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Black-Eyed Pea Dip for Good Luck: A Festive New Year Recipe

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delicious Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Are you looking for a delicious way to bring good luck into your new year? Black-eyed pea dip might be just what you need. This Southern classic is not only tasty but also carries the tradition of bringing good fortune. Packed with flavors like garlic, onions, and a range of spices, this dip is sure to be a hit at any gathering.

You’ll love how easy it is to prepare, making it perfect for your New Year’s celebration. You can choose from variations like the spicy Southern version or go for a creamier dip by blending it smooth and topping it with melted cheese. Pair it with tortilla chips or your favorite crackers, and you have a crowd-pleasing appetizer in no time.

Why not add this dish to your annual party menu and enjoy both its great taste and the tradition it brings? With its rich blend of ingredients, black-eyed pea dip offers a satisfying bite that leaves everyone asking for more.

Exact Ingredients (Plus Possible Substitutes)

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make your black-eyed pea dip:

  • 1 can black-eyed peas (drained)
  • 1/4 cup diced green or red pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup salsa (or 1 can Rotel tomatoes with green chilis, drained)
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Possible Substitutes

Black-eyed peas:

  • Cannellini beans
  • Black beans

Diced green or red pepper:

  • Poblano pepper
  • Jalapeño (for a spicy kick)

Diced onion:

  • Green onions
  • Shallots

Minced garlic:

  • Garlic powder
  • Fresh garlic cloves


  • Coriander
  • Smoked paprika


  • Fresh tomatoes with green chilies
  • Pico de gallo

Shredded cheddar cheese:

  • Monterrey Jack
  • Mexican blend cheese

Mix and match these ingredients to suit your taste or what you have on hand. This way, your black-eyed pea dip can always be unique and delicious.



  • 2 cans of black-eyed peas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or your favorite)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell peppers
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 cup chunky salsa or picante sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: cajun seasoning, hot sauce


  1. Prep the Vegetables:
    Cut the onions, bell peppers, and mince the garlic.

  2. Cook the Veggies:
    In a medium skillet, melt butter and sauté the onions, bell peppers, and garlic until soft.

  3. Mix Ingredients:
    In a large bowl, combine the sautéed veggies, black-eyed peas, sour cream, cream cheese, and salsa.

  4. Add Spices:
    Season with salt, pepper, and any optional spices. Stir well to combine.

  5. Bake:
    Grease a baking dish or skillet. Spread the mixture evenly in the dish. Sprinkle the cheese on top.

  6. Bake:
    Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  7. Serve:
    Remove from oven. Let it cool for a few minutes. Serve with tortilla chips, and enjoy!

Feel free to adjust the seasoning to your taste. Enjoy your black-eyed pea dip for good luck in the new year!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips & Tricks

  • Prep Ahead: You can chop all vegetables and mix the dressing a day ahead. This saves time when you’re ready to assemble the dip.
  • Consistency: If you like a chunkier dip, avoid over-mixing. For a smoother texture, you can lightly mash some of the black-eyed peas.
  • Flavor Boost: Add a splash of lime juice or vinegar for a tangy kick. A bit of fresh cilantro or parsley can also enhance the flavor.
  • Spice Level: Adjust the heat by adding more or fewer green chilies, hot sauce, or cajun seasoning. Taste as you go to get it just right.
  • Serving: This dip is best enjoyed with tortilla chips, but it also pairs well with sliced veggies or pita bread.


  • Refrigeration: Store your black-eyed pea dip in an airtight container in the fridge. It will stay fresh for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing: It’s not recommended to freeze this dip as the texture of the peas and vegetables may change.
  • Re-mixing: Before serving leftovers, give the dip a good stir to redistribute the dressing and freshen up the flavors.

Simply follow these tips, tricks, and storage suggestions to enjoy your dip at its best. Enjoy a flavorful and lucky New Year!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Black-eyed pea dip is a versatile dish. You can make it in many ways to fit your taste.


  • Spicy: Add diced jalapeños or a few dashes of hot sauce.
  • Cheesy: Mix in extra cheddar or mozzarella cheese.
  • Vegetarian: Skip the bacon and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
  • Mexican-style: Add a can of Rotel tomatoes with green chilies, and use Monterey Jack cheese.

Serving Suggestions

  • With Chips: Serve with tortilla chips or pita chips for a crunchy contrast.
  • As a Topping: Use the dip as a filling for tacos or a topping for nachos.
  • With Vegetables: Offer celery sticks, carrot sticks, or bell pepper slices for a lighter option.
  • With Bread: Serve with crusty bread or toasted baguette slices.

Hosting Tips

  • Keep Warm: Use a small slow cooker to keep the dip warm during a party.
  • Pre-Make: Prepare the dip a day before. Reheat in the oven or microwave when ready to serve.
  • Garnish: Sprinkle chopped cilantro, green onions, or diced tomatoes on top for added color and flavor.

Experiment and enjoy!