Southern Black Eyed Peas

Believe it or not, I was a very picky eater as a child. Me of all people! The girl who eats anything and everything now. I’ve heard rumors that your taste buds change every seven years… or something like that. I have no idea if that’s true or not, all I know is that as I got older I started trying more things and I realized they were actually pretty tasty.

Every New Year’s Eve my Mom made us these flavorful black eyed peas with bacon in them. It’s an old southern tradition that’s supposed to bring good luck. Now, we didn’t actually believe in it or anything, but it was just what we ate each December 31st for fun.

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I, being the picky eater smart aleck I was, would always ask my Mom ‘How many peas do I have to eat to get good luck again?’ as I strategically scooped one measly pea onto my plate.

I love them now though! Like I said, I just started trying more things and now I will eat just about anything. Which is both a blessing and a curse, but we’ll call it more of a blessing for today.


-1 bag black eyed peas
-1 piece raw bacon, cut into pieces (I think a second piece snuck its way into my batch – funny how that happens!)
-4 cups chicken or beef broth
-1 TBS salt
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1 medium onion, chopped
-pepper to taste


1. Rinse your peas and pick out any foreign objects. The joys of buying dry beans!
2. Combine all ingredients in a Crock Pot and cook on low for 8 hours.

Easy peasy! See what I did there?

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Lover of all things husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese's peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.
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