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

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

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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 more effective. However, this Southern tradition adds to the fun and gives us an excuse to fix either this black-eyed pea dip or Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Soup for our annual New Year’s Day party.

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.

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Hey! You saved me a step!!! I was planning to email you to get this recipe for our New Year’s Day party! lol You’re one step ahead of me–Staci

How To Make Smoky Refried Black-Eyed Pea Dip

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Fry onions and garlic until softened.
mashing  and frying black-eyed peas
Use a potato masher to mash black-eyed peas.
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Add remaining seasonings to refried black-eyed peas.
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Keep mashing to obtain a smoother texture.
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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.

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

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Yield: 12 servings

Refried Black-Eyed Peas Dip Recipe

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.

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes


  • 1 15.5 oz can (439 g) jalapeno black-eyed peas
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 5-6 tablespoons reserved liquid from peas
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle powder
  • 3-5 drops Hot Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 2 tablespoons green chiles, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon table or sea salt
  • 1 ½ cup (180 g) shredded medium Cheddar Cheese smoked Cheddar is even better if you can find it


  • Drain blackeyed peas, reserving the liquid.
  • Saute garlic in oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add blackeyed peas and mash with a fork. Then add reserved liquid from peas.
  • 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.
  • 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 well with this dip.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 217mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 253IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 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!

  2. Ann Hastings says:

    We can’t wait to have some of this yummy dip 🙂

  3. 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?

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

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

  6. Hey! You saved me a step!!! I was planning to email you to get this recipe for our New Year’s Day party! lol You’re one step ahead of me…or was this a *hint*hint* 🙂