Cajun Vegan Succotash

Ronnishia Johnson and Rheema Calloway, owners of The Vegan Hood Chefs in San Francisco, created this vegan succotash dish, inspired by the food they were raised on, cooked by grandmothers who hail from Louisiana. They put their spin on it by omitting the bacon, packing it with veggies and adding coconut milk for body.

Cajun Vegan Succotash
Photo: Brittany Conerly
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 sprig fresh thyme

  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 medium green bell pepper, diced

  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced

  • 1 cup diced onion

  • 2 stalks celery, diced

  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 (14 ounce) cans light coconut milk

  • 1 pound yam or sweet potato, peeled, if desired, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 cup no-salt-added fire-roasted diced tomatoes

  • 1 (15 ounce) can low-sodium black-eyed peas, rinsed

  • 1 cup chopped kale

  • ½ cup corn kernels

  • ½ cup sliced okra (fresh or frozen)


  1. Toast thyme in a large pot over medium heat until brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Add oil to the pot and heat over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 8 minutes.

  2. Add Creole seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and salt. Stir well to coat. Add coconut milk, yam (or sweet potato), tomatoes and the reserved thyme. Bring to a simmer. Adjust heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the yam (or sweet potato) is soft, 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Add black-eyed peas, kale, corn and okra; simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Discard the thyme sprig before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

237 Calories
9g Fat
36g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 237
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Vitamin A 4407IU 88%
Sodium 532mg 23%
Potassium 369mg 8%

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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