Black Eyed Peas with Ham

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In parts of the southern United States, black eyed peas and ham or other cut of pork are included in the traditional New Year's meal. This is a page about black eyed peas with ham.


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My mom's dad made black eyed peas when she was a child, and she recently taught my daughter how to make this dish for a school project. It is a family tradition to make black eyed peas on New Years for good luck.


  • 3 cups ham, diced
  • 1 lb dried black eyed peas, rinsed
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/4 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt, to taste


  1. Dice up ham and set aside.
  2. Rinse and drain the back eyed peas.
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  4. Cook and crumble up bacon.
  5. Dice onion and mince garlic.
  6. Heat oil in a large pot, then add onion and garlic. Sauté until translucent and tender.
  7. Add ham and bacon. Brown ham slightly.
  8. Add oregano and stir to combine.
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  10. Add black eyed peas and 4 cups of water.
  11. Increase heat to HIGH and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to MED-HIGH. Cover and cook for 20-30 minutes or until beans are soft. Stir occasionally. Note: Add more water to keep beans covered, if necessary.
  12. Serve with rice and enjoy!
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