Hoppin’ John is a dish traditionally served on New Year’s Day to bring good luck in the year ahead. This spicy version is a blend of several different recipes we have tried and adapted over the years. It’s big on flavor and a hearty dish for a cold winter’s day.
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups long grain rice
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1.5 cups)
- 1/2-1 tsp red pepper flakes (to taste)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (if Cajun seasoning is not spicy)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2-3 stalks celery, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 green pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp Frank’s Hot Sauce (or your favorite brand), plus more for serving
- 2 (15 ounce) cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup water
Rice: Bring water and rice to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit, covered and undisturbed until serving.
Beans: While the rice is cooking, start the beans. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute for about 5 minutes.
Add the bay leaves and red pepper flakes and continue cooking until the onion is golden and slightly brown at the edges, another 5 minutes or so.
Add the celery and green pepper, stirring well to incorporate. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust heat as needed to prevent scorching.
Add the garlic and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
Mix in the Cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper (if using) and salt and continue cooking for a minute, stirring.
Stir the tomato paste into the vegetables and cook another 3 minutes, stirring.
Add the diced tomatoes, stir well, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, until the vegetables are tender but still have a little crunch. They should be softened but not mushy.
Stir in the black-eyed peas and water and cook until everything is hot.
Uncover the rice and fluff with a fork.
Add rice to shallow bowls and top with Hoppin’ John. Adorn with Frank’s Hot Sauce and enjoy!