This boldly flavored spin on Hoppin' John replaces salt pork or bacon with lean pork chops. Plus we've added greens--in this case kale--a traditional accompaniment with the dish. Serve with cornbread and a glass of Spanish rioja.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2009


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Toss pork with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the pork and cook, stirring, until just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl with a slotted spoon.

  • Add onion, tomato paste and rice to the pan and cook until the onion softens, about 4 minutes. Add kale and garlic and cook until the kale begins to wilt, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in broth, vinegar, paprika and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until the rice is done, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the reserved pork and black-eyed peas and heat for 1 minute.


Tip: Smoked paprika is a spice made from grinding smoke-dried red peppers. It's available in sweet, bittersweet and hot. Find it in the spice section of large supermarkets or at

Nutrition Facts

229.1 calories; protein 18.4g 37% DV; carbohydrates 23.6g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 3.8g 15% DV; sugars 2g; fat 6.7g 10% DV; saturated fat 1.3g 6% DV; cholesterol 38.2mg 13% DV; vitamin a iu 2316.8IU 46% DV; vitamin c 29.7mg 49% DV; folate 62.9mcg 16% DV; calcium 58.7mg 6% DV; iron 1.6mg 9% DV; magnesium 60mg 21% DV; potassium 464.1mg 13% DV; sodium 491.6mg 20% DV; thiamin 0.4mg 38% DV.

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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
Super cheap easy and delicious! This was really great. I had a brown basmati rice medley on hand so I cooked that for a little while before adding it to the onions and tomato paste then just added broth as needed to help wilt the kale. This made a HUGE amount of food all for under 10. It was hearty and delicious (don't be shy with spices) and pretty much guilt-free:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Staying in rotation! I loved this! Intead of using pork chops I used pork tenderloin. Flavor was amazing!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Really good. Doubled all the spices and used homemade chicken stock. Also used smoked pork chops. Yum. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
I started cooking this dish at 5 pm thinking that it would be done in 45 minutes or so as the recipe said. And now after 2 and 1/4 hours the rice is still not done. The flavor is right on the directions are not. Pros: Tastes yummy. Cons: Rice didn't cook in 20 minutes as recipe said Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy Quick and Tasty This meal is a keeper - reading the reviews I thought it might be a bit bland so I added some red pepper flakes as others suggested - good move. Also I never use GMO canola oil and substitute coconut oil instead. Too I don't use instant rice so I cooked my brown rice separately in the broth for about 15 minutes and then added it when the recipe called for the broth adding a bit of water to the pan as my rice had absorbed most of the liquid. Since the rice was pretty much done after all the absorption I didn't need to cook it as long either. Inexpensive and tasty we'll be making this one again. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
It was alright. All in all not a bad recipe. Pros: It is a tasty dish. It makes a lot so its great to bring for lunches throughout the week. Cons: I had to add of mine own flavour. As I was cooking I noticed that it tasted very bland. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Easy and Healthy My family enjoyed this meal very much! I cooked it in the crock pot on high for 3 - 4 hours which made the pork very tender. Used frozen black eyed peas and didn't have kale so used turnip greens instead. Added liquid smoke instead of vinegar mainly because I didn't have hot paprika (just plain sweet paprika). Mine turned out rather bland for my taste buds but the upside is my kids loved it! Will make again but only if I can make it with a bit more of a kick. Pros: Easy prep healthy dish with lean pork kid-friendly Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My boyfriend loves different greens and beans. I found this recipe and thought it might be interesting. I have never tasted black eyed peas or kale not had I ever eaten brown rice. I made this recipe last night. I don't like smoked paprika so I used a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes instead. This dish was so easy to make and absolutely delicious. My boyfriend said that it's a keeper. Will definitely make again Pros: Quick Easy to make supper Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Love this recipe. Very Healthy We make this recipe regularly but without the pork. We use 2 cups of blackeyed peas cooked w/o salt from dried and 1 lb of greens mostly kale but sometimes chard and mustard added. Fresh hot smoked paprika gives it a wonderful flavor. It freezes well. Pros: Good fiber nutrients and can be made low sodium Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great flavor! My husband loved it. Good as a left over. I'll definitely make it again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
We found this recipe kind of bland made with pork chops; however the second (and 3rd 4th 5th) time I used leftover ham and it was a huge hit. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My 11 year old and I thought it had great flavor and textures. This is definitely Southern comfort food. I'm rotating this in to our dinners! The husband liked it with the addition of sour cream. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great New Year's meal I didn't have hot smoked paprika so I used a lot of normal paprika and some red pepper flakes. It turned out fantastic! Read More