A Crock Pot Hoppin' John is perfect for that New Year's Day recipe you've been looking for. The smokiness of the black eyed peas paired with the tastiness of the smoked sausage really makes this dish a must for New Years.
I like using dried beans in any of my slow cooker recipes. I like the ability to allow them to cook all day without worrying about them turning to mush.
This is one of those addictive dishes where you'll be reaching for seconds in no time.
❤️ Why you'll love it
- If you're superstitious then it will take care of the 'black eyed peas for New Years' belief. This recipe will bring you all the good luck, a prosperous year as the black eyed peas are the color of money - it's a southern tradition.
- It's relatively inexpensive.
- Cooking in the slow cooker makes this recipe really hands-off.
- Sometimes on New Year's Day you may not be feeling too good.... for various reasons (lol). This is some good old fashioned home-cooked comfort food, perfect for this occasion.
- Black Eyed Peas
- Smoked Sausage (I like to use Polska Kielbasa)
- Canned Tomatoes and Chilies (Rotel)
- Beef Broth
- Green Bell Pepper
- Creole Seasoning
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
See recipe card at the bottom of this post for quantities.
- Step 1: In a large skillet add the sliced smoked sausage and cook over medium-high heat until caramelized and the sausage has a nice browned look.
- Step 2: Add to the slow cooker along with all the other ingredients.
- Step 3: Start off on a high setting for 1 hour then turn down to low.
- Step 4: Cook on low for 7 hours then serve with white rice and corn bread.
Hint: Soak your beans overnight if you wish, it will speed up the cooking time and you'll need less fluid.
🔄 Substitutions and Variations
- Brown Rice - instead of serving with white rice.
- Chicken Stock - or chicken broth instead of the beef broth.
- Salted Pork - if you prefer instead of smoked sausage.
- Smoked Ham Hock - same as above, if you prefer.
- Andouille Sausage - a smoked sausage packed with even more Cajun flavor.
- Red Pepper Flakes - add a little heat.
- Hot Sauce - for a little kick.
- Bay Leaves - for another flavor dimension.
- Cajun Seasoning - instead of the Creole seasoning.
- Cooked Rice - throw in some cooked rice into the dish itself and make it a one pot meal.
- Field Peas - are also considered lucky, with the color of money.
- Cherry tomatoes - instead of the Rotel.
- Bacon salt - if you have some, this adds more flavor.
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You'll need a large 12" skillet to caramelize the sausage slices as well as at lease a 6 quart slow cooker. I have some affiliate links in the recipe card below.
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- Red Beans and Rice With Ham Hocks
- Dutch Oven Jambalaya
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- Crock Pot Ranch Chicken Spaghetti
- Crockpot Frito Pie
Once the beans have cooled completely store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
This Hoppin' John recipe does freeze well. Any leftovers can be frozen in an airtight freezer safe container for up to 3 months.
Expert Tip: If you like your beans creamier, smash some of the beans up against the side of the crock pot. The starches will release into the beans and make them more creamy.
Definitely. I would rinse them first and cook only on low for maybe 4-6 hours.
I have friend who like to use salted pork in their black eyed peas. You should be able to find that at any grocery store. Failing that, a ham hock also tastes great.
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- 1lb Dried Black Eyed Peas
- 1lb Smoked Sausage, sliced
- 1 Small Yellow Onion, diced
- 1 Small Green Bell Pepper, diced
- 1 Stalk Celery, diced
- 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 (10oz) Can Rotel (tomatoes and chilies)
- 3 Cups Beef Broth
- 4 Cups Water
- 1 Tablespoon Creole Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- ½ teaspoon dried Thyme
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Sliced the smoked sausage and add to a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook just to caramelize them. They'll start to color.
- Add the sausage to the crock pot along with all the other ingredients. Give a stir and turn on the crock pot to high.
- After 1 hour turn down to low and cook another 7 hours.
Starting temperature on high will move things along a little quicker. If you don't have time and need to dump and go, that's also fine, just start off on low. It may take a little longer on the back end.
If you soak the beans overnight you'll find it won't take so long to cook and you'll need less fluid in your recipe.
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Nutrition InformationYield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 312Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 28mgSodium 1051mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 5gSugar 5gProtein 17g