Sloppy Black-Eyed Peas for Virtual Vegan Potluck

 Photo by Kate Lewis

Photo by Kate Lewis


This is one of my favorite recipes from Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just You and I’m so happy to be sharing this on the Virtual Vegan Potluck! It’s full of good-for-you ingredients and it takes very little hands on time.

The black-eyed peas cook down into a thick stew as they meld with the Cajun seasoning and veggies to create a New Orleans–inspired sloppy Joe. It’s great inside a bun or ladled over an open-faced bun.  Millet has a slightly sweet taste and adds some extra iron and protein to your sloppy Joe as well as making it more hearty. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Sloppy Black-Eyed Peas
soy-free, oil-free, gluten-free option*

morning ingredients:

  • 2 cups (475 ml) water
  • ⅓ cup (48 g) dry black-eyed peas
  • ⅓ cup (43 g) carrots, chopped
  • ⅙ cup (33 g) millet
  • 2 tablespoons (19 g) minced bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon liquid smoke, to taste

evening ingredients:

  • 1 cup (56 g) minced greens (collards, kale, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons (32 g) tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 or 3 buns, for serving (*use gluten-free)

In the morning: Add all the morning ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.

Thirty minutes before serving: Add the greens and tomato paste. Add the salt and pepper right before serving and more Cajun seasoning if needed. Serve open-faced style with the black-eyed pea mixture ladled over a lightly toasted bun.

yield: about 2½ cups (483 g)
per 1-cup (193 G) serving (w/o bun): 195.6 calories; 2.0 g total fat;0 g saturated fat; 7.4 g protein; 38.5 g carbohydrate; 6.2 g dietary fiber;0 mg cholesterol
prep time: 15 minutes
cooking time: 7½ to 9½ hours


 Photo  by Kate Lewis

Photo by Kate Lewis


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  1. Love this recipe!!
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  2. Sloppy peas sound so incredible! xx

  3. What a great idea! Love it.

  4. Sloppy Black-eye peas! I love it. What a great alternative to meat-substitutes.

  5. I love black eyes peas in any form. these sloppy joes look perfect for this cold saturday!

  6. Kathy, the is truly one of the most mouthwatering photos…I feel as if I could reach into the screen and snag that sandwich! Thank you so much for being a part of the Potluck!

    (When this is over I can get back to recipe-testing…)

  7. Yum, this sounds great. I don’t think I’ve ever actually cooked with black eyed peas before (even though I cook with other beans and lentils all the time), but I think I would really enjoy this!

  8. I don’t eat a lot of black eyed peas but this recipe looks so good! Must buy a pack n see what I think :) thanks for sharing!

  9. We’re cooking this! This week! Looks great.

  10. What a fabulous photo for a great recipe. And so easy! Looks so delicious…

  11. Nice spin on sloppy joes! I rarely use black eyed peas, so I love that you incorporated them into this. Cajun spice is so delicious, this looks incredibly good!

  12. Kathy, I’ve got to sing you praise for your book, Vegan Slow Cooker – I’m currently cooking through it, and loving every recipe! I’m honored to be participating in this VVP with you. Your Sloppy Joes are definitely going on my ‘to make’ list!

  13. I love any food with the word sloppy in it. or drippy. this is fun food!! and that is what a party is all about!

  14. This is such a creative, fun idea – I think this would be good even without buns!

  15. I JUST made it! I’m snacking on it until family gets home for dinner. This is something I will make again. Really great. Thanks.

  16. This is such a great recipe. I like that you can just chuck the dried beans in the slow cooker and not first soak, then cook afterwards. All done in one go! I like it – almost instant gratification…
    Thank you for the great recipe.

  17. Hi Kathy,
    I just wanted to let you know that I included your black-eyed peas recipe in the list of my favorites from this VVP! The post is here, if you want to see it:

    Thank you for your recipe!
    -Alina from Vegan Runner Eats

  18. Oh my, I’ve not had sloppy joes in such a long time… it looks like I have no excuse to avoid it any longer.

  19. This is a fantastic recipe, I love using my slow cooker at this time of year. Black eyed peas are such a creative variation for sloppy joes too. Happy VVP!

  20. Oh god this looks so good – I’ve never found anything called “sloppy” appealing before this, but this has certainly impressed me. Looks amazing!

  21. This looks fantastic. We do not own a slow cooker, do you think this could be made on the stove top instead?

  22. Michael Ruybalid says:

    Thanks for the recipe, Kathy. I look forward to trying it…today, in fact. :)

    The print/pdf button doesn’t work. It takes me to the Amazon page where I can purchase your book. I was able to print what I needed from the print function on my computer, but I just wanted to let you know of this issue.

    Happy New Year!

  23. christina moore says:

    sounds great

  24. I made this last night and it was a huge hit with my non-vegan or vegetarian family. I made a few changes based on what I had but in general tried to stick to the recipe. My 2 year old even liked it! I

    I didn’t use millet. I had about a pound of cooked black-eyed peas that I had in the freezer and added 1 cup of water after I sautéed the carrots and onions. Then I added the beans,seasoning, and liquid smoke. I didn’t have tomato paste so I used about a cup of tomato sauce and I stirred in spinach and chopped fresh mushrooms at the end. I did add a little ketchup and bbq sauce. It was really good and filling. I’ll definitely make again and try the slow cooker method. A very satisfying vegetarian meal. My version even looked very close to the picture! :)

  25. This looks amazing! I want to make it in the morning, but don’t have millet!? What can I sub for? Quinoa maybe?

  26. This sounds and looks wonderful. The only change I would make would be to serve it on paleo cornbread! Can’t get much better than that.

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