Did you know that if you eat 365 black-eyed peas on New Year's Day, you're guaranteed to have luck and prosperity on every day of the coming year? OK, so we know that's, like, a ton of beans (maybe enough to give you gas for all 365 days as well). But bean jokes aside, there's actually a pretty interesting history behind the Southern tradition (keep scrolling to get to the black-eyed peas recipes if you couldn't care less).
By the end of the Civil War, nearly all of the crops in the southern states had been destroyed... all of the crops except, you guessed it, the humble pea, which became a symbol of luck and survival. And that's why people continue to eat them on New Year's Day.
If you’ve only ever experienced black-eyed peas as an early 2000s hip-hop group, then these tasty black-eyed peas recipes are your chance to expand your flavor horizons and try a bean that might just bring you some extra luck.
Chili has earned its place as the ultimate winter comfort food, so making it the first dish on our lucky bean list seemed like a no-brainer. But while everyone loves a classic, the usual ingredients can get a little redundant.
That’s why we love this unexpected and delicious recipe that pairs the rich nuttiness of the black-eyed peas with the fresh (yet spicy) flavor of the green chiles. Throw in some savory shredded pork and you’ve got yourself a hearty dish you'll be making on more occasions than New Year's.
The holidays are over, you’ve had nothing but cookies and champagne for the past week, and you’re ready to get back into a healthier routine. If clean eating is one of your New Year's resolutions, this salad is a great place to start. It's full of vitamin-rich greens, purple cabbage, and carrots, plus quinoa and black-eyed peas to keep you feeling full. Oh, and it's really pretty.
If you grew up in the South, you’re probably familiar with this one. Hoppin’ John is the most famous black-eyed pea dish that exists, with a lot of superstition surrounding it (for reasons we discussed earlier). The key ingredients are black-eyed peas, ham, and dark leafy greens, usually accompanied by cornbread or rice. The black-eyed peas represent coins, the greens are paper money, the cornbread is gold, and the ham makes it extra lucky. This version uses bacon and bell peppers to put a twist on the old classic.
I mean, really, what could be better for your first meal of 2019 than tacos? The use of black-eyed peas as the main ingredient in this recipe is the perfect way to give your standard black beans a break and expand your taco flavor profile. You even get a little extra luck thrown in there with that crispy kale.
Southern cuisine is delicious (love us some soul food), but it isn't always the healthiest option if you're trying to cut down on sugar and saturated fat. This vegan soup makes it easier with tons of plant-based protein and all kinds of nourishing veggies. With all that smoked paprika, there's no sacrificed flavor, and you'd hardly know it was meat-free. Get ready to up the cozy factor because this is the meal you’ll want to eat while sitting by a fire, wrapped in a blanket, and wearing furry slippers.
Many people think hummus can only be made with chickpeas but, boy, are they wrong. Just put any kind of bean (in this case, black-eyed peas) and tahini in a food processor and, bam, hummus! Plus it'll be great for some post-New Year's Eve hangover snacking.
Bet you didn’t think we were going to throw a dessert option into the mix! Making brownies with beans might sound strange, but the consistency of these beauties is actually amazing and surprisingly moist (sorry). And hey, beans are high in protein and fiber, so these brownies are basically a health food, right?