Here’s a recipe for Vegan Slow Cooker Black-eyed Peas that cook while you sleep! No need to soak the beans and they end up creamy and delicious.
Why Slow Cooker Black-eyed Peas on New Year’s Day?
In the Southern US we eat black-eyed peas for luck on New Year’s Day. Even if it’s not your tradition, it’s still an easy and healthy way to start off the new year.
Do You Have to Soak Black-eyed Peas?
You do not! I think of these and other cow peas as medium cooking time beans. Lentils and split peas are quick-cooking and kidney beans, black beans, and others that use soaking to speed up the cooking process I think of as long cooking beans.
How Do I Slow Cook Black-eyed Peas?
You can use the slow cooker to cook plain black-eyed peas by only using the water and beans. Then they’ll be ready for you favorite recipes.
Where Do I Get Jalapeno Powder?
You can get it at Target in the Hispanic section, on Amazon, or keep reading for instructions on how to make your own.
How Do I Make Jalapeno Powder?
I actually make my own by dehydrating fresh jalapeno peppers. First I remove the stem, seeds, and ribs, then dehydrate until crispy.
Finally, grind up the peppers in a spice grinder. No spice grinder? You can use a coffee grinder. Just grind rice before hand to take out some of the coffee flavor, then again after you grind the peppers. You may need to repeat the rice grinding to get all the flavor out.
More Recipes to Try
- Instant Pot Apple Spice Steel Cut Oats for 2
- Creole Okra Corn Soup from The Easy Vegan Cookbook
- Instant Pot Vegan Black-Eyed Pea Jambalaya
- Super Easy Tofu Stir-fry Using a Kale Salad Kit!
Is There A Difference Between Fresh and Dried Black-eyed Peas?
Good catch! There sure is. The thing is that you can usually only get fresh black-eyed peas around the New Year. Well, that’s true in the southern US at least.
If you have fresh you will use less water and they will cook much faster. I recommend cooking them on the stove unless you want extra, extra creamy black-eyed peas for New Year’s Day.
Slow Cooker Black-eyed Peas
- 1 pound dry black-eyed peas
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 3 bay leaves
- 6 cups of water or enough to cover the beans and about 1 inch above
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1/2 teaspoon jalapeño powder
- hot pepper powder chipotle etc., to taste
- smoked salt and pepper taste
- Tabasco on the side for serving
- In the morning: Add everything except salt and pepper to your 4 to 5 quart slow cooker. Cook on low 7 to 9 hours.
- Before serving: Taste and adjust seasonings if needed and add salt and pepper.