Hoppin John

Print Recipe
Servings Number 6 people
Prep Time 00h 15
Cooking Time 01h 15
Classic Southern Hoppin' John recipe made with black-eyed peas, smoked bacon & seasonings. Enjoy all year long, not just for luck in the New Year!

Share with your friends

Ingredients and Method


  • 1 Tablespoon salted butter
  • 8 slices Burgers’ Smokehouse bacon, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1½ stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 red bell, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups black eyed peas, soaked
  • 4 large leaves of collard greens, ribboned and ribs removed
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 crushed bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup long-grain rice, rinsed
  • scallions for garnish


  1. Put on a large cast-iron skillet to medium-high heat and melt 1 T. butter. Cook bacon until slightly crispy and browned. With tongs, take out the bacon and remove excess grease, while leaving grease in the pan.
  2. Add in garlic, shallots, and celery to the skillet and cook until the contents are soft.
  3. Add in the jalapeno, bell peppers, and black eyes peas to the pan and sauté for 1 minute.
  4. Add in the collards and mix and cook until wilted.
  5. Add 4 cups of chicken broth, cayenne, paprika, bay leaf, pepper, and salt to the skillet then bring the stew to a simmer and reduce heat to a medium-low temperature. Cover the skillet with a lid and simmer for 30 minutes, until peas are soft.
  6. After the time is up, slowly pour in the rice while mixing into the stew. Reduce heat to the lowest temperature and cover with a lid. Let simmer for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid rice from sticking to the bottom of the skillet.
  7. After the simmer time is done, mix all of the skillet contents, and set to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  8. Top with scallions.