HOPPIN’ JOHN SOUP is a delicious soup that is both vegan and gluten free. It is made with fresh vegetables, spices, and herbs. It also has no added fat or sugar.

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  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas (no soaking necessary)
  • 2 quarts (8 cups) chicken stock
  • 1 hock of ham
  • smoked ham, 13 pound, sliced into 12-inch cubes
  • 2 chopped medium yellow onions
  • 1 seeded and sliced green bell pepper
  • 1 celery stalk, leaves included, chopped
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 12 teaspoon cayenne pepper or 3 dried whole chile peppers
  • 2 cups fresh sliced okra, or one thawed 10-ounce bag of frozen sliced okra
  • season with salt to taste


This recipe for GOOD LUCK SOUP is derived from a Junior League of Women cookbook from Jackson, Mississippi, dated 1991. The soup is delicious, with a smokey taste accented by smooth beans, silky okra, and the zing of fiery chilies. It’s customary to prepare it on December 31st so the flavors may meld, then serve it with plenty of hot buttered corn bread on the first day of the New Year.

  • In a large soup pot, combine the black-eyed peas, stock, ham hock, ham cubes, onions, green pepper, celery, garlic, and chile peppers. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring periodically, then lower to medium heat, cover, and continue to cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • When the peas are cooked, add the okra and salt, return to a boil over high heat, then lower to medium heat and continue to cook, covered, for another 30 minutes.
  • To avoid burning, the soup should be thickening and stirring regularly. Remove the lid and simmer, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thick and creamy, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the ham hock and chiles from the soup and pour it into dishes if serving right away. If you’re going to save it for later, let it cool in the pot before refrigerating it. When you’re ready to serve the soup, gently warm it, stirring often, before ladling it into dishes and removing the ham hock and chile peppers.


Hoppin’ John is a traditional African-American soup that is made with black eyed peas, smoked ham hock, bacon, onion, celery, carrots, and garlic. This hearty soup can be served as a meal or as a side dish. Reference: hoppin’ john recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called Hoppin John?

The dish is called Hoppin John because it has a mixture of rice, beans, and peas.

What is the difference between Hoppin John and black-eyed peas?

Hoppin John is a traditional Southern dish that consists of black-eyed peas cooked in ham, bacon, and sausage. Black-eyed peas are also called cowpeas or field peas.

What do the ingredients in Hoppin John represent?

The ingredients in Hoppin John represent the different kinds of food that typically go into a hoppin john.

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