Course Entrees
Difficulty Easy
Pulse Type Beans
Specialty Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Nutrition 1/2 cup serving
Recipe Contributed By Well Plated

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Hoppin' John

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


  • 2 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 large bell pepper, green; diced
  • 1 large bell pepper, red; diced
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 4 medium carrot, peeled and diced
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp paprika, smoked
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt, kosher
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, plus additional to taste
  • 1 small bunch kale, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 15 oz can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14 oz can tomatoes, fire-roasted, diced
  • rice, brown, prepared, for serving
  • green onions, Chopped; optional for serving


  • Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the red and green bell peppers, celery, carrots, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 8 minutes.
  • Stir in the smoked paprika, chili powder, salt, and cayenne. Cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Working in small handfuls, stir in the kale, stirring after each addition to let it wilt slightly before adding another handful. Cook and stir until you can fit all of the kale in the pot.
  • Add the black-eyed peas and tomatoes with their juices. Stir and continue to cook until heated through, about 2 additional minutes. Taste and add additional salt or spices as desired. Serve hot with rice and a sprinkle of green onion.