Slow Simmered Black Eyed Peas and Greens

$6.96 recipe / $1.39 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
4.87 from 29 votes
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Oh, January. You fill me with such conflicting emotions. It’s so cold and grey outside, so I want to eat nothing but comfort foods, yet my brain is screaming, “New year, new you!” Haha! I want to eat healthy, but I also want something that will make me feel warm and full. These Slow Simmered Black Eyed Peas and Greens did both. #win

Big pot of warm and comforting Slow Simmered Black Eyed Peas with Greens

Total Comfort Food

There’s something ultra comforting about having a pot of savory goodness simmering on the stove all afternoon. So even before I got to dive into a bowl of these slow simmered black eyed peas this afternoon I was feeling extra cozy, despite the grey drizzle outside my window. These peas are an all day event, so make a big pot of them on the weekend as you take care of your chores, lounge in your PJs, or just hang out with your loved ones, and you’ll not only be making yummy food for the week, but cozy memories of “home” on cold winter days.

Goes great with No Knead Bread.

How to Serve Your Black Eyed Peas with Greens

You can serve these slow simmered black eyed peas and greens almost like a thick soup with a piece of crusty bread for dipping, or with some cooked rice scooped into the same bowl to soak up all the delicious liquid. Or, keep it simple and just crumble some salting crackers into your bowl. This is easy food. No rules.

What Kind of Greens to Use

I used mustard green as the “greens” in this dish because that’s what was available at the store, but you could use just about any hearty green, like collard greens or kale. You could use spinach, if you prefer, but definitely wait to stir them in at the end because they are much more delicate and don’t need to simmer to soften.

Can I Use Canned Peas?

The recipe below is written for using dry beans, which require a lot more liquid and a much longer cooking time than canned peas. BUT, I know a lot of people don’t have the amount of time needed to dedicate to dry beans, so I also have a “quickie” version of this recipe that uses canned black eyed peas. Check out my Quickie Black Eyes Peas and Greens recipe for instructions.

A large bowl of Slow Simmered Black Eyed Peas with Greens, served with rice.
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Slow Simmered Black Eye Peas and Greens

4.87 from 29 votes
Slow Simmered Black Eyed Peas and Greens is a great cold weather comfort food that is as healthy as it is delicious! Vegan comfort food at its best! 
Slow Simmered Black Eyed Peas and Greens is a great cold weather comfort food that is as healthy as it is delicious!
Servings 5 2 cups each
Prep 8 hours
Cook 2 hours
Total 10 hours


  • 1 lb. black eyed peas (dry) ($1.69)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.26)
  • 1 onion ($0.32)
  • 3 cloves garlic ($0.24)
  • 1/2 bunch celery ($0.70)
  • 1 tsp oregano ($0.10)
  • 1/2 Tbsp smoked paprika ($0.15)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper ($0.02)
  • Freshly cracked pepper ($0.05)
  • 1 bay leaf ($0.15)
  • 6 cups vegetable broth ($1.28)
  • 12 oz. fresh greens* ($2.00)


  • The night before, place the black eyed peas in a large bowl or container and fill with cool water (there should be at least three times as much water as peas). Allow the peas to soak overnight in the refrigerator.
  • When you’re ready to begin cooking, add the olive oil to a large pot. Dice the onion, mince the garlic, and slice the celery. Add the onion, garlic, and celery to the pot and sauté over medium heat until the onions are transparent. 
  • Drain the soaked peas in a colander and rinse them with cool water. Add the rinsed peas to the pot with the vegetables. Also add the oregano, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, some freshly cracked pepper (about 20 cranks of a pepper mill), bay leaf, and vegetable broth. Stir to combine.
  • Add a lid to the pot, turn the heat up to high, and bring the pot to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low, and allow it to simmer for 1 hour.
  • After one hour of simmering, the black eyed peas should be tender. Add the greens to the pot and stir them in until wilted. Smash some of the peas against the side of the pot as you stir to help thicken the liquid. 
  • Turn the heat up to medium to bring the pot back up to a simmer, and allow the peas and greens to simmer for 30 minutes more, without a lid. After simmering for 30 minutes, the greens should be tender and the peas should have broken down further and thickened the liquid even more. Taste the peas and add salt to your liking (I added about 3/4 tsp, but the amount needed will depend on the salt content of your vegetable broth). Serve with crusty bread or over rice.

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*I used bagged pre-chopped mustard greens, but you can use other hearty greens like collard greens or kale. If using greens in a bunch, remove the stems and chop the leaves into 1 to 2-inch pieces.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 411.8kcalCarbohydrates: 66.9gProtein: 24.72gFat: 7.58gSodium: 1081.62mgFiber: 13.02g
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A ladle full of Slow Simmered Black Eyed Peas with Greens

How to Make Black Eyed Peas and Greens – Step by Step Photos

Soaked Black Eyed Peas

Begin the night before by placing 1 lb. black eyed peas (dry, uncooked) in a large bowl or container and filling it with cool water. You’ll want at least three times as much water as peas because they’ll soak up quite a bit! Soak the peas in the refrigerator overnight. This photo is after they had soaked overnight.

