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Hoppin' John: A Simple Version

Updated on July 4, 2021

Not Exactly Hoppin' John

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Hoppin' John is a Southern Dish that has many interpretations. (Read about the history of Hoppin' John here: "Who is Hoppin' John?".) The recipe usually has more ingredients than my version here, such as bacon. I guess you can call mine a vegetarian recipe--it has no meat at all. Since all of the traditional ingredients weren't included, I had to name it: "Not Exactly Hoppin' John." I've been known to simply toss some peas & rice together with a little butter and hot sauce and call that Hoppin' John, too, but this one includes a couple of extra ingredients.

"Not Exactly Hoppin' John" is a recipe that's so fast and easy to prepare, you'll blink and it will be done. Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration, but it really is fast. This one was a double victory because the ingredients were leftovers from two other meals: the rice pilaf and the black-eyed peas. It may not have come to fruition at all but we were having a surprise guest for supper and we needed one more side dish for the supper table. This recipe was prepared using leftovers.


  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 1-1 1/2 cups cooked black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1/8 cup onion (small dice)
  • 1/8 cup bell pepper (small dice)
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper, to your taste
  • Two drops, Tabasco Sauce
  1. Saute onion and bell pepper in a 1 quart saucepan until tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add rice, toss until incorporated.
  3. Add peas, toss until incorporated.
  4. Season with salt & pepper and 2 drops of Tabasco Sauce. If you love Tabasco Sauce, use as much as you want.
  5. Enjoy your "Not Exactly Hoppin' John!"

Additional Tips for This Recipe

It's okay to use canned peas for this recipe, but be sure to drain them in a colander and rinse them in running water first. I just happened to have some leftover black-eyed peas. They were of the frozen variety since we didn't have any available from the garden.


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