Good Luck Hoppin' John

Terry Brooks


We were stationed at Charleston Air Force Base in S. Carolina for 13 yrs from 1976-1989. I learned to love grits and the tradition of eating Hoppin' John on New Year's Day for good luck! Even though we don't live there anymore I still keep the tradition but have tweaked it a little over the years. Hope you like it.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is an easy way to make Hoppin' John for the new year. It's made with a medley of red and green peppers with onion. The veggies simmer in the slow cooker with broth and black-eyed peas. As it cooks, the flavors meld together creating a flavorful and delicious meal. Serve over a bed of fluffy white rice for a down-home delicious (and lucky) New Year's Day meal. We highly recommend adding a handful of bacon (is bacon ever optional?). It's amazing! Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


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20 Min
4 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1
    medium onion, diced
  • 1/2
    red pepper, diced
  • 1/2
    green pepper, diced
  • 3
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried parsley
  • 1
    handful crumbled bacon, optional
  • 1 tsp
    crushed red pepper (for heat)
  • 2 can(s)
    black-eyed peas, 15 oz. each
  • 4 c
    cooked rice

How to Make Good Luck Hoppin' John


  1. Heat the olive oil.
  2. Sauté the onion, peppers, and garlic until translucent, about 4-5 min.
  3. Stir in the black-eyed peas, broth, salt, pepper, and parsley. Add the crumbled bacon if using.
  4. Pour all into a slow cooker and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  5. Serve over the cooked rice. Enjoy. My husband likes to garnish the top of his with freshly chopped onions and more parsley.

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