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Refried Black-Eyed Peas Dip: Eat this for Good Luck in the New Year

Preview: This Smoky Refried Black-Eyed Peas Dip is composed of mashed black-eyed peas seasoned with smoky chipotle spice and green chilies. Serve with chips.

Finding a dime in your food is not normally a cause for celebration. But on New Year’s Day, it’s different.

Small children and grown men have eaten way more black-eyed peas than they really wanted in hopes of finding the dime. Tradition says it brings good luck.

My personal experience is that prayer is much more effective. However, this southern tradition adds to the fun and gives us an excuse to fix this black-eyed pea dip every year.

This tasty recipe is composed of mashed (canned) black-eyed peas seasoned with smoky chipotle spice. Serve with chips.

The chipotle powder gives this dip a smoky taste and aroma. Feel free to adjust the seasoning and amount of peppers according to your tolerance for spiciness.

Refried Black-Eyed Peas Dip in a bowl with jalapeno garnish and chips

How to make this smoky Refried Black-Eyed Pea Dip:

frying onions and garlic
Fry onions and garlic until softened.
mashing  and frying black-eyed peas
Use a potato masher to mash black-eyed peas.
continue mashing
Continue mashing until slightly chunky.
adding the rest of the ingredients
Add remaining seasonings to refried black-eyed peas.
stirring in cheese
Add shredded cheese and stir until melted.

Doesn’t this look like bean dip made with refried pinto beans? It tastes a lot like it. For that matter, black-eyed peas taste more like beans than peas to me.

Turns out, they really are beans, also known as cowpeas. You can read a lot more about black-eyed peas here.

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Yield: 10-12 servings

Refried Black-Eyed Peas Dip Recipe

Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Dip

New Year's Day Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Dip is composed of mashed (canned) black-eyed peas seasoned with smoky chipotle spice. Serve with chips.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 can (15.5 oz) jalapeno black-eyed peas (I prefer Trappey's)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 5-6 tablespoons reserved liquid from peas
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle powder (or chili powder)
  • Hot Sauce (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 2 tablespoons green chilis, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I prefer Bacon Salt)
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese (smoked is even better if you can find it)


  1. Drain blackeyed peas, reserving liquid.
  2. Saute garlic in oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add blackeyed peas and mash with a fork. Then add reserved liquid from peas.
  3. Add chipotle powder, hot sauce to taste (a couple of drops is all I need since I'm not a native Texan), salsa (your choice of heat and flavor), green chilies and salt. Combine and continue to heat thoroughly. Add cheese (plenty, according to my husband, who IS a native Texan) and stir to melt just before serving.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips. I also like to eat them "burrito-style". I recently discovered uncooked Roti-Chapati at Costco. They taste and behave exactly like whole wheat tortillas and go just great with this dip.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 101Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 262mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

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Monday 12th of July 2010

Thanks for this recipe. I'm not a big fan of blackeyed peas but my family believes in the New Years Day tradition - so this how I'm going to start off the year from now on!

Ann Hastings

Thursday 31st of December 2009

We can't wait to have some of this yummy dip :)


Tuesday 29th of December 2009

This looks delicious! Hoping to get a chance to try some soon. To answer your question, the can in my cupboard has blackeye peas. So I'm thinking it's one word?


Monday 28th of December 2009

I didn't learn about the black eyed pea connection to New Year's until last year. This looks awesome!


Monday 28th of December 2009

Paula, Hope that you had a wonderful Chirstmas. The dip looks delicious. Mimi

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