I love this hoppin john with canned black eyed peas. This is the epitome of a classic southern dish. It’s sausage, onion and bell pepper cooked down. Then add in your canned black eyed peas, seasonings, rice and beef broth. Let it all cook together for a jambalya-ish consistency. I’m telling y’all, this is so good. It’s perfect for New Years or any time of the year.
Ok, what is hoppin john? It’s typically a southern dish that’s been told through the generations to bring you good luck and fortune for new years. The star of the dish is the black eyed peas. It’s also packed with rice and veggies. Instead of using the usual bacon that old timey recipes call for, I used smoked sausage. I just liked it better and thought it went well with the dish.
This meal is super hearty. You can definitely each it as the main course. It somewhat has a jambalaya consistency, which I love a lot. This was a big hit around my table, and I plan on cooking it for years (pun) to come.
Equipment You’ll Need
The major piece of equipment that you’ll need for this recipe is a large pot or Dutch oven. I love my 7 quart round Dutch oven from Le Creuset. I literally use it for so much and it’s the perfect size. You may also need a chefs’ knife and I also really like using a wooden spoon or spatula. They are perfect for sautéing then stirring then serving.
Ingredients You’ll Need
I used 14 ounces of smoked sausage. You’ll chop it into slices and then sauté them.
Onion and Bell Pepper:
You’ll chop a whole yellow onion and green bell pepper.
Rotel Tomatoes with Green Chiles:
You’ll add a can of Rotel tomatoes to the pot. No need to drain them.
Canned Black Eyed Peas:
You’ll need 3 cans of black eyed peas.
Two cups of broth along with the juices from the cans will cook down the rice.
You’ll need a cup and a half of uncooked white rice.
For seasonings, you’ll need salt, pepper, bay leaves, hot sauce, cajun seasonings and I like to add a little gumbo file.
How to Cook This Hoppin John with Canned Black Eyed Peas Recipe
Chop sausage into little round slices and then add them to a large pot or Dutch oven. Sauté on low until browned. Add in a chopped onion and bell pepper and sauté for several more minutes until they are tender.
Add in your can of Rotel and cans of black eyed peas. Stir and then add in broth and rice and seasonings. Stir well and bring to a slight boil. Reduce heat to lowest setting then cover for around 10-15 minutes.
Uncover and rice should be completely cooked. Stir well and fluff up the rice. Serve and enjoy!
Hoppin John with Canned Black Eyed Peas
- Large Pot
- Measuring Cups
- Kitchen Knife
- Cutting Board
- 14 oz Smoked Sausage
- 1 Yellow Onion, Chopped
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, Chopped
- 1 can Rotel Tomatoes with Green Chiles
- 3 cans Black Eyed Peas
- 2 cups Beef Broth
- 1 1/2 cups Uncooked Rice
- 2-3 Bay Leaves
- 2 tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp Pepper
- 1 tbsp Cajun Seasonings
- 1 tbsp Hot Sauce
- 1 tsp Gumbo File (optional, but it gives it good flavor)
- Chop sausage into little round slices and then add them to a large pot or Dutch oven. Sauté on low until browned. Add in a chopped onion and bell pepper and sauté for several more minutes until they are tender.
- Add in your can of Rotel and cans of black eyed peas. Stir and then add in broth and rice and seasonings. Stir well and bring to a slight boil. Reduce heat to lowest setting then cover for around 10-15 minutes.
- Uncover and rice should be completely cooked. Stir well and fluff up the rice. Serve and enjoy!
Before you go…
Please let me know if you made this simple hoppin john with canned black eyed peas. Did you like it? Did you make it for New Years? Let me know here or in the comments below. Happy cooking!