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Vegan Black-Eyed Peas Recipe

Looking for an easy vegan black-eyed peas recipe for New Year’s Day? This dairy-free, vegetarian black-eyed peas recipe is so easy to make.
Perfect for New Year’s Day, this black-eyed peas dish can be eaten like a stew or served over couscous, rice or dairy-free baked polenta. Another dish made popular in the American South, called Hoppin’ John joins black-eyed peas with rice and pork.
Eating black-eyed peas are a New Year’s Day tradition that is said to bring you luck in the New Year. You may have heard about its ties to the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, but it turns out the practice dates back to Ancient Egypt. In the United States, many southerners know that black-eyed peas were considered animal food. It was also said to be the only food available to newly freed slaves after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect on New Year’s Day in 1863. There’s also a story about Union soldiers leaving behind the food after pillaging a Confederate camp. The blunder allowed the Confederates to survive winter. All items should be organic when possible.
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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Main Ingredient: Beans

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 2 hr

Total Time: 2 hr 10 min

Yield: 8-12 servings



  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cups finely chopped onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 15-ounce can low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 4 cups dry black-eyed peas
  • 5 cups water plus more, if needed
  • 2 15-ounce cans whole tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over high heat.
  2. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until onions are translucent and fragrant.
  3. Add the vegetable stock, black-eyed peas, water, tomatoes, tomato paste and brown sugar, and bring to a boil.
  4. Turn down the heat to low and simmer for 2 hours, adding more water as necessary, or until the peas are tender.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Amount Per Serving (12)

  • Calories: 106
  • Protein: 4.6 g
  • Sugar: 9.2 g
  • Carbohydrate: 17.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 107.8 mg
  • Fiber: 4.5 g

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