Hoppin’ John

Hoppin John

Give your New Year good luck with this classic southern dish.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American


  • 1 Large soup pot


  • ½ Bacon Diced large
  • 2 Onions Diced
  • 4 Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 2 Cups Black-Eyed Peas Dry and unsoaked
  • ½ Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Long Grain White Rice
  • 2 Tomatos Diced
  • 1-2 Cups Ham Diced
  • 2 Cups Collared Greens Torn. Kale, swiss chard, or mustard greens, optional.


  • In a large soup pot, sauté bacon over medium-high heat, until crispy, 3-4 minutes. Remove the cooked bacon and leave 1 Tbsp of bacon grease in the pot. Reduce the heat to medium and add the onions and garlic. Saute until soft and golden, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the bacon back to the pan along with the black-eyed peas, pepper and red pepper flakes. Add the water and chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low to maintain just a bare simmer. Simmer, covered, for 30-40 min until the black-eyed peas are nearly tender.
  • Add the rice and cook, covered15-20 minutes, until the rice is mostly tender and liquid is nearly all absorbed. Remove the pot from the heat and mix in the diced tomatoes, ham and torn collard greens. Then let the pot sit, covered for 10 minutes, to let the rice finish steaming and the greens wilt.
  • Taste and adjust salt and pepper as necessary. Serve with cornbread.