Texas Style Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo

This recipe is a winter favorite at our house and great for New Year’s Day.  It is a variation of my Mom’s black-eyed peas with some extra “fixins” thrown in.  This one has a kick to it!  A little Texas style spicy flare.  Serve with cornbread and a salad or cabbage and you have a yummy meal.


I can’t wait to serve this to my family on New Year’s Day.  I am also bringing this over to Angie’s, The Novice Gardener and share it with all my friends at Fiesta Friday.  I hope to see you there!

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year!!!


P.S.  I didn’t get a good picture of this before they started eating!

Texas Style Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo

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1 pound dried black-eyed peas

6 cups water

4 chicken bouillon cubes

1/2 pound bacon

1/4 cup butter

1 large onion, chopped

1/2 pound cooked ham, cut into bite size pieces

salt and pepper to taste

1 can diced tomatoes and green chilies

1 can diced tomatoes

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

a dash or two of hot sauce (if you want to kick it up a notch) 😉


Rinse, pick over, and place the peas in a large pot. Cover with several inches of cool water;

let stand 8 hours to overnight.

Pour the water into the pot with peas.  Add the bouillon cubes and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the bouillon. Stir in the peas, reduce heat, and bring to a simmer.

Place the bacon on a microwave safe dish and microwave on high until done.  About a minute per slice depending on your microwave.  Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate.

Crumble the bacon and set aside.

Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat; cook and stir the onions and garlic until tender.  Stir the onions and garlic into the peas; add the crumbled bacon, ham, tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer the peas over low heat for 5 hours, stirring every hour.


24 thoughts on “Texas Style Black-Eyed Pea Gumbo

  1. I love the colours in this, Arl – am planning to make it for a friend for supper tomorrow as I’ll make it ahead and just serve with a salad – bit late for New Year’s Day but what’s a day late between friends!
    Thanks for the idea –
    Happy 2015 to you!
    Emma 🙂


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