Hoppin’ John with Bacon

Serves: 8Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 8


  • 1 cup dried black-eyed peas
  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1⁄8 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 3⁄4 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 tsp. ground black pepper


  • Wash the black-eyed peas and bring to a boil in about 6 cups of water. Boil 2 minutes, then remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, sauté the chopped bacon, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño pepper in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until onion is tender, about 3 minutes. (Bacon will not be crisp.) Drain any excess accumulated fat from the skillet.
  • Drain the black-eyed peas and transfer to a large saucepan. Add the bacon-onion mixture, crushed pepper, rice, and 1 3⁄4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat. Simmer about 20 minutes, or until peas and rice are tender and liquid is absorbed. Season with salt and black pepper.