I've eaten Hoppin' John for almost every New Years Day of my life. After introducing it to Daniel, it's a regular meal in our home. We have a simple version that we keep everything on hand for whenever possible. 
Author Ammi Embry
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword comfort foods, southern, traditional
Servings 4 bowls


  • 1 lbs sausage - half hot & half mild [or to taste]
  • 3 cans of black eyed peas - store brands work best b/c they aren’t over-cooked & mushy
  • 1.5 cups cooked rice - or 3/4 cups uncooked rice for slow cooker alternative
  • 1 onion
  • Crushed red pepper - To taste
  • 1-1.5 can of water - one of the empty black eye pea cans, add an extra half a cup for slow cooker alternative


  • Brown sausage
  • Mix sausage & all ingredients OR Mix all ingredients except rice
  • Simmer on low until well heated & all the flavors meld together OR Cook on high in a slow cooker for 4 hours, add uncooked rice 2.5 hours after cooking starts.
  • Enjoy!
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