Good Luck Hoppin' John


Good Luck Hoppin' John

Good Luck Hoppin John
35 Min

If you want good luck in the New Year, Southerners will tell you that you have to eat a bowl of Hoppin' John on the first day of the year. No one is quite sure how this meal of rice, peas, and ham because associated with New Year's, but by the 20th century everyone knew about it. Our Good Luck Hoppin' John is our version of this traditional favorite! 

What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped cooked ham (about 1/2 pound)
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans black-eyed peas, undrained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 cups hot cooked white rice

What to Do

  1. In a soup pot over medium-high heat, heat oil until hot; cook onion, celery, and garlic 5 minutes until tender.
  2. Add ham, black-eyed peas, tomatoes, broth, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 25 to 30 minutes. Serve mixture over rice.


  • Did you know that it's traditional to serve Hoppin' John with collard greens and corn bread. They are said to symbolize paper money and gold.

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 8

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 329
  • Calories from Fat 34
  • Total Fat 3.8g 6 %
  • Saturated Fat 0.7g 4 %
  • Trans Fat 0.0g 0 %
  • Protein 15g 30 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 10mg 3 %
  • Sodium 1,164mg 49 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 58g 19 %
  • Dietary Fiber 7.7g 31 %
  • Sugars 3.2g 0 %

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I made it. Instead red pepper flakes I used a splash hot sauce and made a little juicer so the rice could more of the flavor. It is very good.

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Why won't it print out directions? .


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