Hoppin John (Slow Cooker)

Lee Thayer


This is a classic southern US dish of black eyed peas and ham served over rice or even as a side dish. To dress this up, I added what I had in my fridge, bell peppers, celery, and bacon, delicious! I cooked the beans from dry the day before, and cooked chicken the day before as well for the broth.


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10 Min
4 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


  • 3-4 c
    cooked ham, bite size pieces
  • 1
    onion, diced
  • 3 can(s)
    or 6 cups cooked, black eyed peas, drained
  • 2 3/4 c
    chicken broth or stock
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • ·
    salt and pepper as desired
  • ·
    cooked rice, for serving, if desired
  • 300 g
    smoked bacon, chopped, optional
  • 1
    red bell pepper, diced, optional
  • 1
    green bell pepper, diced, optional
  • 1 stalk(s)
    celery, diced, optional

How to Make Hoppin John (Slow Cooker)


  1. Drain the beans and add to your slow cooker. I used cooked dry beans.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to your slow cooker. I added red and green bell peppers, celery, and bacon as variants as well as homemade chicken broth.
  3. Give the pot a stir then cover and set to Low setting for 4 to 6 hours but anything past 8 hours and the beans will be really soft.
  4. Stir the pot once an hour. Here it is at 4 hours, and it is perfect.
  5. Serve over rice for a main dish or serve as is without rice as a side dish. Enjoy.

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About Hoppin John (Slow Cooker)

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free

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