Black Folks Southern Soul Food Black Eyed Peas

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Are you looking for a delicious, soulful way to bring good luck into your life this New Year

Then look no further than my amazing soul food Southern black eyed peas recipe! Smokey, spicy, and wonderfully bacon-flavored, this dish is sure to warm your heart and fill your stomach with the good fortune of timeless traditions by way of this delicious African American dish!

 

Soul Food Southern Black Eyed Peas

 

What are black eyed peas?

I’m not talking about my favorite band – the Black Eyed Peas with will.i.am, Fergie, apl.de.app, and Taboo (I’ve got a feeling you thought I was – woo-hoo!)

These are the original black eyed peas, a member of the crowder peas family. 

Sometimes called cowpeas, Black eyed peas are an old-world plant domesticated from Africa. 

The little tan beans with the black dot in the center look like an eye. Black eyed peas are nutty and earthy in flavor and are packed full of vitamins and minerals. They’re often added to soups and stews.

 

Fiber and protein are abundant in these savory and tasty little legumes. And although called peas, these beans are not sweet like green peas. 

 

 

How do you cook black eyed peas?

When you pressure cook black eyed peas in the Instant Pot, it’s the quickest and easiest way to enjoy this delicious tradition.

 

Soul Food Black Eyed Peas

 

How long do you cook black eyed peas?

People often ask, “The instructions say cook black eyed peas for 4 hours, is that time correct?”

Not correct if you’re using an Instant Pot!

Quick and easy – Instant Pot pressure cooking only takes 15 minutes to cook black eyed peas. 

 

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Do you need to soak the beans?

Long gone are the days of having to soak the dry black eyed peas overnight and then cook them in a large pot for hours to all day. 

An electric pressure cooker delivers the same soul food flavors and tender beans in a matter of minutes. Like I said – Magical Meals In Minutes!

 

Ingredients For Soul Food Southern Black Eyed Peas In The Instant Pot

 

Why do African Americans eat black eyed peas?

Black-eyed peas are a New Year’s supper tradition enjoyed by many Southerners and Black folks with the idea that this meal will usher in prosperity for the New Year. 

Legend has it that the Union Army came across standing fields of black-eyed peas before Sherman’s March, winning the Civil War. After that, black-eyed peas became a symbol of abundance and emancipation for African Americans freed on New Years Day post-war.

But, unfortunately, this story is more fanciful than fact. Juneteenth history reveals a different set of facts about our ancestors’ emancipation taking much longer.

While maybe not a true symbol of freedom, these little beans are worth the holiday wait to eat ’em, tho!

Black folks Southern black eyed peas are intensely flavored in a thick sauce with smokey and spicy seasonings to make these warm, comforting, and flavorful beans the ultimate New Year’s Day tradition.

No bland beans here! With this soul food Southern black eyed peas recipe, you’ll create a delicious meal that will comfort you from the inside out!

 

Soul Food Black Eyed Peas Recipe

 

Black folks Southern soul food black eyed peas

You can eat black eyed peas with classic Black folks’ recipes all throughout the year.

 

Just make sure you serve soul food black eyed peas on New Year’s Day for a good start to the New Year!

 

Kitchen equipment for Black folks Southern soul food black eyed peas

  • Instant Pot electric pressure cooker

 

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Ingredients for Southern soul food black-eyed peas

  • 1 pound of dried black eyed peas
  • 6 cups of chicken stock (use vegetable stock for vegans & vegetarians)
  • 1 cup of diced red onion
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • ½ a teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons of chicken bouillon (vegans &  vegetarians use a Creole seasoning)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper 
  • 1 cup of collard greens, finely chopped, fresh or pre-cooked (optional)
  • 2-3 slices of bacon (optional)

 

Black Folks Black Eyed Peas Recipe

 