Sautéed Onion Garlic and Celery

The next day when you’re ready to start cooking, dice an onion, mince about 3 cloves of garlic, and slice half a bunch of celery. Add them to a large pot with 2 Tbsp olive oil and sauté over medium heat until the onions are soft and transparent. 

Black Eyed Peas and Spices

Drain and rinse the soaked peas in a colander, then add them to the pot. Also add 1/2 Tbsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp oregano, 1/4 tsp cayenne, some freshly cracked pepper (about 20 cranks of a pepper mill), and one bay leaf.

Add Vegetable Broth to Black Eyed Peas

Finally, add 6 cups of vegetable broth and stir everything to combine. 

Simmered Black Eyed Peas

Place a lid on the pot, turn the heat up to high, and let it come to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low, and let it simmer on low for one hour. After one hour it will look a little something like the photo above and the peas should be tender.

Bag of Mustard Greens

Now it’s time to add the greens! I used these bagged, pre-chopped mustard greens because they’re super easy and still very inexpensive. I ended up using about 3/4 of this bag, but you could totally use the whole thing if you prefer. This part is very flexible. You could also use collard greens or kale if you prefer.

Add Mustard Greens to Black Eyed Peas

Stir the greens into the peas until they are wilted. As you stir, smash some of the peas against the side of the pot to help thicken the liquid. Then, turn the heat under the pot up to medium and let it come back up to a simmer. 

Simmered and Smashed Black Eyed Peas and Greens

Let the peas and greens simmer, without a lid, for 3o more minutes. This helps break down the peas more and thicken the liquid, and tenderizes the greens. If you’re using an even heartier green, you may want to simmer even just a bit longer to get the greens to the texture you like. And then the pot is thick and glorious like this. Give it a taste and add salt as needed, which will help make the flavors pop. I added about 3/4 tsp, but it will depend on the salt content of the broth you used.

A bowl full of Slow Simmered Black Eyed Peas with greens, served with crusty bread.

Serve your cozy Slow Simmered Black Eyed Peas and Greens with some crusty bread, or ladled over rice. 

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  1. A good and flexible recipe. I used water (ran out of broth) and needed nearly 2 tsp salt. For the greens, I tried a 15 oz bag of frozen, chopped turnip greens, which worked well and were very convenient. Next time, I’ll try adding sliced carrots with the greens. Thanks for another winner, Beth.

  2. Hi there, 

    Can I use a regular baking dish for the sweet potato bread? I don’t own a cast iron pan … Thanks

  3. HI Beth, making this a second time since I love it so much but I was wondering what do you think about adding a quart of canned tomatoes?

    1. Sometimes acidic ingredients can make beans tough, so I’d add them later after the peas have softened. Otherwise I think the flavor would be fine, although I probably wouldn’t use a whole quart. Maybe half that.

  4. Hey Beth – how would this recipe change if I were using frozen black eyed peas? Love your blog!

    1. It probably would change, yes. Frozen black eyed peas are usually fresh instead of dried, so they don’t take as long to cook (more like 15 minutes instead of hours) and they will not absorb as much liquid. So it might be kind of tricky to make that substitution. I don’t think I could offer specific instructions without testing it out.

  5. My dad always eats black-eyed peas on New Year’s and described them to me as “not exactly a flavor sensation,” so I was a little cautious about this recipe. But it turned out spectacularly for me! I used vegetarian “chicken” broth, a pretty heavy hand on the cayenne in particular, and added a little lemon juice and mustard at the end as other commenters suggested. It pairs beautifully with some bread drizzled with a little more olive oil. Thanks again for another great dinner!

    1. I think that would probably work. :) I don’t have specific instructions though, since I haven’t tried it.

  6. I made this for the second time yesterday, and I made small some alterations that really made it pop for me.

    For the greens, I used one bunch of Swiss chard. The salty flavor from the chard was enough that I didn’t have to add any salt to taste. I also did 30 cranks of pepper instead of 20.

    Thank you for this killer recipe, this is one of the tastiest things I’ve ever made.

  7. This is probably the first bean soup I’ve ever made that actually made my stomach feel full for hours – usually I’m hungry after a little while, even when I serve it with some bread. But this was so thick and comforting – I added kale and carrots from the farmer’s market and made some onion focaccia to go with. Made a huge pot that fed me for days, stashed a few servings in the freezer, and packed some up to take to Thanksgiving dinner. A perfect winter meal!

  8. I have been reading your blog for years and love it. I made this soup yesterday on a whim since I was working from home. It is delicious. I added a ham hock when I added the beans since I had one in the freezer. Man was this filling and delicious. I served it with cheddar corn bread muffins. The sweetness of the corn really went well with this soup. Oh and I added carrots. It made so much and is so filling that we are feeding my in-laws with it since I literally have no room in my freezer for more soup.

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