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Mashed Black Eyed Peas in a gold rimmed bowl

SUPERB Mashed Black Eyed Peas!

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Black eyed pea lovers rejoice! This Mashed Black Eyed Pea recipe (using canned black eyed peas) makes for a super delish and healthy(ish) side dish! Ready in 30 minutes to serve with your favorite mains!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course accompaniment, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 5 servings
Calories 17 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 2 16 oz cans black eyed peas
  • 3 slices bacon cut up into small pieces
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers minced (can omit if you prefer a less spicy dish)
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • Cajun seasoning to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cut up 3 pieces of bacon and fry on a medium high heat until mostly crispy (around 5-10 minutes). Remove the bacon and drain on a paper towel.
    crispy small pieces of bacon on a blue slotted turner in a frying pan
  • Lower to a medium heat. Add minced onion, garlic, and jalapeño's to the bacon fat and stir often until softened (around 5 minutes).
    minced onion, garlic, and jalapeno peppers in a frying pan
  • Drain the black eyed peas. Now add the black eye peas to the mixture and season with Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste. Give it a good stir, then allow to heat through stirring once in awhile for around 5 minutes.
    black eyed peas, minced onion, garlic, and jalapeno peppers in a frying pan with a blue silicone utensil
  • It's time to mash! Slightly mash the black eye peas with a masher or the back of a spatula. Aiming for a mixture of mashed and coarser beans is quite nice, but you can mash away to your heart's content for a smoother mixture.
    black eyed peas, minced onion, garlic, and jalapeno peppers in a frying pan with a blue silicone utensil mashing the beans
  • Add the bacon back in and give it a good stir. Adjust for seasoning and now your delish Mashed Black Eyed Peas are ready to serve!
    Mashed Black Eyed Peas in a gold rimmed bowl

Notes

This side dish is a wonderful accompaniment to your favorite mains!  
Use canned black eyed peas for convenience, or make your own from dried black eyed peas using the instructions on the package.  If you use dried, then 8 oz of dried beans will give you approximately 4 cups of cooked beans. 
Feel free to adjust the amount of bacon and jalapeno peppers to suit your tastes.
Enjoy! 

Nutrition

Calories: 17kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 2mgPotassium: 41mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 31IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
Keyword beans, black eyed peas
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