Published Apr 4th
Prep 20m Cook 3h Additional 8h Ready In 11h 20m
Servings 10 servings Calories 306.6

A delicious New Year’s Eve recipe to bring you luck in the new year! I sometimes just use the ham bone and some of the surrounding meat from the traditional Christmas ham that I make each year, but the ham hocks also add a nice, smokey, rustic flavor of their own.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry black-eyed peas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (32 ounce) cartons chicken broth
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 pound smoked ham hocks
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 5 pepperoncini peppers
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place the black-eyed peas into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 8 hours to overnight. Drain and rinse before using.
  2. 2 In a large stock pot over medium heat, cook and stir onion and garlic in olive oil until onion becomes translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour in the chicken broth and 8 cups water, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer. Stir in soaked black-eyed peas, ham hocks, tomatoes, pepperoncini, bay leaf, garlic powder, thyme, and salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until peas are tender, ham meat is falling off the bones, and the broth is thickened, about 3 hours.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 306.6
  • Carbohydrate 27.9 g
  • Cholesterol 35.3 mg
  • Fat 13.4 g
  • Fiber 8.1 g
  • Protein 18.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 3.9 g
  • Sodium 1281 mg
  • Sugar 6.3 g


  1. There is no need to soak the peas overnight as they aren't thick skinned like most dried beans. If you do so, they just get mushy while cooking. Instead, just sort them, and give them a good rinse in water before cooking. The pepperoncini added no flavor.
  2. STUPENDOUS FLAVOR! Do NOT leave out the pepperoncini, but adjust amount up or down according to your 'spice' preference - the flavor is superb! Believe me, I almost passed this one by when I saw pepperoncini as an ingredient - so VERY glad I did not!! DE-LI-CI-OUS!!!!
  3. I'm not sure whether I should review this as I just used it as a guide to throw together a last minute whim. I used canned black eyed peas bacon and far less liquids to keep it fast - but tried to keep true to the mix of other ingredients/seasonings. The whole family loved it - Read more ...
  4. My first attempt at Black eyed peas and hamhocks. I followed closely but did not have the peppers or bay leaf. I baked overnight in the crockpot on Low. These were soooo good. Great Flavor!!! Will make again!
  5. Sweet stuff!! I made with just a few good I downed the first bowl in minutes!!! Great with a sweet cornbread! I used: white onion..had no yellow....extra fresh garlic (omitted the garlic powder)..omitted the water..used all the liquid from the canned tomatoes PLUS a can of stewed tomatoes...added extra ham (big chunks)...used three small - Read more ...
  6. I cut the water back to 2 cups and the chicken stock back to 4 cups. 10 cups less liquid than the recipe calls for! But it is delicious and my 10 year old even likes it. I also added a ham steak all cubed up, and some Cajun seasoning. Two extra pepperoncini. Will definitely - Read more ...
  7. Enjoyed this recipe. It seemed like way too much liquid so I only added 3 of the 8 cups of water and there was still too much "pot liquor" at the end. Also the ham meat never fell off the bone and I cooked it quite a bit longer than recommended (about 4 hours total). - Read more ...
  8. 1. The pepperocinis are those (very mild) yellow peppers that you often get whole on top of Greek salads... they will not make this dish spicy, but add a very special flavor to it. I would not reccommend leaving them out. You can find them at any grocery store - they are in jar near - Read more ...
  9. This is better than a lot of the hoppin' john recipes out there. It is very flavorful. Just add rice! Thanks for the recipe!