Slow Cooker Black-eyed Peas

This is a great anytime meal, but lends itself well to a Halloween dinner when it's topped with baled grits cut into ghost shapes with sesame seed eyes!

Slow Cooker Black-eyed Peas

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  • 1

    pound dry black-eyed peas

  • 3

    cloves garlic, minced

  • 3

    bay leaves

  • 6

    cups of water, or enough to cover the beans and about 1 inch above

  • 1 to 2

    teaspoons Cajun seasoning, to taste

  • a few drops liquid smoke

  • hot pepper powder (chipotle etc.), to taste

  • smoked salt and pepper, taste

  • jalapeño salt, optional – to taste

  • Tabasco, on the side for serving


This uses a 4 quart slow cooker. If yours is larger you may need to add extra water. In the morning: Add everything except salt and pepper to your slow cooker. Cook on low 7 to 9 hours. Before serving: Taste and adjust seasonings if needed and add salt and pepper. If you can find some jalapeño salt it really adds a special touch to this dish. I dusted it on top of my grit ghosts.


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