Black eyed peas are a versatile and nutritious legume that can be a tasty addition to many meals. While cooking dried black eyed peas from scratch yields the best flavor, using canned black eyed peas can save time and energy. Here is a simple guide on how to cook canned black eyed peas and make them into a delicious side dish or main course

1. How To Cook Canned Black Eyed Peas


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 (15 oz) cans black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 8 ounces thick bacon (diced)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped


Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and bell pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes until softened.

Add the drained black eyed peas, bacon, cumin, oregano, cayenne, paprika and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to coat the peas with the spices.

Pour in the vegetable broth and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook for 5 minutes, allowing the peas to absorb the flavors.

Remove from heat and stir in the apple cider vinegar and chopped cilantro. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

Serve the spicy black eyed peas warm, at room temperature, or chilled. Enjoy on their own or serve over rice or quinoa.

With instructions in this article, canned black eyed peas can transform into a nutritious meal full of texture, flavor, and visual appeal. In less than 30 minutes, you can have a satisfying southern-inspired dish perfect for any meal. Canned black eyed peas provide an easy shortcut while still delivering on nutrition, affordability, and comfort.

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