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Easy Hoppin' John Recipe

A blend of rice, black-eyed peas, ham and seasoning, this dish is a delicious way of ringing in the New Year.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hoppin' John
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 467kcal
Author: South Carolina Hometown Cookbook


  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon bacon drippings
  • 2 16-ounce cans black-eyed peas, slightly drained, or about 3 cups cooked black-eyed peas
  • 1 cup chopped cooked ham
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups hot cooked rice
  • Salt to taste
  • Sliced sweet onion optional


  • In a large saucepan, sauté onion in bacon drippings until tender. Stir in black-eyed peas, ham and cayenne pepper; simmer 10 minutes.
  • Stir in hot cooked rice and salt. 
  • Serve Hoppin’ John hot with sliced onion and cornbread.



Recipe excerpted from South Carolina Hometown Cookbook, copyright 2018, and reprinted with permission.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 81g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 549mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 13g