Hoppin' John -- Rice and Black-Eyed Peas

40 mins (prep 10, cooking 30)
8 ingredients
4 servings
I have heard all my life that one should eat black eyed peas on New Year's Day for good luck throughout the new year. It wasn't until I was in my early twenties that my father changed the dish from black eyed peas to Hoppin' John as our traditional New Year's Day good luck meal. It's simple, po' foke's food, and I love it any time of the year. In the directions, I will include substitutions to make this dish vegetarian/vegan. Some history of the dish can be found here --http://members.aol.com/RSRICHMOND/hoppingjohn.html -- It would seem most people cook the rice and peas seperately, and then combine the two to serve. That's how my dad does it. I wanted to cook the flavor of the black eyed peas into the rice. So, this recipe strays a little from the norm, in that I cook the rice with the peas already in the pan.

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  • 1/2 lb bacon, cut in 1/2 inch pieces (i use a whole package)
  • 1 medium onion, medium dice (a larger one is ok)
  • 2 (15 ounce) black-eyed peas, with juice (1 qt if you cook your own peas)
  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil (for vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke (for vegan)


Serving Size (253.94 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 400.61 Calories from Fat 307.17
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34.13g 210.05%
Saturated Fat 7.7g 154.01%
Trans Fat 0.45g %
Cholesterol 62.94mg 83.92%
Sodium 1018.06mg 169.68%
Total Carbohydrate 0.27g 0.36%
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g 0.0%
Sugars 0.0 g %
Protein 22.12g 176.95%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 12.69mg% Iron 0.65mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
medium onion, black-eyed peas, uncooked rice, liquid smoke