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Sandra Gutierrez ' Hoppin' John 

Serves 6
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: hoppin john, new years' day, peas
Servings: 6
Author: Virginia Willis


  • ¼ pound bacon or smoked ham
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • ½ large green bell pepper cored, seeded and finely chopped (about ½ cup)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • ½ pound cooked black-eyed or cowpeas or red peas (about 1½ cups)
  • 2 cups water
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Place the bacon in a 3-½ to 4-quart Dutch oven, set over medium-high heat. Cook until the bacon renders and begins to brown and get crispy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onion and bell pepper; cook until they begin to soften, about 2-½ to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant or about 30 seconds. Add the rice and stir well to coat all the grains with oil, about 30 seconds. Add the water and stir the brown bits at the bottom of the pan. Add the peas, salt, cayenne, and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil; cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer the rice for 20 to 25 minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed.