Black-eyed peas are such a diverse ingredient. In honor of National Black-Eyed Pea Day, we found 15 of our most unique ways to use the lovely legume! You can browse diverse recipes from chili, to hummus, to veggie burgers! We even found a healthy black-eyed pea dessert recipe for you to try! The team here at the Food Monster App has you covered for all your celebrations.

1. Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Chili Vegan Gluten-Free Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Chili

This is a beautiful take on a classic chili and the addition of kale makes it hearty and nutritious. The black-eyed peas provide a sturdy foundation for the plethora of spices, garlic, and onion that go into creating the flavor of this chili and the kale adds a nice bit of texture to make this recipe a ‘bowl’ in one. This Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Chili is about to become a household favorite.


2. Black-Eyed Pea Burgers With Mississippi Comeback Sauce10 Classic Southern Dishes Made With Meat or Dairy. What?!

These Black-Eyed Pea Burgers With Mississippi Comeback Sauce are tasty and hold together perfectly. Serve them with lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and top with sauteed mushrooms and Mississippi Comeback Sauce! Here’s to perfect burger making!

3. Smoky Black-Eyed Peas Instant Pot Smoky Black-Eyed Peas

This simple, one-pot recipe if full of protein, healthy vegetables and fiber. The black-eyed peas are combined with carrots, onions, and a liberal dose of smoked paprika to make a dish that works as a hearty stew or can be served as a side dish at dinner. Plus this Smoky Black-Eyed Peas dish is easy on your wallet, makes tons of leftovers, and stores well in the refrigerator.

4. Black-Eyed Pea Chili With Collards Black-Eyed Pea Chili With Collards

Looking for a hearty chili to help you survive the cold winter months? Look no further. This Black-Eyed Pea Chili With Collards is slowly simmered over six hours so that the flavors can fully blend together, and then served over sautéed collard greens with homemade cornbread. It’s delicious, filling, and healthy.

5. Stewed Black-Eyed Peas Stewed Black Eyed Peas

A rich, delicious and filling spiced stewed beans; simple and easy to make! These Stewed Black-Eyed Peas are a deeply flavorful and rich comfort food, and also relatively hands-off. Vegetables and legumes are accented with aromatic spices and stewed over time until the vegetables start to break down, meld, and become a thick and deliciously saucy stew. Serve this on its own, over baked potatoes, or on toast.


6. Black-Eyed Pea and Leek Sausages Vegan Black-Eyed Pea and Leek Sausages with peppers

Infused with an abundance of spices and aromatic leeks, these Black-Eyed Pea and Leek Sausages are best served with a plate of vegetables and a side of sauerkraut or with pasta. They’re a cinch to make, too! Wheat protein flour gives them a delightfully meaty texture that’s reminiscent of classic sausages.

7. Black Eyed Pea Teriyaki Bowls Black Eyed Pea Teriyaki Bowl 4

When you want an easy dinner that is still nutritious, piling veggies high in a bowl and drizzling it with a delicious sauce is a solid option. This Asian-inspired Black Eyed Pea Teriyaki Bowl, for instance, has black-eyed peas, mushrooms, eggplant, broccoli, and a sauce made from soy sauce, molasses, tomato paste, and spices. Sometimes simple is best!

8. Black-Eyed Pea Burgers With Sugar-Free BBQ SauceBlack Eyed Pea Burgers With Sugar Free BBQ Sauce b

These yummy Black-Eyed Pea Burgers With Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce have Southern flair! They are made from black-eyed peas, oats, and buckwheat flour, so they are hearty and filling and they’re served with a smoky, sugar-free barbecue sauce. You can make these any time of year, whether it’s summer and you’re eating dinner on the porch or if it’s winter and you’re wishing for warmer days. Serve these with some vegan cheese, onion, plenty of barbecue sauce, and your favorite greens.

9. Rosemary Black-Eyed Pea Soup With Kale Rosemary Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Black-eyed peas, sautéed onions, chopped kale, and mushrooms are mixed with coconut milk, water, and fresh rosemary in a pressure cooker to make this soup. The mellow flavor of these peas, as opposed to the stronger tasting black or red bean variety, goes nicely and does not overpower the other flavors in this soup. Since this Rosemary Black-Eyed Pea Soup With Kale dish spends most of the cooking time in a pressure cooker, it’s a convenient and effortless dinner option.


10. Acaraje: Brazilian Black-Eyed Peas FrittersAcaraje Brazilian Black Eyed Peas Fritters

Acarajé is a Brazilian street food inspired by African akaras. Popular in Salvador and Olinda, they’re airy and fluffy on the inside and a little crispy on the outside. It’s an absolute must that you eat these while they’re hot — that’s when they’re at their best.

11. Spaghetti With Black-Eyed Pea ‘Meatballs’ Vegan Gluten-Free Spaghetti With Black-Eyed Pea ‘Meatballs’

This Spaghetti With Black-Eyed Pea ‘Meatballs’ is wonderfully hearty with deliciously rich and savory flavors. There may be leftovers, which you can have for dinner during the week! The meatless balls and tomato sauce can be made in advance, when you’re ready, cook the pasta and toss it with them together. So easy, so delicious.


12. Spicy Chipotle Black Eyed Peas Hummus Vegan Chipotle Blacked Peas Hummus

Vegan Spicy Chipotle Black Eyed Peas Hummus is a sure fire way to start off any party. A fun spicy twist on classic hummus with black-eyed-peas in place of garbanzo beans! This healthy hummus packs in some spice and flavor with the addition of chipotle peppers, onion, and garlic. Smokey, creamy, and gluten free! Perfect option for a quick snack or appetizer.

 13. Choco Black Eyed Bean Bites Choco Black Eyed Bean Bites [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

With the thought of chocolate, do you start drooling? You will hardly be able to resist these Choco Black Eyed Bean Bites!

14. Curried Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens Curried Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens

Collard greens and black-eyed peas are cooked in a blend of spices create a dish that’s a mix between a dal and chana masala. Using peas instead of the usual chickpeas makes this meal thick and hearty, like a comforting stew. Serve these Curried Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens over a bed of rice of freshly cooked quinoa.

15. Alasanda Vada: Indian Black-Eyed Pea Croquette Alasanda Vada: Indian Black-Eyed Pea Croquette

Alasanda Vada: Indian Black-Eyed Pea Croquettes are a traditional South Indian fried snack. They hold their shape beautifully without the use of flour and are crispy on the outside and fluffy inside. These vada make a wonderful appetizer at any party either on their own or paired with chutney.


Vegan Chipotle Blacked Peas Hummus

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Lead image source: Black Eyed Pea Teriyaki Bowl