Growing up, Black Eyed Peas were a pretty rare occurrence on our dinner table. Occasionally my dad would make them to celebrate the new year, but outside of that you can forget about it. Last year I decided I wanted to change that. I love experimenting with new foods. Even if it’s just a bean. I brought the new year in with these Black Eyed Pea Fritters which were a huge hit! #PickyAssHusbandApproved This go-round, I wanted to make something a little more traditional. These Southern Black Eyed Peas are my new favorite and I know you’ll enjoy them too!
How to Cook Black Eyed Peas Without Meat
Incase you were wondering if it’s possible to cook black eyed peas without meat, rest assured it’s totally possible! Making black eyed peas is pretty simple. In order to keep things really simple, I decided to use canned black eyed peas so I didn’t have to soak them. One less thing for me to do!
You’ll start by sautéing your diced onion with either oil or water (if you’re oil-free). Once it’s been cooked through, you can add in your diced celery and diced red bell pepper. After about 1-2 minutes, add in the remaining ingredients and give it a good stir to combine everything. Bring the pot to a simmer on a low-medium heat, then top the pot with a lid and sit back and let the magic happen. Simmering everything will help the ingredients come together to create the flavor you’re looking for.
What to Pair with Black Eyed Peas:
Black Eyed Peas are the perfect addition to any southern meal. Here are a few ideas on what to pair them with:
- White Rice
- Spicy Chicken Fried Tofu
- Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins
- Easy Vegan Mac + Cheese
- Crispy Baked Breaded Tofu
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Easy Vegan Collard Greens
- Easy Vegan Cornbread
I know you’ll love these Southern Black Eyed Peas! They’re easy to make and are the perfect addition to your favorite southern meals. Give them a try and let me know what you think of them in the comments below!
Southern Black Eyed Peas
- 1 cup yellow onion diced
- ¼ cup celery diced
- ½ red bell pepper diced
- ½ cup vegetable broth
- 2 cans black eyed peas (mostly drained- reserve some liquid)
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper
- ½ tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp salt
- black pepper to taste
- 1½ tsp liquid smoke
- 1 tsp organic cane sugar
- In a large pot, sauté the diced onions with neutral oil or water (if oil-free) until semi-translucent.
- Once the onions have been cooked, add in the diced celery and diced red bell pepper. Sauté for about 1-2 minutes along with the onion.
- Add in the canned black eyed peas, vegetable broth, and all other remaining ingredients.
- Cover with a lid and let simmer for at least 30 minutes on low medium heat. Stir frequently.
- Serve with rice or meal of your choice. Enjoy!