Slow Cooked Black Eyed Peas with Ham

Low fat southern style black eye peas with ham, made in your crock pot! It’s really a bean rather than a pea, and an excellent source of calcium, folate, vitamin A and fiber. A perfect recipe for that leftover ham bone, but a ham steak would work great too. These have a mildly spicy flavor, you can adjust the heat to your taste. I served this over brown rice but this would also be great to eat as a soup.

I get a lot of requests for crock pot recipes, so I decided to experiment with dry beans in my slow cooker. I was prepared to call it a loss if they didn’t turn out good. Boy was I was pleasantly surprised! The beans cooked to perfection and this couldn’t be easier. I’m excited to make some of my other dry bean recipes in the crock pot now that I know how good they came out. Crock pot recipes tend to need more seasoning, I found seasoning the beans the last hour of cooking allowed for maximum flavor.

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Slow Cooked Black Eyed Peas with Ham


  • 8 oz smoked lean ham steak, diced (or a ham bone would be perfect)
  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas, rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • 1 jalapeno chile, seeded and minced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (I used chipotle)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  1. Soak peas overnight in 6 cups of water.
  2. The next morning, drain peas and add to slow cooker.
  3. Add 4 cups of water, bay leaves and ham.
  4. Cover and cook on high 6 hours or until the beans are tender.
  5. After 6 hours, in a large frying pan, add oil and sauté onion, garlic, bell pepper, jalapeño pepper, and tomato until soft, about 6 minutes.
  6. Add to the slow cooker and season black eyed peas generously with salt, cumin, chili powder and black pepper.
  7. Cover and cook on high 1 to 1 1/2 more hours.
  8. Discard bay leaves and serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size: 1 cup

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 1
  • Points +: 4
  • Calories: 161.4 calories
  • Total Fat: 1.6g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: mg
  • Sodium: mg
  • Carbohydrates: 29.2g
  • Fiber: 6.7g
  • Sugar: g
  • Protein: 9.3g
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