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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


  1. 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.

  2. Remove bay leaves.

  3. 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.

  4. Any leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.