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3.67 from 3 votes

Hoppin John

Each poor, be rich in the New Year with this classic Southern Lowcountry rice and beans dish: Hoppin John.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 381kcal
Author: Basil and Bubbly


  • 1 cup Red Peas soaked overnight or quick soaked
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 small yellow onion diced ( about 3/4 cup diced onion )
  • 1 rib celery quartered
  • 1 carrot quartered
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • 4 strips thick cut bacon sliced into 1/4" pieces


  • In a large stockpot set over medium heat, cook the bacon pieces for 5 minutes.
  • Add the diced onion and cook for about 8 minutes, or until the onion softens.
  • Stir in the carrot, celery, and garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the red peas, broth, and bay leaf to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and let simmer uncovered for one hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Now, mash up about 1/3rd of the beans in the pot. You can remove 1/3rd of the beans with about 1/3rd of the liquid with a ladle and blend them in the blender, or you can put your stick blender directly into the pot and blend until about 1/3rd of the beans are blended into the pot. The latter is my preference.


Serve over rice, with a side of corn bread and collards


Calories: 381kcal