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Slow Cooked Hoppin John Recipe

Slow Cooked Hoppin' John

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy-hoppin-john, hoppin-john-recipes, slow-cooked-hoppin-john
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 295kcal
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 1 lb dry black eyed peas rinsed and picked over
  • 1 12 oz ham hock or ham bone with meat
  • 1 medium sweet onion diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper OR poblano pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½-1 teaspoon seasoned salt adjust more or less to your taste
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies (Or plain diced tomatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • Cooked rice for serving
  • Cooked Collard Greens optional (See Cook's note)
  • Hot sauce optional


  • Prior to cooking: Rinse and scrub ham hock. Place into a pot and cover completely with water. Place on the stovetop and bring to boil. Boil for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and drain. Rinse thoroughly under cold water. Follow recipe for adding to slow cooker.
  • To prepare: Pour peas into bottom of slow cooker insert. Center the ham hock in the peas.
  • Add the onion, pepper, bay leaves, thyme. red pepper flakes,½ teaspoon seasoned salt, and garlic.
  • Pour chicken broth over all. Place the lid on securely. Cook on high for 3 hours.
  • After 3 hours, remove ham hock and pull meat from bone. Discard bone.
  • Return meat to the slow cooker with tomatoes and lemon pepper. Taste and adjust salt to your taste, if needed. Mix well.
  • Cover and cook for an additional 1-2 hours or until the peas are tender.
  • Serve with rice, collard greens and cornbread with hot sauce, if desired.


The ham adds a great deal of seasoning and salt to the entire dish. If desired, you may wait to add salt after the Hoppin' John has cooked for the initial 3 hours, then adjust to your taste.
To add rice and collards to the pot: After cooking the Hoppin' John, add 2 cups cooked long grain rice and 1 (16-oz) package frozen chopped collard greens cooked per the package directions. Mix both in at the end of cooking just before serving. Season only lightly with salt when preparing both.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 926mg | Potassium: 687mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 4mg