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Slow Cooker Hoppin' John

Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Lynn Miller
Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 5 hrs, 30 mins
Yield Serves 6
This slow cooker hoppin' john recipe is perfect for New Year's Day celebrations.

Ingredients

  • 4 strips thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup dried black-eyed peas, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 267
  • fat 4 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • protein 9 g
  • carbohydrate 49 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 10 mg
  • sodium 533 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place bacon in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until just beginning to crisp. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Scrape bacon, bacon fat and onion into slow cooker. Add crushed red pepper, peas and 4 cups water and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low until peas are nearly tender, 3 to 4 hours.

  2. Stir in tomatoes, rice and salt. Cover and continue to cook just until rice is tender and has absorbed all liquid, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Cook's Notes

Go whole grain. Swap in brown rice instead of white to add fiber and other nutrients to this already healthful dish.
Turn up the heat. Like a kick? Use more crushed red pepper and sprinkle the dish with hot sauce just before serving (or pass the sauce at the table).