Looking for a hearty vegan side dish that doesn't skimp on flavor? Enter Vegan Black Eyed Peas. Simple, nutritious, and delicious, this plant based take on a classic is sure to satisfy both vegans and non-vegans alike. Let's dig in!
There are countless reasons to fall in love with these vegan black eyed peas. This is a soul food favorite that's packed with protein, hearty flavors, and delightful textures. And it's easier to whip up than you'd imagine!
Plus, you can even make it in bulk and freeze for later, saving you valuable time on those busy weekdays. What's not to love?
Why Serve Black Eyed Peas?
The black eyed pea is native to West Africa, and has been served for centuries on special occasions as a symbol of good luck. The tradition of serving black eyed peas with greens on New Year's Day is said to originate in the South, where the peas are meant to represent good luck and the greens are thought to represent money or prosperity. This tasty combination continues to be enjoyed on special occasions throughout the world today.
Soak the black eyed peas overnight. Soaking the peas is essential to ensure they cook evenly and quickly.
Sauté the veggies for extra flavor. While some recipes skip this step, I strongly recommend that you sauté the vegetables until they're lightly caramelized before adding the spices. This enhances the overall flavor profile of the dish.
Use fire roasted tomatoes. While any chopped tomatoes will work, I recommend using fire-roasted diced tomatoes. The smoky flavor adds depth to the dish.
Add some spice. If you prefer a bit more heat, feel free to increase the amount of chili powder or crushed red pepper flakes.
How to Serve Vegan Black Eyed Peas
These black eyed peas are hearty enough to serve up on their own, similar to how you would serve a bowl of chili or stew. Try adding a slice of crusty bread for a totally indulgent dinner.
Once you've mastered this easy recipe, there are so many exciting variations to try. Here are a few ideas:
Mediterranean Black Eyed Peas
For a more Mediterranean touch, add in some chopped olives and capers.
Asian Black Eyed Peas
Want to give it an Asian spin? Try adding some soy sauce, sesame oil, and topping with chopped scallions.
Mexican Black Eyed Peas
Create a Mexican-inspired version by adding some corn, some canned green chilies, and top it off with a little chopped cilantro.
Make it creamier
You can also make your peas creamier and more indulgent by adding a splash of coconut milk.
More Vegan Recipes
If you love these Vegan Black Eyed Peas, be sure to check out these other tasty plant based ideas:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 1 green bell pepper chopped
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 28 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 lb black eyed peas soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
- 1 bay leaf
- In a large pot with a tight fitting lid, heat oil over medium heat, then add the onion, celery, and green pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until tender
- Add the chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Add the beans, vegetable broth, canned tomatoes, and bay leaf and stir to combine.
- Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 ½ hours.
- Remove lid, stir, and simmer for an additional 45- 60 minutes, or until the beans are tender. Add water if needed as it cooks to ensure desired consistency.
- Serve warm with bread, or over rice.