Pork and Black Eyed Pea Chili

40 mins (prep 15, cooking 25)
23 ingredients
4 servings
Black eyed peas are traditionally served on New Year's Day for good luck. Since they swell when cooked, they symbolize prosperity for the New Year. They are served with some sort of pork product, symbolizing positive forward motion, since pigs root forward when foraging for food. Also eaten on New Years are greens (turnip, mustard, or collard) which symbolize money. There are two schools of thought on the origin of this custom which was adopted around the time of the American Civil War. In one, the practice was adopted after General Sherman's troops wiped out all food supplies he came across in the South. The "field peas" were spared because the Northeners considered them only fit for animal fodder. The other thought is that the practice dates back to ancient Babylonia where the New Year's table contained Qara (calabash squash or bottle gourd), Rubiya or Lubiya (black-eyed peas), Kartei (leeks), Silka (spinach or beet greens), and Tamrei (dates) and was brought to the US in the 1730's by Sephardic Jews that settled in Georgia. The practice of eating black-eyed peas caught on around the time of the Civil War.

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Serving Size (253.88 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 245.94 Calories from Fat 99.81
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11.09g 68.25%
Saturated Fat 2.1g 41.99%
Trans Fat 0.1g %
Cholesterol 79.26mg 105.68%
Sodium 1204.86mg 200.81%
Total Carbohydrate 11.3g 15.06%
Dietary Fiber 5.66 g 90.63%
Sugars 1.06 g %
Protein 28.9g 231.22%
Vitamin A 4194.43IU% Vitamin C 41.23mg%
Calcium 85.0mg% Iron 4.64mg%
*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:
andouille sausage, ground pork, celery ribs, green bell pepper, freshly ground black pepper, mild, black-eyed peas, fresh thyme, ground coriander