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Slow Cooker Black-Eyed Peas and Ham

This very traditional southern dish is also known as Hoppin John! That really just means slow cooked black-eyed peas with some sort of meat, then served over rice.
Served alone, it's a great side dish. Over rice, it's an excellently traditional southern crock pot meal! We've provided the option of freezer meal prep at the very bottom. And adding precooked, freezer-friendly crockpot rice is a great option.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 hrs
Total Time7 hrs 5 mins
Author: Gwen@SlowCookerKitchen


  • 3 to 4 cups of leftover ham sausage, or beef (cut into bite-size pieces) (I used leftover ham)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3 15 ounce cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 10.75 ounce cans chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • Salt and hot sauce as desired


  • Mix all the ingredients in you slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. You can cook this as long as 8 hours but the beans will become very soft. Sometimes it will take on the consistency of soup.

Freezer Meal Directions:

  • Pour all the ingredients in a freezer safe bag.
  • Lay flat, label and freeze for 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Make a note on your label you'll need cooked rice when you make this recipe.