Spicy Black-Eyed Pea and Tomato Stew

July 27, 2011


This is what I call a summer hodgepodge meal. I had a pantry full of veggies and a very empty belly. So I made a spicy black-eyed pea and tomato summer stew- and you should too!

Ingredients: (makes 4 servings)

2 cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed (if using dry beans, cook fully before adding them to the stew)

3 Tablespoons olive oil

1 cup finely chopped onion

1 clove minced garlic

1 chopped zucchini (any veggies would work here, celery might be nice!)

2 cups peeled and chopped tomatoes (or 1 can diced tomatoes)

1 cup water

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon coriander

2 Tablespoons chopped pickled (or fresh) jalapenos, plus a teaspoon of juice

Directions: Heat olive oil, onions and garlic on medium high heat. Cook until onions are slightly browned.


Add the zucchini and cook for about three minutes. If using fresh tomatoes, add them in with the zucchini.


Next, add black-eyed peas.


Then, add the canned tomatoes, water, spices, jalapenos (and juice) and stir. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer to thicken up (about 10 min).


Give it a taste and add more spice if you like. I like a lot of heat in mine.


Serve it up hot and steamy.


A few these corn muffins on the side make a delicious addition.


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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Thank you! :)

Francine05 July 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Nice solution to the too-many-tomatoes problem.
I will add some fresh corn.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 29, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Great idea!

Charissa July 28, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I love a good stew with whole wheat homemade bread with slashes of butter on it! Yup. Looks so lovely and cozy.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 29, 2011 at 7:40 am

Thanks, Charissa!

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Aparna E. July 28, 2011 at 8:47 am

YUM!! Talk about a soup packed full of nutrients and protein. Plus it’s spicy! Great recipe. Thanks for sharing :)

Baking N Books July 28, 2011 at 1:04 am

Jennifer – I absolutely love this. Zucchini is my favorite. I eat it like I’d eat apples – straight up peel and all! Washed of course ;)

I hesitate from soups re: thinness and I like a hearty meal – hence a stew with some bulk sounds perfect! :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 28, 2011 at 8:14 am

I too love a good zucchini! Hope you enjoy this dish!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm

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Janee Juliano July 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I wish I had some NOW – I wonder what the coriander does to the flavor – I will have to find out. . .

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 27, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Coriander makes veggies so much better, do it!

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