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Black-Eyed Peas with Pork

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A bowl of black-eyed peas with crispy bacon and melt-in-your-mouth pork

This protein-rich dish cooks up in a couple hours, but you'll swear it was cooking all day because of how the pork falls apart in the most delicious way into the creamy beans. Rich, hearty and comforting, this dish delivers all you expect from a baked bean.

*Soaking Time: Overnight*

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook time: 2 1/2 hrs

Yield: 6-8 Servings


  • 1 lb dried black-eyed peas *Soak Overnight*

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 lb pork stewing beef or pork shoulder roast cut into cubes

  • 4 strips thick cut bacon, diced

  • 1 medium onion

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper powder

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 4 cup chicken stock

  • 2 cup water

  • 2 bay leaves


  1. The day before you plan to make this, place the black-eyed peas into a large bowl. Fill the bowl with cold water so that the water is about 2-inches above the beans. Let sit overnight on the counter & check that the beans remain submerged. Add extra cold water if needed.

  2. Heat a large soup pot over medium high heat. Add olive oil when the pot is hot. Then add in the diced stewing pork. Stir it around the pot until browned on all sides.

  3. Add the diced bacon, onion and garlic to the pot. Cook and stir until the onion become translucent and soft.

  4. Then add the salt, pepper, cayenne and garlic powder. Stir in the spices until all the meat is evenly covered.

  5. Add in the broth, water and bay leaves. Bring to boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. Simmer for about 30min or until the stewing pork begins to break down when pressed to the side of the pot with a wooden spoon.

  6. When the pork has softened, drain and rinse the black-eyed peas that have been soaking overnight, and then add them into the pot. Bring to boil and then reduce to simmer. Simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hrs or until the peas are soft on the inside but not completely mushy.

Zhuzh it up!

  • If you've got leftover pork from making Carnitas, this is a great recipe to use it in, substitute it for the stewing pork and omit step 5 and move right on the step 6!

  • Make this dish extra creamy by removing 1 cup of peas at the end, blending them up with some of the liquid, and then stirring the blended peas back into the pot.

This amazing recipe was inspired by the Black-eyed Peas with Bacon and Pork from the Food Network


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