No time to tend a pot? No problem! This easy, no-soak, crock pot black eyed pea recipe delivers THE BEST Southern Black Eyed Peas & Ham with a deliciously subtle jalapeno kick. Simple, effortless and oh-so tasty. Your vegetable side dish game is about to change!
Growing up, when fresh beans or peas weren’t in season or when we had eaten all the fresh peas that had been frozen for that year, we ate dried ones. So I learned early on how to tend a pot of peas.
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They would simmer on the stove all day, filling the house with warm smells of home cooking, while the “extra water” that had to be added regularly simmered right along with them. It was a back and forth dance of adding water, keeping those pots boiling and not letting the peas cook too far down.
But all that tending keeps us tied to the stove. And let’s be honest, that’s not always practical or possible. Thank goodness for slow cookers! They are lifesavers when we want to put good, home cooked food on the table even if we have to spend our days at ball games, music practice, working in the yard or putting in hours at the office. And they are perfect for cooking dried black eyed peas to a delicious, creamy side dish perfection!
Ingredients for Southern Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas & Ham
- dried black eyed peas
- chicken broth
- cubed ham
- yellow or white onion
- jalapeno pepper
Do Black Eyed Peas Need To Be Soaked?
No, only rinsed and then a quick sort to remove any any discolored ones. Chalk it up to the length time the peas spend in the crock pot bathed in all that broth and ham and peppered goodness. They just don’t need it. A quick 5 minutes in the morning yields beautifully tender peas just as if someone stood all day at the stove and cooked them!
How To Make Black Eyed Peas in the Crock Pot
Quick Prep. Rinse & sort the dried peas, removing and discarding any discolored ones. Put it all in the Crock Pot. Add all ingredients to crock pot and give it a quick stir.
How Long Do Peas Take in the Slow Cooker?
Cook this black eyed peas recipe on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours without opening the lid. Having a homecooked vegetable side dish any night of the week is as easy as that!
What to serve with Southern Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas
While black eyed peas & ham go with almost any dish, and they are perfect for satisfying all your New Year’s Day traditions! Here are a few proteins, or main dishes, that they pair up with really well!
- Perfect Peppered Pork Loin
- Easy Crock Pot BBQ Boneless Chicken Thighs
- Cherry Cola BBQ Pulled Pork
- Ultimate Okra & Tomatoes Skillet with Smoked Sausage
- Louisiana Dirty Rice
These peas make a great meal all by themselves too! Whip up a quick pan of Easy Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Muffins, and you’re set.
Other Beans & Peas Recipes You’ll Love
- Southern Black Eyed Pea Salad
- Southern Green Beans & New Potatoes
- Hawaiian Baked Beans
- Italian Green Bean Salad
- Classic 7 Layer Pea
- Southern Baked Beans & Sausage
- Sautéed Green Beans with Green Beans & Mushrooms
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Southern Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas & Ham
- slow cooker/ crock pot
- 16 oz dried black eyed peas
- 4 C water
- 2 C chicken broth
- 8 oz cubed ham
- 1/2 medium yellow or white onion, quartered
- 1 jalapeno, sliced
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- Rinse & sort peas, removing any discolored ones. Add all ingredients to crock pot and stir. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
Hello…..I didn’t have chicken broth so I substituted with beef broth ….I hope that it turns out great
Hi, Terri! I think it would be great! Let me know how it goes.
I’m making this today. Headed to the store now👌🏼
Awesome! I can’t wait to hear about it!
No time to tend a pot? No problem! This easy, no-soak, crock pot recipe delivers THE BEST Southern Black Eyed Peas & Ham with a deliciously subtle jalapeno kick!
Karen L Austin
Will this recipe fit in a 4.5 quart crockpot
Hi, Karen! Yes, this should fit in a 4.5 quart crock pot. I hope you enjoy this recipe!
Could I use bacon instead of Ham?
Hi, Lynda! Yes, I would use a thick cut bacon. Should be delish!
How long should I cook in the crock pot, if I soaked the beans overnight?
Hi, Judy! I am not sure, as I always use this recipe instead of soaking. Maybe check them after an hour or two?
I did a smoked turkey shoulder and 4 cups of chicken broth and 2 cups of water. The last 10 minutes I added rinse sauerkraut . Yum!! New Year Day good luck dinner
So glad I came across this crock pot recipe! I am usually the one standing over the stove all day stirring the pot! Made these today for New Years! They turned out amazing! Full of Flavor and timing was perfect! I would cut salt measurement maybe by half, I think our ham was a little salty so they came out a tad bit salty for our liking but full of flavor and so easy and so good! This will be my “go-to” recipe and preferred method of cooking Black Eyed Peas from now on!
Hi, Chelsea! This made my day! I am so glad that this recipe freed you up to enjoy New Years Day with your family; that was my hope when sharing it!
What about adding some greens in with it?? That will take care of the two NY foods
Hi, Cindy! Sounds perfect!