Hoppin' John Recipe January 06 2022

Hoppin' John is a Southern New Year's tradition, believed to bring good luck all year if served on New Year's Day.

Here's our family's easy recipe:

Hoppin' John

Serves 6 to 8


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbs. vegetable oil (or may use bacon drippings)
  • 1/2 pound of ham (or bacon), cut into bits
  • 2-3 cans of black-eyed peas
  • 1-2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp.salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • steamed/cooked white or brown rice
  • hot pepper sauce (optional)
  • sliced green onion for garnish

Saute' onion, bell pepper and garlic in oil (or bacon drippings). Add the ham or bacon and continue sautéing for a few minutes then add all other ingredients. Simmer about 30 minutes or until tender, then serve over warm rice with a dash of hot pepper sauce and a garnish of green onions.

We wish you and yours a happy, healthy and lucky 2022!
The Ritchies