Instructions for Black folks Southern soul food black-eyed peas

  1. Open the Instant Pot lid and pour the chicken stock into the stainless steel inner pot.  
  2. Add the black-eyed peas, onion, garlic, bay leaf, paprika, red pepper flakes, thyme, chicken bouillon, salt, pepper, collards, and bacon.
  3. Stir the ingredients to combine. 
  4. Make sure the beans are soaking and covered in the liquid broth.
  5. Close the Instant Pot lid (make sure the valve is up – in the position for sealing) and pressure cook on high for 15 minutes.
  6. When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural pressure release for at least 10 minutes.
  7. To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release any remaining pressure, if applicable.
  8. Remove the bay leaf and serve this Black folks Southern soul food black eyed peas recipe right away, and enjoy!

 

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What do you serve with Black folks Southern soul food black eyed peas?

What do you eat with black eyed peas?

Southern black eyed peas make a great side dish. Or they can be the main event, like Hoppin’ John.

 

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Serve this soul food black eyed peas recipe with Black folks pork jowl baconhomemade skillet cornbread and a side of collard greens. Or rice for the best rice and peas.

And for dessert, Black folks Southern red velvet cake!

 

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More commonly, black eyed peas are served with Southern fried chicken and a splash of hot sauce for a blast of spicy to go with the smokey flavor kick.

 

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Black folks Southern soul food black eyed peas FAQs

Why do Southerners eat black-eyed peas?

Black-eyed peas are eaten worldwide, but most people associate them with Southern cuisine. This is because of their history as a staple crop in the South. 

 

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They are served on New Year’s Day to bring luck and prosperity in the New Year, they are cooked during Lent, and throughout the South, they are a traditional dish at hog jowls dinners.

 

Black Folks Soul Food Black Eyed Peas

 

Should you soak your black-eyed peas?

To soak or not to soak?

Rinse peas, or nah?

Everyone has their own opinion on whether or not you should soak black-eyed peas before cooking them. 

But with Instant Pot, there’s no debate. There’s no soaking or rinsing needed – saving you lots of time, effort, and unnecessary extra thought!

 

Are there good swaps for ingredients in this Black folks soul food black eyed peas recipe?

  • While you obviously can’t swap most other dried beans like the black bean for the black-eyed pea, crowder peas are an acceptable substitute. 
  • Some folks will leave the collards or replace them with bell peppers, diced tomato, or a Tony Chachere seasoning
  • If you don’t have a red onion handy, a yellow or green onion will also work for this black eyed pea salad.
  • 4-6 thick slices of chopped pork (hog jowl) or turkey bacon are also beautiful additions and can turn this traditional side dish into a whole meal!

 

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Can you use canned black-eyed peas?

It is possible, but you should know a few things first. Canned black-eyed peas are an excellent alternative for those who don’t have time to cook them from scratch, but you’d simply heat them instead of pressure cooking. So it would not be easy to achieve the same soul food flavors from this recipe.

 

How long do you cook black-eyed peas in an Instant Pot?

With Instant Pot, you only need 15 minutes to pressure cook black-eyed peas. 

Immediately after the timer goes off, allow the pressure cooker to naturally release the pressure. This will take about 10 minutes. After that, open the pot and stir the black-eyed peas. They should be nice and tender for you to serve over rice, and enjoy!

 

Do frozen peas cook faster?

Will frozen peas compromise this recipe if used?

Frozen peas cook faster than their fresh counterparts because they are pre-cooked. 

But the same as with canned black-eyed peas, you shouldn’t pressure-cook frozen peas. 

So it would not be as easy to achieve the same soul food flavors from this recipe.

 

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How to make black eyed peas thicker

Will this make gravy?

Traditional Southern living recipes call for cooking black eyed peas with bacon, bacon grease, salt pork, smoked ham hock, neckbones, a smoked turkey wing, smoked ham, or smoked turkey leg

 

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But if you really want to make your black-eyed peas stand out and delicious, make sure you follow this recipe and add chicken stock and chicken bouillon (or vegetarian equivalent). And smoked paprika to the mix to achieve a smokey and savory pot liqueur gravy – like you get with a Black folks collard green recipe!

