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How to Cook Canned Black Eyed Peas

Here's a great little recipe for how to cook canned black eyed peas! 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black eyed peas, canned black eyed peas,
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 151kcal


  • 1 slice of thick cut bacon cut into 5 pieces (regular if you don’t have thick)
  • 1 14.5 oz can black eyed peas drained
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 1/2 tsp granulated white sugar
  • ½ tsp vinegar white or cider
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • In a medium sized saucepan, cook the pieces bacon over medium heat until crispy.
  • When bacon is crispy, add the drained peas, water, butter, garlic and onion powders, cayenne pepper (if you like a tiny bit of spice), sugar and the vinegar.  Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stir frequently until heated through and the water begins to boil (a couple of minutes).  Serve hot.



  • Make sure to drain the canned peas well, you could use this water, but it doesn’t taste very good.
  • This recipe only serves 2 people, so if you are having more, you can double, triple or increase the recipe to any size you want, just make sure to add the spices at the increased amount too.
  • This recipe is excellent with greens and cornbread!  According to Southern legend it brings luck and prosperity too!  It's worth a try! At least it brings fiber for sure!


Calories: 151kcal