Hoppin’ Johns

A traditional recipe for Hoppin’ Johns – a New Year’s Day staple for good luck in the New Year, including pork, black eyed peas and rice.

Hoppin’ Johns

A very Happy New Year to you!

You know I love a good tradition so here on January 1st I’m celebrating this Southern dish, strangely called Hoppin’ Johns. A dish that dates back to the mid 1800’s and originates in the low country of South Carolina, this is about as traditional as they come.

Hoppin’ Johns : a New Year’s Day Tradition

You may have seen my roundup post for New Year’s Traditions Foods that includes a roundup of all the foods you’ll want to ensure you take part in on New Year’s Day. Hoppin’ Johns is one of them! As the tradition goes, I hope you’ve gotten in your collard greens, black-eyed peas + cornbread  for all the good luck + good fortune that can come your way this year. Below I’m sharing a recipe from my friends over at Dixie Lily from a fun styled shoot I did with them last year.

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Hoppin’ Johns

  • Author: Heirloomed Collection


This traditional dish is warm and hearty and makes a great addition to your New Year’s plate.


  • 1 cup dry blackeyes*
  • 4 thick slices bacon, cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1⁄2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Generous dash each hot red pepper and black pepper
  • 3 cups cooked rice


  1. Soak black eyed peas by preferred method. Rinse and drain black eyes thoroughly.
  2. Cook bacon in heavy saucepan until browned. Add onion, green pepper and garlic. Sauté until onion is tender.
  3. Add beans, 2 cups water and seasonings.
  4. Cover and simmer 40 to 50 minutes or until beans are tender.
  5. Remove bay leaf; stir in rice.
  6. Continue simmering about 10 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. As an alternative, beans may be served over rice.
  7. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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