Kickin’ Hoppin’ John


We turned this New Year’s Day favorite into an easy one-pot dinner, and gave it an extra kick with Cajun seasoning.

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Kickin’ Hoppin’ John
Serves: 8 Cups
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1½ cups chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 4 cups frozen black-eyed peas
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained
  • 1½ teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • Garnish: sliced green onion
  1. In a large enamel-coated cast-iron Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and garlic; cook until onion starts to brown, about 5 minutes. Add ham hock, peas, stock, tomatoes, Cajun seasoning, salt, and thyme; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 40 minutes.
  2. Remove ham hock; return mixture to a boil. Add rice; reduce heat, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Garnish with green onion, if desired.



  1. Thank you for posting this recipe! I‘ve been trying different Hoppin’ John recipes the last few years, and yours is my favorite by far! It was delicious and dinner ended with full bellies and clean plates to welcome in the New Year. Thanks again!


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