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Slow Cooker Hoppin' John

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours


  • one 15-ounce (425-gram) can black-eyed peas
  • 3/4 cup onion diced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 1 small bell pepper any color, diced
  • 1 cup smoked ham cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup cilantro chopped (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (make sure you use a gluten/dairy-free brand, if needed)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • one 6-ounce can Spicy Hot V8 Juice
  • Optional: one 10-ounce (283-gram) can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup cooked Jasmine or long grain rice of choice
  • optional, as garnish: chopped cilantro, cherry tomatoes, crumbled bacon pieces, chopped green onions


  • Add all ingredients, except for the cooked rice to slow cooker, and cook on low for 2-3 hours. I didn't use the optional can of diced tomatoes in these photos, but I have before. If you want extra tomato flavor, go ahead and add that.
  • Remove bay leaves.
  • Stir in the hot cooked rice. If it's too thick for your liking or if your rice was a bit dry, you may want to add a few tablespoons of water at a time, until you like the consistency. You likely won't need to do this if you used diced tomatoes. Serve.
  • Any leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.