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Slow Cooker Hoppin' John

This slow cooker hoppin' john recipe is perfect for New Year's Day celebrations.

All You MAY 2010

  • Yield: Serves 6
  • Cook time: 5 Hours, 30 Minutes
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$1.21


  • 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


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.


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).

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 267
  • Fat: 4g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Carbohydrate: 49g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Sodium: 533mg

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