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Black-Eyed Peas and Sausage Stew uses canned black-eyed peas and smoked sausage to create the perfect winter stew recipe with all the classic flavors of Louisiana.
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Black-Eyed Peas and Sausage Stew

Black-Eyed Peas and Sausage Stew uses canned black-eyed peas and smoked sausage to create the perfect winter stew recipe with all the classic flavors of Louisiana.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Entree, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black eyed beans, black eyed peas, black eyed peas and sausage, black eyed peas and smoked sausage, black eyed peas with canned peas, black-eyed peas and sausage stew, canned black eyed pea stew, easy stew recipes, Louisiana black eyed peas, southern black eyed peas, what does it mean to render?, what is the holy trinity of cajun cooking?, winter stew recipes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced bacon
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 (15) ounce cans of black eyed peas (do not drain)
  • 1 (15) ounce can of warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 13 ounces smoked sausage, thinly sliced

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, fry diced bacon until fat is rendered and bacon is slightly crisp. Drain bacon to a paper towel; pour the bacon grease in a bowl to use later.
    Black-Eyed Peas and Sausage Stew uses canned black-eyed peas and smoked sausage to create the perfect winter stew recipe with all the classic flavors of Louisiana.
  • Add 2 tablespoons bacon fat back to the skillet; sauté celery, green peppers, onion and garlic until onions are translucent.
    Black-Eyed Peas and Sausage Stew uses canned black-eyed peas and smoked sausage to create the perfect winter stew recipe with all the classic flavors of Louisiana.
  • Meanwhile, add undrained black-eyed peas, 1 pea can of warm water, salt, cayenne pepper (optional), diced tomato and fried bacon to a Dutch oven or large, deep saucepan.
  • Once the vegetables are tender, add them to the black eyed peas.
  • To the same skillet, add 1 tablespoon reserved bacon grease; fry smoked sausage until lightly browned and crisp.
    Black-Eyed Peas and Sausage Stew uses canned black-eyed peas and smoked sausage to create the perfect winter stew recipe with all the classic flavors of Louisiana.
  • Add the smoked sausage to the peas and stir.
    Black-Eyed Peas and Sausage Stew uses canned black-eyed peas and smoked sausage to create the perfect winter stew recipe with all the classic flavors of Louisiana.
  • Bring the stew to a simmer, and continue to simmer for 40 minutes or until the stew is to your desired thickness.
    Black-Eyed Peas and Sausage Stew uses canned black-eyed peas and smoked sausage to create the perfect winter stew recipe with all the classic flavors of Louisiana.

Notes

  • Save all the bacon fat that gets rendered in the first step. You'll need to use it to sauté both the veggies and the smoked sausage later on.
  • Use your favorite type of smoked sausage.
  • This black-eyed bean recipe calls for canned black-eyed peas; however, if you'd like to start with the dried variety, follow the directions on the package to cook them completely before starting this recipe.
  • Do not drain the canned black eyed beans.
  • For a spicier black eyed peas and sausage stew, add cayenne pepper or use a hot smoked sausage. 
  • This winter stew recipes calls for a Dutch oven, but a large, deep saucepan can be used instead.
  • Love a winter stew? Try our Chicken Pot Pie Stew