Black-Eyed Peas with Tomatoes

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Black-Eyed Peas with Tomatoes is such a delicious and satisfying dish.

It is also an iconic Southern New Year’s Eve/Day traditional dish that is so incredibly flavorful, you just won’t believe it.

Black-Eyed Peas with Tomatoes (and bacon) brings you not only heart-warming taste, it brings you good luck! A double win!

Black-eyed peas with tomatoes in a black crock


We absolutely love this dish, and it is really quite easy to prepare.

Watch us show you how easy it is to make this incredible dish!


The ingredients are simple but work beautifully together.

If you prefer to make this vegetarian, simply omit the bacon (use oil to cook the onions), and use vegetable stock or water for the liquid.

The black-eyed peas are the star of this dish, and for good reason. They are bursting with flavor!

Ingredients for making black-eyed peas with tomatoes

Typically, when cooking beans, you would soak the beans overnight, and you can certainly do that with this recipe. If so, you’ll only need to simmer the beans for about an hour.

But, you can skip that step and just simmer the dry beans for about an hour and a half, to 2 hours.

We like our beans to be a little al dente…meaning just a little “bite” to them, not too mushy.

Keep adding liquid to the peas as they cook. You’ll want to always maintain some liquid in the pot. If you like you beans more on the soupy side, just increase the amount of liquid.

Chicken stock pouring into a pot of cooking black-eyed peas with tomatoes


You’ll know once these Black-Eyed Peas with Tomatoes are ready to eat.

The beans should be tender, but not too soft, a little less than two hours of simmering.

These beans require a good amount of salt, so be sure to taste as they cook, and add more to your own liking.

A wooden spoon full of black-eyed peas with tomatoes in a large blue pot.

The smokey bacon, combined with slow-simmered tomatoes, onion and bay leaves is just through-the-roof good.

We love serving this for friends and family on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

It’s so hearty and just so delicious.

A black crock full of black-eyed peas with tomatoes

You’ll want to have these amazing Black-Eyed Peas with Tomatoes year round…and it’s a bonus because it brings you good luck!

135% Loon Approved!


Black-eyed peas with tomatoes in a black crock

Black-eyed peas with tomatoes

Black-Eyed Peas with Tomatoes

These Blacked-Eyes Peas with Tomatoes are a real knock out. They stay just fine in the fridge for a day or so (just re-heat on the stove), or freeze up to 2 months. They are delicious and bring you good luck! Doesn't get much better than that!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Side Dish or Entree
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Black-eyed peas, New Year's Eve
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 267kcal


  • 3 slices thick Applewood smoked bacon roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup yellow or white onion chopped
  • 5 cups dried black-eyed peas 2 lbs
  • 8 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock, or water
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup green onions chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 to 4 tsp Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • In a large heavy-duty pot (a Dutch oven works well), cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.
  • Remove with slotted spoon, and let cool. Set aside and reserve rendered bacon fat in the pot.
  • Add chopped onion and cook until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add peas and 4 cups stock (or water) to pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and add tomatoes, 1/2 cup green onions, bay leaves, 1 tsp of salt and pepper, each. 
  • Simmer until peas are tender, approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally, and adding more stock, when necessary.  Don't let the beans ever get too dry, there should always be some liquid present. 
  • Season with more salt, to taste.
  • Remove bay leaves, and discard.
  • Serve in warm bowls and sprinkle with bacon and remaining 2 tablespoons green onion.



Calories: 267kcal
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  • 5 stars
    I’ve made these the past 2 years and just looked up the recipe to make them again. These are the Most delish black eyed peas I have ever tasted! Everyone in my family raved about them: So yummy and flavorful!!!
    Kris & Wes did real good with this one!

  • I don’t even like Black Eyed Peas but I think I would like this! I eat them once a year on New Year’s just because I’m superstitious about it and it’s family tradition. If this recipe turns out the way I think it will, I’ll be eating Black Eyed Peas more often. They are very good for you after all!

    • Hi Mary!!! We weren’t big fans of black eyed peas, so we worked hard to get the recipe super delicious. And we think it really is! And if it gives us good luck for a new year, then by all means…we could all use that!!! LOL!! Let us know if you make it and what you think!!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

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