


  • 1/4 lb Pancetta or Bacon, diced
  • 1 Large Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1 c Celery, diced
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 Jalapeno (ribs and seeds removed), diced
  • 1 lb Black Eyed Peas
  • 1 c Ham, cubed
  • 4 c Chicken Stock
  • 4 c Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2.5 c Rice


Soak dried peas for 6 hours or overnight. Drain before using.

In a large stock pot, saute pancetta or bacon over medium heat. Add cubed Ham. Cook until the fat is rendered from the meat.

Add the diced vegetables and garlic. Saute until the onions become translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add the chicken stock and water. Add seasonings and bay leaf.

Add the black eyed peas.

Cover and simmer for 1 hour, or until the peas are tender, stirring occasionally.

Add rice and cook an additional 20 minutes. Simmer longer if needed to reduce the amount of liquid.

Shortcut version:
2 – 15.5oz Canned Black Eye Peas, drained and rinsed
2.5 c Minute Rice
Follow directions as above. You only need to simmer for 30 minutes, then add Minute Rice and cook an additional 10 minutes.

Try it with shrimp or slice smoked sausage

See it at:
Weekend Potluck
Full Plate Thursday
Meal Plan Monday


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  • Reply
    Miz Helen
    January 10, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Your Hoppin John looks so good, I love a great bowl of Hoppin John and rice. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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    September 11, 2017 at 3:42 pm


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