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BLACK EYED PEA CHILI {Hearty & Comforting!}

Black Eyed Pea Chili is a comforting, meaty, and flavorful southern-style chili. This dish is full of earthy black eyed peas, hearty ground beef and hot sausage, all in a rich tomato broth.

Serve with my traditional cast iron skillet cornbread for a perfect cold weather meal that is sure to warm your soul.

bowl of black eyed pea chili

If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

BLACK EYED PEA CHILI

When cooler weather blows in, easy comforting dishes like chili are essential. Chili recipes are a wonderful one pot meal that is perfect for meal prep, busy weeknight dinners, or when you need a hearty meal that warms you from the inside out.

And this super easy black eyed pea chili recipe takes your traditional beef chili up a few degrees.

Perfectly browned ground beef and hot sausage, creamy black eyed peas, and sweet onions are blanketed in a rich and warm tomato broth.

One thing is for sure, this flavorful southern style chili is so easy and delicious that it will quickly become a family favorite go-to recipe during those cold winter months!

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INGREDIENTS FOR BLACK EYED PEA CHILI

  • ground beef
  • ground pork sausage
  • onion
  • garlic
  • spices
  • tomatoes
  • black eyed peas
  • broth

Meat – This chili recipe uses a combination of ground beef and hot pork sausage. Feel free to substitute ground turkey.

Onion – A medium sized sweet onion works best but use your favorite.

Spices – The spices used in this recipe are chili powder, cumin, paprika, and cayenne. Salt and pepper for seasoning if desired.

Tomatoes – I use a combination of tomato paste and diced tomatoes. You can substitute the diced tomatoes for Rotel.

Black Eyed Peas – Frozen black eyed peas work best for this recipe but you can use dried and rehydrate them. Canned peas can be used but only toward the end of the cooking process or they will be too soft.

Broth – I use beef broth for this chili recipe but feel free to use water and beef bouillon or a combination of beef broth and your favorite beer.

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HOW TO MAKE BLACK EYED PEA CHILI

ONE: In a large pot or dutch oven over medium high heat, brown the ground beef and pork sausage with a little olive oil until no longer pink. Drain if desired.

TWO: Add the garlic and onion. Cook for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender. Add the spices and black eyed peas to the pot. Stir and cook 5 minutes.

THREE: Pour in the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and beef broth. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the peas are tender.

FOUR: Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper if desired. Enjoy hot!

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

ladle of chili

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes, you can! This Black Eyed Pea Chili recipe makes a large batch so there will be plenty to freeze for future meals. It will last in the freezer for up to 3 months if stored in an air tight freezer safe container.

HOW TO STORE IT

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. When ready to eat, reheat in the microwave, oven, or on stovetop over medium heat until warmed through.

CAN I USE DRIED OR CANNED BLACK EYED PEAS?

While frozen black eyed peas work best, you can certainly use dried or canned. If you use dried peas, be sure to soak or hydrate according to the package directions.

If you use canned black eyed peas, rinse them and add them toward the end of the cooking process or they will become too soft.

spoon of chili

CAN I MAKE THIS IN A SLOW COOKER OR CROCKPOT?

Yes, you can. Just brown the ground beef and sausage. Add the ground beef, sausage, and the remaining ingredients, except the peas, and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Add the peas 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time.

TIPS FOR NO LEFTOVERS

  • Substitute some of the beef broth for your favorite beer.
  • Try smoked paprika and a little chipotle powder for more smokiness.
  • Top with sour cream, shredded cheese, and sliced jalapeno peppers.
  • Add in a small can of diced green chilies or substitute Rotel for the diced tomatoes.
  • Toss in some corn, black beans, and bell pepper for more vegetables.

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pot of chili with text "black eyed pea chili"

This Black Eyed Pea Chili Recipe is easy to make, budget friendly with ground beef, hot sausage, and frozen black eyed peas, feeds a crowd, and is a great freezer meal!

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Black Eyed Pea Chili

Yield: 10-12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Black Eyed Pea Chili is a comforting, meaty, and flavorful southern-style chili. This dish is full of earthy black eyed peas, hearty ground beef and hot sausage, all in a rich tomato broth.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (93/7)
  • 1 pound hot pork sausage (ground)
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 15 ounces frozen black eyed peas
  • 3 cups beef broth

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, brown the ground beef and pork sausage. Drain if desired.
  2. Add the onion and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes or until the onion is tender.
  3. Add the spices and black eyed peas to the pot. Stir and cook 5 minutes.
  4. Pour in the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and beef broth. Stir to combine.
  5. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the peas are tender.
  6. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper if desired.
  7. Enjoy hot!

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 servings Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 336Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 758mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 27g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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10 Comments

  1. This is a great version of chili. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  2. These photos are calling my name. I love the hot sausage in there.

  3. Kathleen Pope

    Loving the addition to hot sausage, and all those amazing spices! I have never tried chili with black-eyed peas, on our menu for this week!

  4. This sounds very comforting! Love the color and flavors!

  5. I’m loving this hearty bowl of chili and those black eye peas!

  6. I have never used black-eyed peas but they are so cool looking–thanks for the tip on frozen. This looks so good!

  7. This sounds like a great version of chili for my black eye pea lovers. I am not a fan of them but so many in my family are.

  8. thefreshmancook

    Your chili looks amazing! I love black eyed peas. Definitely a “must try” for me!

  9. The hot sausage in your recipe makes this incredible! I can’t wait to give this a try!

  10. This is a great dish for fall! I loved the colors of this and my family couldn’t get enough of this delicious chili!

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