Crock Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup
Eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day is a southern tradition. It is thought to bring prosperity in the new year. One legend associating black eyed peas with good luck goes back to Civil War times. Sherman’s army had pillaged the food supplies of southerners on his March to the Sea. However the army left the peas along with pork believing they were animal food. Southerners considered themselves lucky to be left with food to help them make it through the winter. This recipe for Crock Pot Black Eyed Pea Soup is a great way to add the peas to your menu for New Year’s Day. Serve along with cornbread (which symbolizes gold) for a hearty meal! Click here to read more about the tradition. Happy New Year!
- 1 pound black eyed peas
- 1 can tomatoes with green chiles
- 1 can petite diced tomatoes
- 6 slices bacon
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 medium potatoes, cubed
- 1 cup chopped ham
- salt and pepper to taste
- Presoak beans either overnight or with a quick soak.
- Cook bacon then break into small pieces. Use bacon drippings to saute onions and potatoes.
- Add all the ingredients to the crock pot including salt and pepper to taste. Then add enough water to cover all the ingredients. Mix well.
- Cook on low for 8 - 10 hours.