When you want to learn how to cook canned black eyed peas, look no further than this loaded black eyed peas recipe. Bacon and jalapeno and more!
I’ve got nothing against black eyed peas, even canned. I like to use the opportunity to do something different, with more flavor, though.
- How to Get Cheaper Bacon
- What is Another Name for Black Eyed Peas?
- Do I Need to Cook Canned Black Eyed Peas
- Do I Need to Drain Black Eyed Peas
- Can I Use Dry Peas?
For this canned black eyed peas recipe, you’ll only need a few ingredients. I think the best part is the bacon, of course.
In addition to bacon, there is onion and of course, jalapeno. You really don’t need a lot to doctor up canned black eyed peas.
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You can use any brand of canned black eyed peas. I had never heard of this brand but I used it because it was too close to New Year’s Day. The store shelves were pretty bare.
I thought about it at the last minute. Actually, mom reminded me. Same same. Never forget them for New Year’s Day. You’ll have bad luck!
How to Get Cheaper Bacon
Because this recipe uses chopped bacon, there’s really no reason to buy the pretty slices. You can buy bacon pieces, which are considerably less expensive.
I like to bake the entire package of bacon pieces on a large baking sheet in the oven. Once drained and cooled, you can divide it into one-cup portions for the freezer. Super easy!
In a 400℉ oven, you can cook a pound of regular sliced bacon in about 15 minutes. Thick sliced is about 20 minutes.
If you’re using pieces, though, it can take up to 40 minutes, depending on how crispy you want the bacon. In my case, I like it pretty crispy.
What is Another Name for Black Eyed Peas?
You may see these called cowpeas. Although they aren’t actually a cowpea, black eyed peas are “in the family.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Canned Black Eyed Peas are fully cooked. In fact, you don’t want to cook them too much longer or they start becoming mashed beans. Because they’re fully cooked, you could eat them right out of the can, if you wanted. This makes them great for salads. You can use them in casseroles too or maybe a southern style stir fry.
Not only do I think you should drain them, but I also think you should rinse them. Any beans, when you take them out of the can, have a sort of slimy liquid. Maybe it’s just me? I always drain and rinse to get them nice and fresh looking. I don’t think it’s 100% necessary but I think it tastes better and plates better too!
Can I Use Dry Peas?
Yes! Follow the instructions on the package. You’ll need about ¾ cup peas to make the same amount as a can.
Or, you could make the entire bag then freeze them in portions like you did with the bacon.
If you like this recipe, you can try it with any beans. You don’t have to stop with learning how to cook canned black eyed peas. Try it with black beans or pintos. Yum!
Try this Mexican Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe on the side. It’s delicious!
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- 4 ounces Bacon, about 6 slices regular or 4 slices thick sliced, cooked in any manner and broken into pieces
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil, or bacon fat
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 2 Celery Ribs, chopped
- 3 Jalapenos, seeded, membranes removed and chopped
- ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ teaspoon Pepper
- ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 15.5 ounces Black Eyed Peas, canned, any brand
- ½ cup Water
- If you haven't cooked the bacon already, cook it in any manner; i.e. baked, skillet fried, air fried or microwaved. Prepare the vegetables. Open can of black eyed peas, strain into colander and rinse gently with cool water. Set aside.
- In large skillet, heat olive oil (or bacon fat) on medium. Add chopped onion, celery and jalapeno. Saute until onions are transparent, about 6-8 minutes, add seasonings. Omit cayenne if you want to reduce the spicy heat.
- Stir in cooked bacon, black eyed peas and water. Continue cooking until heated through, about 8-10 minutes.
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