Hoppin' John with Orange Bell Peppers


Loads of ham hocks, cured pork belly or even smoked turkey wings are usually key ingredients in this Southern dish. In this healthy Hoppin‘ John recipe, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper bring on the flavor. Ounce-for-ounce, these two spices contain roughly 2 1/2 times the beta carotene of boiled sweet potatoes. Serve as a main-dish stew or serve a smaller portion as a side along with some brown rice.

Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 2 medium orange bell peppers, chopped (1/2-inch)

  • 4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 small bunch collard greens (about 8 ounces), trimmed and chopped

  • 4 cups cooked black-eyed peas (homemade, frozen or canned, rinsed)

  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup water


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan or pot over medium heat. Add bell peppers and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown and smell fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes.

  2. Stir in cumin, paprika, cayenne and salt; cook, stirring, for 15 seconds. Stir in collard greens by the handful; cook, stirring, until they are wilted a bit, about 2 minutes.

  3. Add black-eyed peas, tomatoes and their juice and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the greens are tender, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

213 Calories
6g Fat
31g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 213
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 11g 22%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Vitamin A 2927IU 59%
Vitamin C 68mg 75%
Folate 293mcg 73%
Sodium 477mg 21%
Calcium 113mg 9%
Iron 4mg 22%
Magnesium 81mg 19%
Potassium 602mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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