 

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Do you drain the water or leave it in? 

If you soak your dried peas the old-fashioned way, you can also use the water when you cook them. 

If you’re cooking with Instant Pot, don’t drain the liquid whether you use water, chicken broth, or vegetable broth. This simple ingredient combined with the soul food seasonings will transform your bowl of beans into something that tastes just like it came from a restaurant!

 

How long will these soul food Southern black-eyed peas keep in the fridge?

Tuck these little peas into airtight Tupperware and refrigerate for up to three days. Or freeze the entire dish or leftovers for three months, then thaw before reheating on the stovetop or on the slow cooker setting in the Instant Pot.

 

How long do you cook Southern black eyed peas in the crockpot?

Instant Pot is the fastest (and I’d say the most delicious) way to cook black eyed peas.

But if you prefer to cook them in a Crockpot, allow them to slow cook for hours instead of only 15 minutes with Instant Pot. 

 

What did you think about this recipe?

Who has time to soak black-eyed peas for hours on end? 

Not me! 

That’s why I love this Black folks Southern soul food black eyed peas recipe. With Instant Pot, they cook up in a jiffy!

Whether you’re serving soul food Southern black eyed peas as a main course or as a side dish, these beans are sure to be a hit.

The perfect Southern black eyed peas are the perfect time-saving dish for your next Southern-inspired meal. 

This recipe yields tender and delicious black-eyed peas that taste as though they were cooked and stewed over all day!

 

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Soul Food Southern Black Eyed Peas

Black Folks Southern Soul Food Black Eyed Peas

Soul food Southern black eyed peas are intensely flavored in a thick sauce with smokey & spicy seasonings. Warm, comforting, & flavorful good luck you can eat for prosperity in the New Year!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Pressure Release Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Soul Food, Southern Food
Keyword: black eyed peas, Black folks black eyed peas, Black folks Southern soul food black eyed peas, Instant Pot beans, Instant Pot recipe, keto, soul food, soul food black eyed peas, soul food Southern black eyed peas, Southern black eyed peas, Southern black eyed peas recipe, southern food, vegan, vegan soul food, vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 143kcal
Author: Shaunda Necole

Equipment

  • Instant Pot electric pressure cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 pound black eyed peas dried
  • 6 cups chicken stock use vegetable stock for vegans & vegetarians
  • 1 cup red onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon thyme dried
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon vegans & vegetarians use a Creole seasoning
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup collard greens finely chopped, fresh or pre-cooked (optional)

Instructions

  • Open the Instant Pot lid and pour the chicken stock into the stainless steel inner pot.
  • Add the black-eyed peas, onion, garlic, bay leaf, paprika, red pepper flakes, thyme, chicken bouillon, salt, pepper, collards, and bacon.
  • Stir the ingredients to combine.
  • Make sure the beans are soaking and covered in the liquid broth.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid (make sure the valve is up – in the position for sealing) and pressure cook on high for 15 minutes.
  • When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural pressure release for at least 10 minutes.
  • To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release any remaining pressure, if applicable.
  • Remove the bay leaf and serve this Black folks Southern soul food black eyed peas recipe right away, and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 704mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 390IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg
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Nutrition Facts
Black Folks Southern Soul Food Black Eyed Peas
Amount per Serving
Calories
143
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
5
mg
2
%
Sodium
 
704
mg
31
%
Potassium
 
400
mg
11
%
Carbohydrates
 
21
g
7
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
9
g
18
%
Vitamin A
 
390
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
4
mg
5
%
Calcium
 
38
mg
4
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Cyrene
    February 23, 2022 / 5:45 am

    5 stars
    Delicious recipe for a healthy source of protein!

    • February 23, 2022 / 2:12 pm

      5 stars
      You said it best about these soul food flavorful black-eyed peas!

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