Authentic Hoppin John
Authentic Hoppin’ John Recipe
Love southern comfort food? You’ll be hoppin’ around the dinner table for this flavorful recipe!
Who doesn’t love a recipe that calls for bacon… And sausage?!
Your family will request this Authentic Hoppin’ John Recipe for dinner week after week. Packed with flavor from bacon and sausage, veggies, and jalapeno, these black-eyed peas are so much more than just a New Year’s Eve recipe.
What is Hoppin John?
Hoppin’ John has been around since the 1800s, gracing the tables of many homes in the South, especially during the holidays.
This historical dish is believed to pass on good luck and peace to anyone that indulges in it during the New Year. The thought sounds lovely, however, the history doesn’t quite align.
We have been able to find Hoppin’ John Recipes in cookbooks dating back to the 1840’s hailing from the Low Country of South Carolina, a popular region for plantation owners.
Peas and Rice History
Black Eyed Peas are traditionally the bean used in this authentic dish which is what makes historians believe that slaves replanted this West African native bean in American soil.
From there, the Hoppin’ John Recipe was born. The name’s origin is still a mystery. However, many believe that it is derived from the African slave children showing excitement to receive this dish for dinner.
Others say it comes from a man known as “Hoppin’ John” who hobbled around the streets of Charleston and sold peas and rice to the locals.
Easy Black-Eyed Pea Recipe
Hoppin John also goes by the name of Southern Peas and Rice. It’s rich and comforting, with a nostalgic southern appeal.
Whether you are planning on making this dish as a Thanksgiving side dish, for your New Year’s celebration, or just a regular Wednesday evening at home, I know you’ll enjoy it!
Hoppin’ John Recipe Ingredients
- Bacon – The southern fat of choice.
- Andouille Sausage Links – For extra protein and tons of spicy flavor!
- Onion and Garlic – For zesty undernotes.
- Celery – To create the southern balance of flavors.
- Bell Pepper – Any Color. For sweetness and tang.
- Jalapeno or Serrano pepper – The andouille sausage offers a little heat, so if you are sensitive to spice, omit the jalapeno.
- Frozen Black-Eyed Peas – Or field peas. Use frozen peas instead of dried peas to speed up the recipe prep.
- Chicken Stock – Or vegetable stock (chicken broth).
- Fresh Thyme Leaves – Or use dried thyme in a pinch.
- Cajun Seasoning – To bring in tons of seasoning in one ingredient.
- Green Onions – A fresh topping.
- Long Grain Rice – Served on the side or mixed in.
How To Make Hoppin John
Set a medium saucepot over medium-high heat. Add the rice and 3 ½ cups water. Cover and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and cook for 15-20 minutes, until light and fluffy. *See package instructions.
Set a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the bacon. Cook and stir for 3 minutes, then add in the sliced sausage. Brown until the sausage looks crispy around the edges. Stir regularly.
Push the bacon and sausage to the sides of the pan and add in the onions, cut celery stalks, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic. Sauté for 3-5 minutes to soften the vegetables.
Pour in the black-eyed peas, chicken stock, thyme, and Cajun seasoning. Cover with a tight lid and simmer on medium-low heat for 30-40 minutes, or until the black-eyed peas are soft and tender. (If the broth absorbs before the black-eyed peas are soft, add a little water to finish them off.)
Taste, then season with salt and pepper if needed.
Serve warm over rice with a sprinkling of green onions, and hot sauce on the side.
Hoppin’ John can be served over the rice, or mixed into the rice as a fabulous peas and rice recipe. I prefer to pile it on the rice and let each person mix it.
This is often known as part of the New Year’s Day meal. It’s believed that if you eat peas and rice every New Years, you are setting yourself up for prosperity and good fortune.
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Black-Eyed Peas Recipe FAQ
Can I make this Authentic Hoppin’ John Recipe in the Crock Pot?
Sure! Start the pork and vegetables on the stovetop. Then add everything to a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours. (Or high for 4-5 hours.) Cook the rice separately.
Is this Hoppin’ John recipe spicy?
This cajun black-eyed peas and rice recipe is only slightly spicy! The Cajun seasoning has cayenne pepper which adds a bit of a kick. If you want, you can use a little less cajun seasoning and replace the rest with paprika.
How can I make this recipe vegetarian?
You can, but you do lose a lot of flavor by just omitting the meats. Instead, substitute the Andouille Sausage Links for a meatless sausage option. Then, of course, skip the bacon. You may need to add a little oil to the saucepot because you lose the bacon grease. This will result in a lovely vegetarian dish.
How long does Authentic Hoppin John Recipe last?
Pack leftovers in a tightly sealed container. Then place in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Can I use a different legume other than black-eyed peas?
Yes, you can easily substitute black-eyed peas for lima beans or navy beans.
Can I Store Leftovers in The Freezer?
Yes, make sure to store it in an airtight container and it can keep for up to 3 months in the freezer. Place in the fridge to thaw out overnight.
More Amazing Southern Recipes
- Southern Shrimp and Grits
- Summer Tomato Pie
- Southern Orangeade
- Comeback Dipping Sauce
- Collard Greens
- Pinto Beans made with Ham Hock
- Honey Cinnamon Cornbread Muffins
Authentic Hoppin’ John Recipe
- ¼ pound thick-cut bacon, chopped
- 2 andouille sausage links, halved and slice thin
- 1 small sweet onion, peeled and chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped (any color)
- 1 jalapeno or serrano pepper, seeded and diced
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 ½ – 2 pounds frozen black eyed peas, or field peas
- 32 ounce chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
- ½ cup chopped green onions
- 2 cups long grain rice, rinsed well (or Carolina Gold rice)
- Set a medium sauce pot over high heat. Add the rice and 3 ½ cups water. Cover and bring to a boil. Then lower the heat and cook for 15-20 minutes, until light and fluffy. *See package instructions.
- Set a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the bacon. Cook and stir for 3 minutes, then add in the sliced sausage. Brown until the sausage looks crispy around the edges. Stir regularly.
- Push the bacon and sausage to the sides of the pan and add in the onions, celery, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic. Sauté for 3-5 minutes to soften the vegetables.
- Pour in the black eyed peas, chicken stock, thyme, and Cajun seasoning. Cover with a tight lid and simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until the black eyed peas are soft and tender. (If the broth absorbs before the black eyed peas are soft, add a little water to finish them off.)
- Taste, then season with salt and pepper if needed.
- Serve warm over rice with a sprinkling of green onions, and hot sauce on the side.