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Black-Eyed Pea Chili Recipe

Black-eyed pea what?! Don’t judge it until you try it. Sometimes you are in the mood for chili and you don’t have any beans. It happens. After a little rummaging through the pantry, we thought peas would be a better addition to this chili recipe than Spaghetti-O’s.  Thus, our Black-eyed Pea Chili Recipe was born. Our recipe is easily adapted to what you have on hand, but we’ve gotta say…this version is pretty dang delicious.

This Black-Eyed Pea Chili Recipe is just as awesome as you think.

Black-eyed peas have a unique earthy flavor, and bring a new flavor to a classic chili recipe.

We cooked black-eyed peas from dry using our slow cooker method with a shorter cooking time, but feel free to use canned or frozen. (If using canned, rinse them first.)

 

A spicy classic with a Southern twist. Our Black Eyed Pea Chili recipe is amazing. Earthy flavor with a kick. (Serve with cornbread.)

 

In a large pot or dutch oven, get a really good sear on your lean ground beef. This makes sure you get the best flavor possible. Then throw in chopped onion, salt and pepper and cook it up.

I have my heart set on this awesome pot from Food 52.

Add the bell pepper (any color is fine). For our Black-eyed Pea Chili, we went with sweet red and yellow bell peppers.

Toss in all the spices, tomatoes, broth, and beer.

(If you like new twists on old favorites, try our Tex-Mex Macaroni skillet recipe.)

 

 

A spicy classic with a Southern twist. Our Black Eyed Pea Chili recipe is amazing. Earthy flavor with a kick. (Serve with cornbread.)

 

(You might have to get sneaky and steal a beer from your husband’s cooler when he isn’t looking. Just a suggestion. Not that I would do anything like that.)

 

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Black-Eyed Pea Chili

 

Dump in your green chiles or TAMED jalapenos, which is what we used. They have a great pickled pepper flavor but very little heat.

We. Love. Chili. Try our Texas Tailgate Chili and Weeknight Baked Bean Chili.

 

A spicy classic with a Southern twist. Our Black Eyed Pea Chili recipe is amazing. Earthy flavor with a kick. (Serve with cornbread.)

 

You can leave these out altogether, but it really does brighten the chili recipe, both in color and flavor.

Pour in your black-eyed peas, stir to combine all the magic ingredients. Looks amazing, doesn’t it?

 

Black-Eyed Pea Chili

 

Heat to a low boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat, simmer, and serve.

We loved our Black-Eyed Pea Chili Recipe with a little cheddar cheese and our Cornbread Recipe #9. Also goes well with Cornbread Recipe #23.

 

A spicy classic with a Southern twist. Our Black Eyed Pea Chili recipe is amazing. Earthy flavor with a kick. (Serve with cornbread.)

 

Love it or hate it? Tell us what you think in comments.

 

 

Black Eye Pea Chili Recipe
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Black-Eyed Pea Chili

Black eyed peas in ...chili? Yep. This classic Southern side dish gets a new spicy spin in this fun and delicious chili recipe.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 312 kcal
Author Buy This Cook That

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  • 2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 4.5 ounces can green chiles undrained or 1/2 cup chopped tamed pickled jalapenos
  • 3 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 28 ounces can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 15 ounces can crushed tomatoes
  • 12 ounces beer
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cups cooked black-eyed peas drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Cook That

  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat oil and garlic until you can smell the garlic and it starts turning brown. Add ground beef and sear until brown.
  2. Add chopped onion, salt and pepper, stir and cook until meat is cooked through and no longer pink. Stir in the bell pepper.
  3. Mix in the chili powder, cumin, paprika, pepper flakes and coriander. Stir in diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, beer and broth. Add the green chiles or jalapenos. Combine, then add the black-eyed peas.
  4. Heat chili to a low boil, stirring frequently. Reduce to a simmer. Cook on low for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve with cornbread and your favorite chili toppings.
Nutrition Facts
Black-Eyed Pea Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 821mg 34%
Potassium 1097mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 8g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 38.1%
Vitamin C 51.1%
Calcium 10.3%
Iron 40.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

A spicy classic with a Southern twist. Our Black Eyed Pea Chili recipe is amazing. Earthy flavor with a kick. (Serve with cornbread.)

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  • Reply
    Stacey Keeling
    May 2, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    This is absolutely something we would love at our house. Pinning to remember. 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri
      May 2, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Thank you! Let us know how you like it.

  • Reply
    Lisa
    September 11, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Stumbled upon your recipe when I wanted to make chili and only had black eyed peas on hand. This chili was amazing! Husband and eight year old ate two huge bowls each! ???? Will be making again soon!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    September 11, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Made this last night, amazing! Husband and eight year old son ate two huge bowls each! Will be making again soon. 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri
      September 11, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      That is great, I am glad you loved it and thank you for taking the time to let me know. (The black eyed peas are surprisingly good!)

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