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

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.

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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.

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Slow cooker Tex-Mex black-eyed peas recipe

Serves 8

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


  • 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


  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.
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