I love the southern tradition of eating Hoppin John on New Year’s Day! It’s thought to bring a prosperous year filled with luck, and I’ll happily accept all the good luck I can get.
You can make your Hoppin John recipe with dried or canned black-eyed peas, but since canned foods make homemade easy (yay!) and I’m a little worn out from a month of Christmas baking, I’m taking the quick and easy route for this absolutely delicious Hoppin John recipe.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ green pepper, diced
- ½ red pepper, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- ½ small onion, diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper,diced
- 3 (15.5oz cans) black-eyed peas, drained
- 1½ (14.5oz cans) chicken broth
- 8 oz diced ham
- 1 (14.5oz can) diced tomatoes
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp ground red pepper
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 4 cups rice
- Saute bell peppers and celery in butter for 3 minutes. Add onion and jalapeno; saute another minute.
- Stir in black-eyed peas, chicken broth, diced ham, canned diced tomatoes, garlic powder, salt, black pepper and ground red pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and let simmer for 45 minutes, covered.
- Stir in vinegar.
- Serve over rice.
One thing I love about this recipe is that it tastes even better the next day, so feel free to make it ahead of time and serve it on New Year’s Day! Of course, there’s no rule saying you can’t enjoy it year-round either, especially since the fresh and canned ingredients are easy to find. I always have a well-stocked “cantry”, so spur of the moment cooking is easy!
#CansGetYouCooking Fun Facts
— Cans seal in foods’ freshness, flavor and nutrition, so they can be served anytime with confidence. (According to a UC Davis study, many canned fruits and veggies have equal or more nutrients than their fresh or frozen counterparts.
— People who eat canned foods have higher Healthy Eating Index (HEI) scores. They’re also more likely to meet or exceed their recommended daily allowance for 17 essential nutrients, and are more likely to consume the food groups highlighted in USDA’s MyPlate healthy eating guidelines.
— Did you know that canned foods help reduce the amount of food we waste? Plus, metal cans are also endless recyclable — they’re the most recycled containers in America today!
Happy New Year!