Black Eyed Peas Recipe

This low and slow black eyed peas recipe captures the essence of Southern comfort and a time-honored tradition to help bring good luck into the new year! Rooted in Southern folklore and celebrated as a symbol of good luck and prosperity, this recipe seamlessly blends tradition with culinary excellence. My black eyed peas have evolved over time and inspired by traditional Southern flavors I have learned through my family and techniques I have learned through lots of practice. I think you will enjoy this recipe and, of course, we could always use some good luck!

If you love this recipe, try my Red Beans and Rice and Seafood Gumbo Recipe next!

black eyed peas recipe by Chef Kolby Kash

Unquestionably, every year, as we stand on the cusp of a new year, there’s no better way to usher in fresh beginnings than with a time-honored tradition – a steaming bowl of my Stovetop Black-Eyed Peas. Each time I make this black eyed peas recipe it feels good to know that im participating in a New Year’s custom that transcends generations, bringing comfort, warmth, and the promise of abundance to my table. Join me on this journey as we craft a dish that not only satisfies the palate but also carries the spirit of a cherished New Year’s tradition.


My stovetop black-eyed peas are not just a dish; they’re an experience. What sets this recipe apart is the perfect blend of smoky goodness from the smoked turkey wings, the heartiness of black-eyed peas, and a medley of aromatic vegetables. Slow-simmered to perfection, these peas boast a depth of flavor that will transport you straight to the heart of the South.

  • Soulful Comfort: This recipe embodies the soulful comfort of Southern cuisine, bringing warmth and satisfaction to every bite.
  • Nutrient-Rich Goodness: Packed with protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, these black-eyed peas are as nutritious as they are delicious.
  • Versatility: Whether it’s a family dinner or a festive gathering, this dish suits every occasion, making it a versatile addition to your repertoire.

In essence, this Black Eyed Peas recipe excels in its thoughtful combination of ingredients, respect for tradition, and a well-executed cooking process, resulting in a dish that’s not just a meal but an experience to savor and share.

black eyed peas recipe by Chef Kolby Kash


  • Dried Black-Eyed Peas (16 oz):
    • Role: The heart of the dish, providing a creamy texture and nutty flavor.
    • Contribution: High in protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, black-eyed peas offer a nutritional boost.
  • Smoked Turkey Wings (4 wings):
    • Role: Infusing a rich, smoky essence into the dish.
    • Contribution: Adds depth of flavor and a savory element to complement the peas.
  • Onion, bell pepper, and garlic :
    • Role: Aromatic base, enhancing overall flavor.
    • Contribution: Sweet, savory, and depth to the dish.
  • Chicken Stock (6 cups):
    • Role: The liquid base for simmering, infusing flavor into the peas.
    • Contribution: Depth and richness to the overall dish.
  • Vegetable Oil (2 tablespoons):
    • Role: Used for sautéing, enhancing the aromatic base.
    • Contribution: Adds a touch of richness and aids in the cooking process.
  • Smoked Paprika (1 teaspoon):
    • Role: Introduces a smoky and mildly spicy flavor.
    • Contribution: Elevates the dish with a hint of smokiness.
  • Dried Thyme (1 teaspoon):
    • Role: Herbaceous undertones to enhance the overall flavor profile.
    • Contribution: Adds a subtle earthiness.
  • Salt and Black Pepper (to taste):
    • Role: Balances and enhances all the flavors in the dish.
    • Contribution: Seasonal elements crucial for achieving the perfect taste.
  • Cayenne Pepper (optional, to taste):
    • Role: Adds a spicy kick for those who enjoy extra heat.
    • Contribution: Customizes the dish according to individual spice preferences.
  • Bayou City Seasoning: A blend of spices that elevates the dish with its characteristic warmth and depth.
Ingredients to make peas

How To make Black Eyed Peas

  1. First, Rinse and pick over soaked black-eyed peas.
  2. Sauté onions, bell pepper, and garlic in oil.
  3. Add smoked turkey wings, black-eyed peas, spices, and chicken stock.
  4. Simmer on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Adjust seasoning and serve hot.
how to make black eyed peas Chef Kolby Kash

Tips for perfect Black Eyed Peas

  1. First, For a richer flavor, let the peas simmer low and slow.
  2. Adjust the seasoning gradually to achieve the perfect balance.
  3. Equally important, customize with seasonal vegetables for added freshness.

