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Cottoneyed Peas Recipe
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Cottoneyed Peas

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"Years ago a friend gave me her black-eyed pea recipe that was not your usual black-eyed peas. She called them Cottoneyed Peas. It was a spicy and warm welcome into the New Year. I now get requests for it all the time. You can make it as spicy as you like or, if you don't like spicy, use the peas without jalapeno."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr


  1. Brown the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crispy; drain, crumble, and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the canned black-eyed peas, canned tomatoes, onion, celery, garlic, and jalapeno peppers. Cook over medium heat until the celery and onion are tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add crumbled bacon before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 12, 2008

Very good, but I found that it woks a little better if you saute the onion, garlic and celery in a little butter first -then add the remaining ingredients. This was a big hit !

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 11, 2010

These were okay. My husband liked them, but I did use onion powder and celery seed hoping others would eat it; otherwise, they would be pretty chunky with all the veggies. They were vinegary, probably from the rotel, but are a good chance of pace.

Jan 02, 2008

I made this for our family's New Years dinner and it got RAVE reviews!!! It's the best way to serve black-eyed peas I have ever found! My mom was a little apprehensive because I didn't make the peas from "scratch" but changed her mind immediately after she tasted them. I used canned "seasoned" black-eyed peas and Hormel bacon bits instead of cooking bacon but it was fantastic! Definitely a keeper! It was SO easy too. I will make them for the next time I have to take a side dish to any event!

Dec 29, 2007

Finally a black eyed peas recipe with celery..This is the way I make them quickly (like for a week night dinner side). The peppers add just the right amount of KICK. Thanks a bunch!!

Dec 30, 2008

With the exception of the jalapeno this is the way we have always dressed up our black eyed peas. You can use fresh, dried, canned or frozen peas and it still taste great. I always cook my bacon, pour some of the bacon fat from the skillet and saute the celery & onions in the remaining bacon fat. I then add to the pot of peas that are cooking. We love it hot and spicy but, since there are still some little ones eating we serve the jalapeno on the side. Great recipe, thanks!!

May 04, 2009

I made a double recipe of this for a big party and everyone RAVED about it!! I adjusted for personal taste: more garlic, less tomatoes, added a small can of diced green chilis, some diced red bell pepper, and diced ham. For simplicity, I tossed everything in a crock pot and let it cook for several hours so the flavors would mingle. I served it right in the crock pot. SUPER EASY and delicious! Definitely a recipe to add to our favorites ... Thanks!

Jul 01, 2008

I'm not a big fan of black eyed peas but doctored up like this they were fantastic!!! The bacon really gave a great flavor to the dish. Thanks!!!

Jan 01, 2009

I made this today for New Years Day & it is delicious! I used 4 cans of blackeyed peas, 2 plain & 2 with peppers in them. Otherwise, I followed the recipe. A dollop of sour cream was optional. I'll make this more than one time a year.


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  • Calories
  • 117 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.7 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 2.6 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 4.1 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 7.2 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 572 mg
  • 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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