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Slow Cooked Vegetarian Black-Eyed Peas

Cook in a slow cooker or on the stove top unsoaked or soaked, Slow Cooked Vegetarian Black-Eyed Peas are not just for new years. Black-eyed peas make a healthy stand alone meal or can become a part of other delicious recipes! This recipe is vegan and easily gluten free.
Age of the black-eyed peas and variations in slow cooker temperature will effect how long the beans need to cook before they're done. The peas are ready when they're tender yet not mushy. 
Course Component, Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Black Eyed Peas Crock Pot, Healthy Black Eyed Peas, How to Make Black Eyed Peas, Slow Cooked Black Eyed Peas, Slow Cooker Black Eyed Peas, Vegan Black Eyed Peas, Vegetarian Black Eyed Peas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Slow Cooker (unsoaked) 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 50 minutes
Servings 6 Cups (1630g)
Calories 288kcal
Author Traci York | Vanilla And Bean

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ C (270g) Dry Black Eyed Peas
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic minced
  • 1 C (140g) Purple/Red Onion medium dice, about one small onion
  • ½ C (70g) Red Bell Pepper small dice, about 1/2 a medium bell
  • ½ C (70g) Green Bell Pepper small dice, about 1/2 a medium bell
  • 2 tsp Tabasco
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Liquid Smoke gluten free if needed
  • 1 tsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Bayleaf
  • 5 C (1.1kg) Vegetable Broth 4 C (880g) if using soaked peas (a combination of 1/2 broth and 1/2 water can be used)
  • ¼ C (6g) Chopped Parsley for Garnish

Instructions

  • Decide on cooking method (crock pot or stove top) and if you'll soak the peas or not. Soaking isn't necessary, but If soaking, soak overnight in enough water to cover the peas by about four inches (1.5cm). Rinse and drain the peas before cooking. Soaking reduces the cook time only slightly.
  • To Cook the Peas
    Measure, rinse and sort through the peas making sure they are free of stones and dirt. Choose method A or B to cook the peas.
    A. For the Crock Pot: Add the garlic, onion, bell pepper, Tabasco, salt, liquid smoke, mustard, bayleaf and veggie broth (5 cups of broth/water if using unsoaked peas, 4 cups if using soaked peas) to the slow cooker. Give the ingredients a stir, place the lid on the slow cooker.
    Unsoaked Peas: Cook on high for about 4 -5 hours or low for about 6-7 hours.
    Soaked Peas: Cook on high for about 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 hours or low for about 5 1/2 - 6 1/2 hours.
    B. For the Stove Top: In a medium saucepot or Dutch oven, add the black eyed peas, garlic, onion, bell pepper, Tabasco, salt, liquid smoke, mustard, bayleaf and veggie broth (5 cups of broth/water if using unsoaked peas, 4 cups if using soaked peas) . Bring to a boil, turn down to low or to a low simmer and cook for 45 minutes to one hour, uncovered. If the peas start drying out add more broth/water as needed. Soaked peas take just a little bit less time than unsoaked peas to cook.
  • Age of beans and variations in slow cooker temperature will effect how long the beans need to cook before they're done. Start checking the peas before indicated cooking times are complete. Taste the beans for texture. The beans are ready when they're tender, still have a tooth yet are not mushy. 
    Taste for salt adjustment.
  • Serve the peas with or without their broth, garnish with parsley. Peas can also be served as a soup. Simply puree about 2-3 cups in a blender and return the puree' to soup pot with the remaining whole peas. Stir and ladle into soup bowls.
  • Store in a lidded container in the refrigerator for up to three days or in the freezer for up to two weeks. 

Notes

Age of the black-eyed peas and variations in slow cooker temperature will effect how long the beans need to cook before they're done. The peas are ready when they're tender yet not mushy. 
These peas freeze well and can be used in other recipes.

Nutrition

Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1496mg | Potassium: 1015mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2364IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 7mg