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Tex-Mex black-eyed peas are a fresh take on a New Year's tradition

Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic ea...

Take your black-eyed peas from boring to bodacious with flavorful Tex-Mex ingredients

When I was growing up, my family always enjoyed the traditional News Year's dishes. My mom always rang in the new year with a huge pot of black-eyed peas. As much as I adore Mom's recipe, I wanted to add a tasty twist to my black-eyed peas and incorporate Mexican flavors.
Take your black-eyed peas from boring to bodacious with flavorful Tex-Mex ingredients
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So I'll be making mine a bit nontraditional this New Year's by giving them tasty Tex-Mex flavor. They're simmered in tomatoes, taco seasonings and herbs and served over rice with a sprinkle of cheese.

What's even better is that these cook up effortlessly in the slow cooker.

Take your black-eyed peas from boring to bodacious with flavorful Tex-Mex ingredients
Image: Brandi Bidot/SheKnows

Slow cooker Tex-Mex black-eyed peas recipe

Serves 8

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 6 hours | Total time: 6 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 vegetable bullion cube
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For serving

  • Steamed white or brown rice
  • Shredded cheese
  • Fresh cilantro

Directions:

  1. Sort and rinse the dried black-eyed peas.
  2. To the bowl of the slow cooker, add the black-eyed peas and remaining ingredients.
  3. Mix, and cover the cooker with the lid.
  4. Set the slow cooker on low, and cook 6 hours or until the beans are very tender.
  5. Serve warm over steamed rice, and garnish with cheese and fresh cilantro.
Take your black-eyed peas from boring to bodacious with flavorful Tex-Mex ingredients
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