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Aunt Bee's 5-Minute Hoppin' John

Just like any good Southerner, serve a Lucky New Year's dinner -- complete with pork, greens, and Aunt Bee's 5-Minute Hoppin' John! 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword Hoppin John recipe, New Years Day dinner, Rice And Beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 212.9kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 1 (15.8 ounce) can (about 1 ¾ cups) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 8 ounces bacon (about 8 strips, cooked and diced)
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (add more for a spicier dish, or omit for a mild dish)
  • ½ cup finely-diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 cups cooked rice (I used brown rice, but white rice works fine too!)
  • Optional garnish: fresh parsley; minced bell pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 1 ½ - 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Add all of the ingredients to the prepared dish and stir until completely combined.
  • Cover and bake for about 30 minutes, or until heated through. Garnish with fresh parsley and minced bell pepper; serve.


  • You can cook your own rice and bacon, or you can do what I do and cut down on the prep by taking advantage of Aunt Bee's 5-Minute shortcuts: use Uncle Ben’s microwaveable “Ready Rice” (or any other cooked rice) and use pre-cooked bacon!
  • Use any kind of rice that you like -- brown rice, white rice, or wild rice will all work!
  • Adjust the heat in this dish by increasing (or decreasing) the amount of cayenne that you use. You can omit the seasoning altogether if you're serving children and you prefer a mild dish. Hot sauce is also a great addition!
  • Black-eyed peas are the traditional Hoppin' John beans, but you can substitute with a can of any beans that your family prefers!
  • Vegetarian Hoppin' John: to make this Hoppin' John recipe vegetarian, simply omit the bacon. I think the bacon adds a really great smoky flavor to the dish, so you may want to get creative with some additional spices if you forego the meat. Cumin would be a great addition, or even a few dashes of liquid smoke!


Serving: 1/8 of the recipe | Calories: 212.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 8.5g | Fat: 8.1g | Saturated Fat: 3.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 13.9mg | Sodium: 454.6mg | Fiber: 3.3g | Sugar: 0.5g