Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Black-Eyed Pea SoupIn the South, eating Black Eyed Peas on New Years Day is thought to bring prosperity. Call me superstitious, but I grew up on this tradition and my Mom never missed serving up black-eyed peas on New Years Day. So, here I am. 30 years old and I always eat my black-eyed peas (and cabbage) to ring in the New Year. This year, I am enjoying them in this Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Some of you say YUCK, I hate black-eyed peas. I think you’re crazy or you’ve only had ones not prepared well because I freaking love me some black-eyed peas. I think this recipe is absolutely delicious and I look forward to serving it up every year! This recipe makes a lot. I always make a ton so that I can spread the love and prosperity to my closest friends by dropping them off a mason jar of this soup. They love it!Black-Eyed Pea Soup

So for all of you crazy, superstitious southerners like myself that do this tradition, try my Black-Eyed Pea Soup recipe this year!! It’s yummy, clean ingredients and super delicious! Enjoy!

Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Black-Eyed Pea Soup
Serves: 8 people
5 from 1 vote
Total Time1 hr 30 mins


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper diced small
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1 onion diced small
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and diced very small
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 24 oz pre-soaked black-eyed peas
  • 4 cups kale removed from stem and loosely chopped


  • Heat olive oil in a soup pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion, bell pepper, carrot, garlic, jalapeno and a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute until tender, 5-7 minutes.
  • Add in the diced ham (*if using bacon, fry the bacon before you saute the veggies until almost cripsy, then continue with step 1) and saute 2 more minutes.
  • Add the black-eyed peas, the broth, the bay leaf, chili powder, cumin, a little salt and pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low (or a light simmer) and let simmer, covered, until the peas are very tender, about 1 hour - 1.5 hours.
  • When the peas are tender, add in the kale and stir in until wilted down into the soup. Taste the soup and add salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Remove the bay leaf. Serve and enjoy!


*If you cannot find pre-soaked black-eyed peas in the fridge section at your local grocery store you can use dried black-eyed peas but you must pre-soak them first by pouring them in a bowl and filling the bowl with water until covered by 2 inches. Let soak for at least 6 hours, or overnight.


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    January 2, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Hi! How much bacon should I use if I don’t have ham? Thank you!

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      January 3, 2021 at 2:22 pm

      I’d use 6-8 slices and brown it first to get it slightly crisp before adding the Blackeyed peas.

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    January 1, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    5 stars
    This was excellent! I’ve avoided trying a black-eyed pea recipe for fear of it either tasting too bland, or too ham flavored. But I gave this a try, and it had fantastic, robust flavor. It will now be my go-to black-eyed pea recipe. The whole family, including my kids and my parents who were with us, devoured it. Thank you!

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      January 2, 2021 at 2:29 pm

      So happy you enjyed it!! Happy New year!

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    January 1, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Hi!! Excited to make today but could only find canned peas – suggestions on how to adjust cooking time?

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      January 2, 2021 at 2:30 pm

      It will only take 20-30 mins with canned!

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    Totally lost lol
    December 31, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    Hi! When using dried black eyed peas, pre soaked means?

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      January 1, 2021 at 5:53 pm

      Soaked in water to soften before cooking! If you cannot find pre-soaked black-eyed peas in the fridge section at your local grocery store you can use dried black-eyed peas but you must pre-soak them first by pouring them in a bowl and filling the bowl with water until covered by 2 inches. Let soak for at least 6 hours, or overnight.

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    Jennifer Fowler
    December 31, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Can you substitute cabbage instead of Kale?

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      January 2, 2021 at 2:33 pm

      yes! that’d still be good here!

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    Jenna Tucker
    December 31, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Would it be okay to leave out the jalapeño?!8’ a super spicy wimp and can’t handle any kick at all 🙁

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      January 1, 2021 at 4:53 pm

      Of course! Enjoy!

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    December 30, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Is there still a lot of flavor without the ham? I’m a vegetarian but love the idea of making my black eyed peas and greens In a soup

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      December 30, 2020 at 8:59 pm

      it should still be good w/o the ham! try adding a little touch of smoked paprika for some smokiness and a little extra salt to help flavor it a bit more w/o the ham

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    December 27, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Have not tried the yet , I plan to use a smoked ham hock and maybe fresh Kale ?? What do you think 🤔

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      December 28, 2020 at 12:55 am

      will be fab!!!!

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    Stephanie L Stever
    November 15, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    I was thinking of adding a ham hock in here for flavor but I’ve never done this. Can anybody tell me how to add this or do you have another alternative to ham, hubbies wont eat ham but likes the flavor..

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    January 4, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Hi! Love your recipes! Was wondering your thoughts on adapting this to a slow cooker recipe. Would I need to sauté foods before dumping them in my crock pot?

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      January 5, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      You don’t have to, but I prefer sauteing the veggies first, then throwing it all in and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

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    January 4, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Love your recipes! Was wondering what you would suggest if I wanted to do this in a crock pot. Would I need to sauté the onion, carrot, and bell pepper before I dump it in my slow cooker?

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    sarah h
    January 3, 2018 at 2:29 am

    so tasty! target sells precubed ham in their deli section – made it extra easy!

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    January 2, 2018 at 1:50 am

    Really good! I cut the recipe in half, cuz we aren’t going to be home…going on the road! I follow you on Instagram. Always good recipes!

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      January 2, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you!!! I am glad you enjoyed them!

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    January 2, 2018 at 1:00 am

    This soup was amazing! Love anything that has cumin in it. I pressure cooked it in the Instant Pot for 10 minuets and natural pressure released for about 20-25 mins. Added a side of corn bread. Girl it was so good!! Thanks for this one! ~Sierra R.

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      January 2, 2018 at 1:11 am

      oh yummmmmmm love the cornbread with it!!! and so glad it worked in the pressure cooker! Thanks for sharing that for others!! 🙂 I know they’ll appreciate it.

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    Michelle Smith
    December 31, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Made it with beef broth and no ham. Delish!

    Love you,
    Aunt Michelle

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      December 31, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      yay!! glad you liked it Michelle 🙂 Love you!

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