Black-Eyed Pea Soup

  • Yield: 8 servings

This soup is a must when family is home at New Year's. If my son can't be here, I freeze it for him. It's also always on the stove during deer season to provide hungry hunters with a filling, warm lunch. Serve it with corn bread, salad and dessert.


1pound lean ground beef
1cup finely chopped onions
1pound Polish sausage, cut into bite-size pieces
2 (15-ounce) cans black-eyed peas with jalapenos
1 (14-ounce) can reduced-sodium beef broth
1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (10-ounce) can mild diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 (4-ounce) can chopped mild green chilies
1 to 2medium jalapeno chilies, seeded and chopped (optional)
1/8teaspoon salt


  1. Place a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and onions and cook until beef is browned, stirring frequently. Drain excess grease.
  2. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cover tightly. Simmer 45 minutes.
  3. Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend. Reheat before serving.

— Joyce Gates, Clovis, N.M.