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!

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Slow Cooked Black Eyed Peas with Ham

161.4 Cals 9.3 Protein 29.2 Carbs 1.6 Fats
Yield: 8 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Side Dish
CUISINE: American


  • 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.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 161.4kcal, Carbohydrates: 29.2g, Protein: 9.3g, Fat: 1.6g, Fiber: 6.7g
WW Points Plus: 4
Keywords: Gluten Free, Slow Cooker Recipes

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  1. Would love if you would adapt this to an instant pot before New Years! Great recipe and excited to use my new Christmas gift! ????

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  3. I love this website! Every single recipe I have tried has been a hit. I love that I can cook delicious AND healthy meals. Thanks so much for sharing these!

  4. This is one of my favorite recipes. Works out to 6 SP per serving, as entered into the Recipe Builder.

  5. I am from south Louisiana, so I feel like I know a thing or two about how black eyed peas should taste. THIS was the best I have ever tasted. I did make a few changes, but kept the basic premise. I used a green pepper vs. a red pepper, I don’t like the sweetness that a red pepper adds to dishes. I also left out the cumin and chili powder as I didn’t feel there was a need for it. I used ham hock, as well. AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING. All your recipes crush it out of the park. Can’t wait to eat my lunch of leftovers.

  6. Super delicious!!! Used half ham stock with fat layer skimmed off, I didn’t  soak peas and set them in crock pot on low before bed. I added rest of ingredients as posted in the morning and had a super delicious lunch. Omg this was incredible…. Even the kids and hubby loved it!!! Thanks Gina 

  7. Can the leftovers be frozen?

  8. do you think I could use a bag of frozen black eyed peas?

  9. Hi do you happen to have a general idea of how much sodium is in this? Thanks!

  10. How would I cook these in a power pressure cooker? Would I have to soak the beans overnight? Would I use the same amount of water?

  11. This is my 3rd year in a row making these for New Years Day along side some fresh collards, fried pork chops, and cornbread for my southern husband. These are wonderful and have won over people who told me before they tried them that they didn't care for black eyed peas! The only change I make is that I add a can of Petite diced tomatoes instead of a fresh one. Thanks for the recipe and keeping at least one part of this meal low cal. 😉

  12. Can the leftovers be frozen?

  13. You've outdone yourself again – this recipe tasted great. We made a double batch, and ended up needing to incorporate a 2nd crock pot, and then the black eyed peas were a bit tough still at the end of the cook time, so we boiled the stew for a bit in a pot on the stove.

  14. Do you think putting the tomato, onion, garlic, jalapeno, and pepper in a food processor instead of dicing it all would work? I don't mind the flavor…I just don't like eating the chunks.

  15. Didn't have black eyed peas so I used black beans and it was delish!

  16. Made this tonight for New Year's Eve, may not have any leftovers for tomorrow! Delicious!

    Have you ever just thrown all the ingredients in from the beginning?

  17. Can you use frozen black eyed peas?

  18. Fantastic!! Cooked these peas for dinner and my husband said they were the best black eyed peas he'd ever eaten!!!! And thats a southern boy talkin….he's been eating black eyed peas for a long time!!

  19. Made this tonight and we loved it.. Only thing I did different was add 2 cups do chicken broth and 2 cups of water. Oh and instead of salt, I used garlic salt. We loved it, thank you!

  20. I served this over mashed cauliflower instead of rice and it was delicious!!!!!