Looking for a healthy, hearty, one-pot meal to feed a crowd? Try this Greek-style black eyes peas recipe. Humble pantry ingredients get a flavorful makeover with onions, garlic, and bold Greek spices. Finished with citrus and a handful of fresh herbs!
This vegan black eyed peas stew is popular even among meat lovers! Be sure to watch the quick video for how to make it below.
I love this Greek vegan black-eyed peas recipe so much because: it comes together in a flash, uses only one pot (talk about easy clean-up!) and is filled with loads of fiber and nutrition from black-eyed peas and loads of veggies!
Another huge bonus of this recipe is the fact it uses humble and basic ingredients you likely have in your pantry already and brings new life to them. Like my earlier chunky lentil soup, this bean stew is super budget-friendly for a family meal and is ideal for meal prep for lunches during the week! You can even feed a large crowd with this recipe by doubling or tripling the recipe. Plus, you won’t break the bank!
But the real draw of this vegan black eyed peas recipe is in the thick and rich sauce the beans and veggies simmer in. Hearty and packed with amazing Greek flavors!
This black eyed peas stew is so satisfying and delicious, even your meat-loving friends and family will chow down their bowl in no time. Promise!
Are Black-Eyed Peas Healthy?
Black-eyed peas are hearty and have great texture and a nutty flavor. They also have tons of health benefits, and like other beans and legumes, they are definitely on the list of Mediterranean diet foods. They contain lots of soluble fiber, folate, magnesium, vitamin A, iron, Vitamin B, and potassium.
Black-eyed peas can keep you full and satisfied for a long time due to their fiber, protein, and healthy carb content. They can also help you lose weight since your body digests the carbs slower. And they can help you fight inflammation, improve your blood pressure, and lower your risk of diabetes! What's not to love about that?
But if you're not sure where to start with black eyed peas, this Greek-style stew is a great place to start!
Greek-Style Vegan Black-Eyed Peas Recipe
While there are many ways to prepare black-eyed peas, this black-eyed peas recipe is prepared one of my favorite ways: Greek-style.
This black eyed peas recipe is somewhat considered a part of the Lathera food category, which literally means “one with oil.” This term describes an entire category of Greek dishes (like these green beans) where delicious veggies are meant to swim in rich, high-quality extra virgin olive oil. In my opinion, there is hardly anything better than that!
In this recipe, chopped veggies and black-eyed peas are braised/stewed in tasty tomato-based broth with aromatics, warm spices like oregano, cumin and paprika, and bay leaves along with canned tomatoes, water. The final touch, no surprise here, is bright and citrusy lemon juice and fresh parsley.
With the chunky veggies and all these bold flavors simmering together in the same pot for say 25 to 30 minutes, you end up with the richest stew of vegan black eyed peas.
If you prefer, you can totally go the slow cooker route and let the black eyed peas and veggies marry in the crock pot for 8 hours or so.
What you'll need to make these Black-Eyed Peas
Veggies: Onion, Green Bell Pepper, Carrots & Tomatoes – These are the main veggies in this vegan black-eyed peas stew. I like to chop them up nice and small so that they soften up and soak up all of the flavors and spices in the stew. And for a short-cut, I used diced tomatoes from a can. Of course, garlic and onions make an appearance since they provide so much delicious depth of flavor.
Spices – A few Greek spices like dry bay leaves, oregano, cumin and paprika give the dish so much warmth and depth of flavor. If you like things spicy, you can add in a dash of dried red chili flakes to give this black-eyed peas recipe a spicy kick!
Citrus– Adding juice of one lime or lemon, although a final step, is so important to round out flavors and bring some brightness. The acidity cuts through that rich broth and really makes the dish pop.
Black-Eyed Peas – Did you think I forgot about the black-eyed peas? Never! Black-eyed peas are the star here. For a shortcut, I used 2 cans of black-eyed peas, but you can definitely start from scratch with black eyed peas, if you have the time.
How to Cook Black Eyed Peas?
If you have some dry black-eyed peas and you'd like to start with that, by all means! You will need just over 1 heaping cup of dry black-eyed peas to give you the equivalent amount of 2 cans of black eyed peas used in this recipe.
Here is how to cook black eyed peas from scratch:
- Soak them– Ideally, you will want to soak them overnight, but they can also soak for a minimum of 6 hours. To do this, place the dried beans in a large bowl and cover with 3 cups of water. Cover the beans and place in the fridge.
