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Slow Cooked Black Eyed Peas with Ham

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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.

And since so many are asking, although I have and love my Instant Pot, I still love my slow cooker! I have the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker (affil link). I love it because you can adjust the time you want it to cook, and it automatically turns to warm when it’s done. It also has a probe for meat that automatically shuts off when done. I hated my old crock pot, it burnt everything and my food had a weird taste. This slow cooker is so great, I actually own several!

Slow Cooked Black Eyed Peas with Ham

5 from 11 votes
Course: Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Yield: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1 cup


  • 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 to mato, diced
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder, I used chipotle
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


  • Soak peas overnight in 6 cups of water.
  • The next morning, drain peas and add to slow cooker.
  • Add 4 cups of water, bay leaves and ham.
  • Cover and cook on high 6 hours or until the beans are tender.
  • 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.
  • Add to the slow cooker and season black eyed peas generously with salt, cumin, chili powder and black pepper.
  • Cover and cook on high 1 to 1 1/2 more hours.
  • Discard bay leaves and serve.

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Serving: 1 cup, Calories: 161.4 kcal, Carbohydrates: 29.2 g, Protein: 9.3 g, Fat: 1.6 g, Fiber: 6.7 g


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85 comments on “Slow Cooked Black Eyed Peas with Ham”

  1. Ok, this is delicious. I think next time I will cut back on the cumin, but it's still so good. I love black eye peas.

  2. This is my Number 1 recipe ever for slow cooked ham hock and black eye beans. Perfect! I serve with brown rice and greek (natural) yoghurt with some griled corn chips. Thanks so much! (melbourne, Australia)

  3. I just made this and it is GREAT. I dont eat pork so I used about smoked turkey. I also did not de-seed the jalepeno, I just did not use the whole jalepeno. I am going to eat this with wild rice.

  4. Just made this dish – another winner! Incase it helps, I always cook dried beans in my crock pot and have never soaked them over night first. I just throw them in, cover them with water (seasonings depending on what dish I'm making) and cook them on high for about 4 hours. I've done 15 beans, black beans and now these, and they always turn out great. Just thought I'd share incase you want to skip the first step. Thanks again for all your wonderful recipes!

  5. I am making my way through many of your recipes and last night we did this one. It was a huge hit, even with my picky teenager and my husband, who normally isn't a fan of black eyed peas. Great dish!

  6. Yum! I had never had black eyed peas before, but had a big ham bone and gave this a try. I loved this recipe and all the others I have tried from your site.

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    Rebeca @ The Average Parent

    These were delicious! I had never tried black eyed peas before, so I was a bit afraid…but hubby and I both had two helpings. I didn't have a jalapeno, so I added a bit of hot sauce at the end. So good!

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    Michelle Rittenhouse

    When growing up in Louisiana, my mom would cook fresh peas with okra from the garden. I made these with a few small changes and they were amazing! I used 1/2 lb dried black eyed peas, subbed the tomato for a can of Rotel tomatoes, used half beef stock and half water (since I didn't have a ham bone handy), swapped the chili powder for Tony Cachere's and cayenne, and added 8 oz frozen chopped okra for the last hour. My husband had never had black eyed peas and even he enjoyed it. I always enjoy making dried beans in the Crock Pot and will be repeating this one many times!

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    I was adding this to my menu for the week to use leftover ham hocks from making this for New Years Day. Then, I remembered that this was the first Skinnytaste recipe that I ever made. Awwwwwwww!!!! It's so delicious and they've all been winners ever since.

  10. I made your recipe for 3 bean turkey chili and I love it. Made this recipe today . I used ham hocks ( just for flavor) and used all of the jalpeno (seeds included) so i could eliminate the chili powder and cumin. It was really great for New Years Day dinner. Thank you for your posting your recipes. If you do ever put out a cookbook I will support.

  11. LOVE this site. Healthy, delicious recipes. Trying to eat healthier as a family since our daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Having carb counts on the recipes along with WW points is great. Every recipe we have made so far has been a hit! Today is black eyed peas with ham, my daughter loves it. We enjoyed the pumpkin cupcakes too. Thanks for having such a great site!

  12. Your site is WONDERFUL! So far every single thing I have cooked has been amazing! No disappointments. I cooked this tonight and was once again pleased with the outcome. Tons of flavor. Thank you soooo much for sharing wonderful recipes with the weight watchers points included…it helps me still eat wonderful food and stay on plan!

  13. OMG! This is so good. I rinsed the peas real good then put them in the 8 cups of water. Let it sit overnight. I DID NOT TOSS THE WATER. I transferred the peas with the 4 cups of water they soaked in. I left out the cumin. It came out perfect. I think next time I'll add the ham about 1/2 way through. Yummy!

  14. This sounds sooo good! But the boyfriend doesn't eat pork. Any ideas for a good substitute? Smoked turkey, maybe?

  15. AWESOME! I can just have these for dinner and nothing else. I am so glad I found your site! I have made 3 things since I found your site last week and everything turned out great. I have passed this site on to my family and friends!

  16. Gina, this is another keeper. I made it tonight and my husband and I loved it. I told him I was going to make one of your recipes every night! Thank you so much!

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Lia, I know, seems to easy! You can make any dried beans this way, the ham gives it great flavor.

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Curry-Ham hock would be great, the points would be lower depending on how much ham goes in.