Quick Soak Black Eyed Peas:

This quick soak method helps to soften the beans rapidly, making them suitable for dishes like southern black eyed peas without the need for overnight soaking. However, remember that while this method accelerates the soaking process, allowing the beans to soak longer, if possible, will still enhance their texture and reduce cooking time further.

  1. Rinse the Beans:
    • Place the dried black eyed peas in a colander and rinse them under cold running water. Remove any debris or impurities.
  2. Boil Water:
    • In a large pot, bring enough water to cover the beans by at least 2 inches to a boil.
  3. Add Beans to Boiling Water:
    • Add the rinsed black eyed peas to the boiling water.
  4. Boil for 2 Minutes:
    • Allow the beans to boil rapidly for about 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from Heat:
    • After boiling, remove the pot from the heat.
  6. Cover and Let Sit:
    • Cover the pot with a lid and let the beans sit in the hot water for 1 hour.
  7. Drain and Rinse:
    • After the soaking period, drain the beans and rinse them thoroughly under cold water.
soaked peas chef Kolby Kash

How to Make this Recipe Vegetarian:

This recipe can easily be made vegan/vegetarian. Simply, replace chicken stock with veggie stock and omit the turkey wings.The dish will still boast a delicious blend of flavors without compromising on its Southern charm.

What to Eat with Black-Eyed Peas:

Pair these delectable black-eyed peas with fluffy rice or cornbread for an authentic Southern experience. The peas also make an excellent side dish alongside grilled meats or as a stand-alone meal.

black eyed peas recipe by Chef Kolby Kash

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use canned beans?

A: While canned beans can be used, without a doubt, soaking dried beans overnight is recommended for the best texture and flavor.

Q: How spicy is this dish?

A: The level of spiciness can be adjusted by modifying the amount of cayenne seasoning or omitting completely

Q: How do I store leftovers?

A: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days or freeze for longer shelf life.

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black eyed peas recipe by Chef Kolby Kash

Black Eyed Peas Recipe

Top tier Southern Black eyed peas with smoked turkey wings. Slow-simmered with aromatic vegetables in a savory chicken stock, creating a savory base with depths of flavor. This recipe promises a taste of Southern warmth and satisfaction.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 8 people
Calories 400 kcal


  • 1 stock pot


  • 16 oz dried black-eyed peas soaked over night
  • 3-4 smoked turkey wings
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 bell peppers diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bulb roasted garlic
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp Bayou City Garlic Pepper
  • 1 tsp Bayou City All Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  • cover dried black-eyed peas with water and let soak over night.
  • Rinse the dried black-eyed peas under cold water and pick out any debris. Set aside.
  • In a large pot, heat grapeseed oil over medium heat. Sauté chopped onions, bell pepper, and minced garlic until softened.
  • Add in roasted garlic and let cook for about 1 minute (instructions on how to roast garlic in the notes)
  • Add the smoked turkey wings to the pot and sauté briefly to infuse the flavors.
  • Stir in the bayou city seasonings, smoked paprika, dried thyme, and rinsed black-eyed peas. Mix well to coat the peas in the flavorful seasonings.
  • Pour in the chicken stock, ensuring it covers the peas and turkey wings. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a lid, and let the peas simmer for about 1 hour and 30 mins, stirring occasionally.
  • remove cover and let simmer for 30 more minutes or until the peas are tender
  • If you prefer a thicker consistency, mash some of the cooked peas against the side of the pot
  • Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper if desired. Adjust the flavors to your liking.
  • Remove from heat and serve the black-eyed peas with smoked turkey wings hot, either on its own or over rice with cornbread.


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  • Smoked turkey wings add a robust flavor, but you can use smoked turkey legs or ham hocks for variation.
  • Adjust the cooking time if using pre-cooked or partially smoked turkey wings.
  • Serve with a side of cornbread for a complete Southern meal experience.
  • If you prefer a thicker consistency, mash some of the cooked peas against the side of the pot or add a slurry of water and flour.
  • Consider incorporating seasonal vegetables for added freshness and variety.
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