- Cook them – Once soaked, drain the water. Give them a quick rinse. Place them in a large pot and cover with water (about 4 inches of water.) Bring the black-eyed peas to a simmer, cover, and let simmer for about 1 hour. Begin to check if they are soft and tender after 45 minutes. If the water simmers off too quickly, simply add more water to the pot.
Once they are cooked, drain and use the cooked black eyed peas in place of canned ones.
Can I make this vegan black eyed peas stew in the slow cooker/ crock pot?
Yes, this Greek vegan black-eyed peas recipe can be made in your slow cooker! These are the instructions for how to do it:
- Chop the onions, garlic gloves, carrots, and bell peppers and put in the slow cooker.
- Add in the canned diced tomatoes, olive oil, water, bay leaf, cumin, oregano, paprika, red pepper flakes, and black-eyed peas. Season with kosher salt and black pepper.
- Cover and turn the slow cooker setting to low and simmer for 8 hours (4 hours or so on high.)
- Finish with the lemon juice and parsley, mix in, and enjoy!
Alternative: You can also use dry black-eyed peas in the slow cooker method. You will need to soak them overnight per the instructions above, but the raw beans can be added to the slow cooker since they will cook and soften during the 8 hours.
What to serve along?
When you go to serve the black-eyed peas stew, I recommend you add a healthy drizzle of Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil. Makes such a difference adding an extra measure of richness.
You can serve the stew with some delicious and chewy Greek pita bread or you can top cooked rice, orzo, quinoa, or any other grain with the black-eyed peas scooped generously over the top.
To start, try my traditional Greek salad!
If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. You also have the option to freeze for later use! Let the stew cool completely and store in zip baggies or airtight container in the freezer.
When you are ready to reheat, remove from the freezer the night before and put in the fridge to let thaw. When you want to eat, heat in a pot or pan until warm and bubbly.
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If you are looking for a healthy and hearty meal, or need to feed a crowd on a budget, this black eyes peas recipe is ideal. Humble pantry ingredients get a flavorful makeover with onions, garlic, and bold Greek spices. Finished with citrus and a handful of fresh herbs!
This vegan black eyed peas stew is popular even among meat lovers! Be sure to watch the quick video just above for how to make it.
- Extra virgin olive oil (I used Early Harvest Greek EVOO)
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 to 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 15-oz can diced tomato
- 2 cups water
- 1 dry bay leaf
- 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp dry oregano
- ½ tsp paprika
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes, optional
- 2 15-oz cans black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
- 1 lime or lemon, juice of
- 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
- In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat extra virgin olive oil over medium heat till shimmering but not smoking. Add onions and garlic. Saute briefly until translucent and fragrant. Add bell peppers and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes, tossing regularly.
- Now add diced tomatoes (with their juices), water, bay leaf, spices, salt and pepper. Raise the heat and bring to a boil. Add in the black eyed peas. Boil for 5 minutes, then lower heat. Cover part-way and let simmer for 25 to 30 minutes (occasionally check to stir. If the black eyed pea stew looks too dry, add a tiny bit of water.)
- Finally, stir in lemon juice and parsley.
- To serve, transfer to bowls. Add a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy with a side of warm Greek pita or on top of orzo, rice, or your favorite grain.
- To make using dry black eyed peas: start with just over 1 heaping up of dry black eyed peas. Soak them in plenty of water overnight or up to 6 hours. Cook them in a large pot, adding enough water to cover the black eyed peas by 4 inches. Let simmer for about 1 hour. Begin to check if they are soft and tender after 45 minutes. If the water simmers off too quickly, simply add more water to the pot.
- Slow Cooker or Crock Pot Instructions: Add the onions, garlic gloves, carrots, and bell peppers in the slow cooker. Add in the canned diced tomatoes, olive oil, water, bay leaf, cumin, oregano, paprika, red pepper flakes, and black-eyed peas. Season with salt and pepper. Turn the slow cooker on low and simmer for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours or so. Finish with the lemon juice and parsley, mix in, and enjoy!
- Leftover Storage Instructions: Store in fridge in tight-lid containers for up to 1 week. You can also freeze for later use. Thaw overnight in the fridge.
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- Category: Entree
- Method: Stew
- Cuisine: Greek
Keywords: Black Eyed Peas Recipe, Vegan Black Eyed Peas, Black Eyed Peas Stew