*Tried & True* Southern Black-Eyed Peas! Simmered in chicken broth and spices, loaded with smoked bacon, onions, and garlic! Easy recipe that’s full of flavor!”

Watch me make these Black-Eyed Peas from start to finish!

Happy 2018 yall!!!! I’m finally feeling better after having no real voice for over three weeks and struggling with that crazy bug from hell! I seriously feel like running a marathon right now.

Man, health is such a blessing huh? I take it for granted often, but this sickness has made me reflect on things.


I’m glad to be back. Although my voice is still shot (as you can tell in the video), I’ll take whatever I can get right now!

I missed blogging so much! Geez, I had no idea how addicted I was to you guys! Since a new year is right around the corner, I figured it was time to update my black eyed peas video!

Anytime I update a video I usually change a few things about it. This black eyes peas recipe uses bacon instead of smoked turkey legs. I also decided to do an overnight soak of the beans.

If beans make you gassy, then I highly recommend soaking them, although, for my family, I usually don’t since they don’t affect us that way.

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These black-eyed peas are so easy to make! The chicken broth adds excellent flavor so don’t substitute it with water! If you have smoke salt on hand, use a low-sodium chicken broth and finish it off with some smoked salt. Talk about delicious!!

Douse those bad boys with hot sauce and a thick square of buttermilk cornbread on the side and baby; you’ve got something on your hands!

New Years is pretty much the only time I make black-eyed peas. I love them, but for some reason, I only remember them around New Years. I know I’m not alone with this.

If you’re looking for some good southern style collard greens to complete your New Years menu, then check out this recipe! They are pretty addictive!

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Cheers to a fun, HEALTHY, prosperous, adventurous, safe and productive year for us all!!

Happy New Year!

easy black eyed peas recipe

Get the Recipe: Savory Southern Black Eyed Peas

4.89 from 26 ratings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2 cups black-eyed peas, dry
  • 8 oz bacon, chopped into bits (can use more if desired)
  • 1 cup white onions, diced
  • 1-2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • smoked salt & black pepper to taste


  • Rinse peas thoroughly under cool water (Discarding any weird-looking peas)
  • Place peas in a bowl and cover with water.
  • Soak for 6 hours or overnight.
  • Drain and rinse peas. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy.
  • Drain bacon on paper towels, while leaving about 1-2 Tablespoons of bacon fat in a pan.
  • Chop bacon into small pieces. Set aside.
  • Add onions to the pan and cook until translucent.
  • Add in garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • In a large pot, add soaked peas, onions, garlic, and chicken broth.
  • Add a bay leaf and red pepper flakes.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer just until peas are tender about 20-30 minutes.
  • When peas have reached your desired tenderness, add smoked salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Add in the bacon or sprinkle the bacon on top when ready to serve to keep it crispy.
  • Garnish with parsley and a few dashes of hot sauce.
  • Serve hot.


Cuisine: American, southern
Course: Side Dish
Author: Divas Can Cook
Serving: 0g, Calories: 0kcal, Carbohydrates: 0g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 0mg, Potassium: 0mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 0g, Vitamin A: 0IU, Vitamin C: 0mg, Calcium: 0mg, Iron: 0mg
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