Vegetarian Hoppin' John

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Recipe Ingredients

1 pound dried black eye peas

2 quarts plus 3 cups water

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 (7 ounce) can diced green chiles

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 dried or canned chipotle chile

1/2 cup brown rice

3 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped

Salt to taste


Rinse and sort through peas.

In a deep pot, bring 2 quarts water to boil over high heat. Add peas. Let water return to boil; then boil uncovered for 2 minutes.

Remove pan from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour.

Drain and rinse peas, discarding cooking water.

In slow cooker, combine onion, garlic, green chiles, cumin pepper, baking soda and chipotle chile. Stir in peas; pour in remaining 3 cups water.

Cover and cook on LOW until peas are tender to bite (9 to 10 hours).

Remove and discard chipotle chile; stir in rice and tomatoes.

Increase heat to HIGH; cover and cook until rice is tender (45 to 55 minutes more).

Season to taste with salt.