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Hoppin John’s

Hoppin Johns

Hopping Johns

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 1 hour Cook Time 5 hour Total Time 6 hrs
Servings: 10
Best Season: Winter


Originally posted on 31 MAY 2013, I have adapted this recipe for use with a crockpot. Check out the original over here.

Hopping Johns is traditionally a one-pot dish, believed to bring good luck in the New Year for those eat it. It is primarily prepared with black-eyed peas, rice, pork, onions, spices. This staple comfort food has been passed down through generations. I first had hoppin john's at a new year party hosted at my grandfather's house in Cape Canaveral. As a child, the dish tasted bland, mushy and off texture. I have since learned to appreciate it as an adult and has become a staple new years day dish.

I set this as intermediate because of the extra steps involved with fresh black eyed peas.



  1. Rehydrate the Black Eyed Peas,

    Mom had instructions to boil the beans for 30 minutes in 4 inches of water. You're basically rehydrating the beans and dumping the excess water. I drop these in room temp water the night before. but feel free to boil them for 30 minutes if you forgot.

  2. Dump everything into the crockpot.

    I know super hard! but get everything into the cock pot on high for a few hours, then turn it to low and eat it. BUT if you didn't re-hydrate your beans, they will soak up more water than your rice and everything will be hard and crunchy forever.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories 309kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g11%
Cholesterol 16mg6%
Sodium 281mg12%
Potassium 542mg16%
Total Carbohydrate 50g17%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 14g29%

Vitamin A 96 IU
Vitamin C 3 mg
Calcium 66 mg
Iron 3 mg
Magnesium 15 mmol

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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