Black-Eyed Pea Chili - The Southern Lady Cooks

This Black-Eyed Pea Chili is a dish your family will absolutely love. We made this chili a little different, we added breakfast sausage and oh my.. it is delicious! This is the perfect chili to make for your New Years Day celebration. It’s good luck to have black-eye peas on New Years Day and this hearty dish is a winner!

Black-Eyed Pea Chili Ingredients Needed:

Green Pepper

Can of Rotel Tomatoes with Green Chilis

White or Yellow Onion

Breakfast Pork Sausage

Minced Garlic

Frozen Black-Eyed Peas

Tomato Sauce

Beef Broth

Smoked Paprika

Chili Powder

Ground Cumin

This recipe is so easy and definitely hits the spot on a cold day! Now if you like spicy chili, you can always use hot Rotel tomatoes and spicy pork sausage. That is a great way to add some heat! Personally we like it the way it’s written but recipes are versatile for a reason. I like making this with the frozen black-eyed peas because the canned ones are much thicker, but you could use those.

This dish is wonderful topped with cheese and sour cream and crumbled saltine crackers. This chili would also be a great addition to any large gathering as you can easily double the recipe.

If you are not a fan of Rotel Tomatoes you can easily just add a can of diced tomatoes.

You may also enjoy this delicious Crock Pot Pork Chili!

Full recipe in printable recipe card below.

Black-Eyed Pea Chili - The Southern Lady Cooks

Black-Eyed Pea Chili - The Southern Lady Cooks

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Black-Eyed Pea Chili

Judy Yeager
This Black-Eyed Pea Chili is a hearty dish your family will love! Great twist on a classic and perfect for any time of year. We also love this one on New Year's Day!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, southern


  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 can of rotels drained
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage
  • 2 cups of frozen black-eyed peas
  • 1 15 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin


  • In a skillet, cook breakfast sausage, onion and green pepper and minced garlic until sausage is no longer pink. Drain any grease.
  • Combine sausage mixture and rest of ingredients in a 4 quart crock pot let cook for 4-6 hours on low.
  • Serve with sour cream, cheese and saltine crackers.
Keyword Black-Eyed Pea Chili
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  1. Glenn Miller says:

    I don’t have a crock pot. How long should I cook this in a stove top pot?

    1. I would bring it for a boil and then let it simmer for 40 minutes or so. Thanks!

  2. How much beef do you use?

  3. If I can’t find frozen black-eyed peas, can I use canned?

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