Southern Style Black Eyed Peas

Southern Style Black Eyed Peas

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Southern Style Black Eyed Peas and Waffle Cornbread are among one of my most favorite dishes to eat. This dish brings back a lot of memories because my mother used to make this at least three times a month while all us kids were growing up. I believe she made them for a couple of reasons, they were very affordable and easy to fix for a large family and the best reason was, they taste amazing! At least to this southern girl and her children.

Related: here’s a delicious homemade Gluten-Free Cornbread Dressing.

Every January 1st we would have Southern Style Black Eyed Peas with Cornbread and greens to start our new year off with lots of good luck. They say if you have these you will bestow upon yourself and anyone else that eats them a year filled with love and luck. I’m not sure what would happen if you didn’t eat them because I haven’t gone a new year without them. It took a while to convince my husband of that (he is from Maine), but once he tasted them all those years ago, he hasn’t missed a year having them either.

Southern Style Black Eyed Peas

Southern Style Black Eyed Peas

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 2 lbs

Serving Size: 1 cup

Southern Style Black Eyed Peas

Southern Style Black Eyed Peas and Waffle Cornbread are a family favorite around here. We love to make up a large batch for family game night and get the fun rolling.


    ~~Black Eyed Peas~~
  • 2 lbs – Dried Black Eyed Peas – rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 1 lb – Salt Pork – score across top - where I come from it’s called fatback
  • 1 large – Sweet Onion - diced
  • 4 cloves - Garlic - minced
  • 1 tsp – Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp – Ground Black Pepper
  • Salt to taste – remember the salt pork has a lot of salt, make sure to taste before adding more
  • 8 cups – Water – you can also use a beef, chicken or veggie stock if you prefer
  • ~~Cornbread Waffles~~
  • 1 cup – Gluten-Free Corn Meal
  • ¾ cup – Gluten-Free Flour – for this recipe I used Bob’s Red Mill’s 1 to 1
  • 1 tbsp. – Sugar or Sweetener of your choice
  • 1 tsp – Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp – Baking Soda
  • Pinch – Sea Salt
  • 1 – Egg – beaten
  • 1 ½ cups – Buttermilk or milk of your choice – my mother always used can milk
  • 2 tbsp. – Jalapeno’s – diced small – optional
  • Waffle Maker
  • Spray Oil


    ~~Black Eyed Peas~~
  1. Combine all ingredients in crockpot and turn on low. Cook for 6 to 8 hours, adding more water if needed.
  2. ~~Cornbread Waffles~~
  3. Heat waffle iron to manufactures directions.
  4. Combine all ingredients and cook in waffle iron until both sides are golden brown. About 3 mins per side.
  5. If you don’t have a waffle iron, pour ingredients into an oiled iron skillet or baking pan of your choice and bake 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown and inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Serve black eyed peas with a side of rice and buttered cornbread.
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The cornbread is one of my favorites as well. I really enjoy making it in a waffle because I think they’re really cute served this way. Oh, and I also will add hot peppers to the batter before making them to give them that extra added kick that I love. When I make these delicious Black Eyed Peas and Waffle Cornbread I have to make enough to deliver to our adult children as well. My daughter Sylvia is at the top of the list, she is addicted to this dish and if I forget to give her some, she is not a happy camper.  So, I always put aside a few bowls just for her to take home.

These Southern Style Black Eyed Peas and Waffle Cornbread is a wonderful tradition to start with your family and friends. Cook up a double batch and have everyone over for game night at your house! We love to get everyone together for a night of fun and our favorite game (for now) is called “Watch Ya Mouth”, it’s hilarious. I’ve left a link at the bottom if you’re interested in checking it out. Be prepared, it’s going to be an evening of great food, lots of side splitting laughter and most of all a ton of fun.

From my kitchen to yours,

Tina Marie


Want to try another family tradition? Try my Chicken and Waffles.

You can check out one of our favorite games on Amazon “Watch Ya Mouth“. We are in no way affiliated with this company, it’s truly a fun game.

Have you ever tried Southern Style Black Eyed Peas?

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