In the South, eating Black Eyed Peas on New Years Day is thought to bring prosperity. Call me superstitious, but I grew up on this tradition and my Mom never missed serving up black eyed peas on New Years Day. So, here I am. 30 years old and I always eat my black eyed peas (and cabbage) to ring in the New Year.
Some of you say YUCK, I hate black eyed peas. I think you’re crazy or you’ve only had ones not prepared well because I freaking love me some black eyed peas. I think this recipes is absolutely delicious and I look forward to serving it up every year! This recipe makes a lot. I always make a ton so that I can spread the love and prosperity to my closest friends by dropping them off a mason jar of this soup. They love it!
So for all of you crazy, superstitious southerners like myself that do this tradition, try my recipe this year!! It’s only yummy, clean ingredients and super delicious! Enjoy!
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 red bell pepper, diced small
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 onion, diced small
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced very small
- 2 cups diced ham
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
- 24oz pre-soaked black eyed peas
- 4 cups kale, removed from stem and loosely chopped
- Heat olive oil in a soup pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
- Add the onion, bell pepper, carrot, garlic, jalapeno and a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute until tender, 5-7 minutes.
- Add in the diced ham (*if using bacon, fry the bacon before you saute the veggies until almost cripsy, then continue with step 1) and saute 2 more minutes.
- Add the black eyed peas, the broth, the bay leaf, chili powder, cumin, a little salt and pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low (or a light simmer) and let simmer, covered, until the peas are very tender, about 1 hour - 1.5 hours.
- When the peas are tender, add in the kale and stir in until wilted down into the soup. Taste the soup and add salt and pepper, if needed.
- Remove the bay leaf. Serve and enjoy!