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Hoppin’ John by Deb Hebert©

1 lb of Chili Smith Green Black-eye Beans

rinse & cook with plenty of water to al dente stage (just soft)

drain peas

Time= 20 to 30 minutes


1 box of Chicken Stock (low or no sodium)

3 Tbl of tomato paste

1 sm onion diced

1 bell pepper diced

1 jalapeno diced

1 clove of garlic diced

salt and pepper to taste

cook  approximately 20 minutes

add 3 or 4 slices of crumbled crispy bacon, and turn off the heat. Do not cook to soft, just let it stand. Peas will continue to cook and absorb liquid. Taste for doneness and seasoning.

You can also wait to add the bacon til you are ready to serve.

Serve over hot cooked rice or corn bread

Great make ahead dish. Just heat up when ready to serve

Total cooking time is 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Do not over cook!!!


  • Posted on by Steve Smith
    Great question! Deb is gone now – much too soon – and we miss her advice, cooking skills, and chemical knowledge – as well as her humor!

    In this recipe, “one box” means a quart and the results are very special, although Hopping John is as individual styled as chili is!!

  • Posted on by Jim Vanderveen

    Sounds great! How much chicken stock is in a box, though? I have seen anywhere from 1-4 cups.

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