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




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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 calories; protein 18.4g; carbohydrates 23.6g; dietary fiber 3.8g; sugars 2g; fat 6.7g; saturated fat 1.3g; cholesterol 38.2mg; vitamin a iu 2316.8IU; vitamin c 29.7mg; folate 62.9mcg; calcium 58.7mg; iron 1.6mg; magnesium 60mg; potassium 464.1mg; sodium 491.6mg; thiamin 0.4mg.

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  • 5 star values: 4
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  • 3 star values: 2
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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: 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
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
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: 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: 5 stars
Staying in rotation! I loved this! Intead of using pork chops I used pork tenderloin. Flavor was amazing!!! 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
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: 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