New Year’s Day and black eyed peas just go together, right? These Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas bring vibrant Mexican flavors to a southern classic – Black Eyed Peas Borracho Style!
A New Year’s Eve tradition throughout the south, there is evidence that eating black eyed peas for good luck dates back to 500 A.D. to the Jewish holiday Rosh Hoshanah and the Jewish New Year. The tradition of eating black eyed peas with rice originated in Africa, though, and spread throughout the South (especially the Carolinas).
As I write this post, I am in Davidson, North Carolina with 3 of our 4 sons, one daughter-in-law, and our 2 little grandsons. I have enjoyed black eyed peas on many occasions in the form of hoppin’ john – black eyed peas, a pork product such as bacon or salt pork, and collard greens. In fact, I made a pot to go with our son’s smoked ribs!
So why are black eyed peas lucky? One legend suggests that during the Civil War, black eyed peas were left behind after the Union army pillaged the Confederate supplies. Black eyed peas were considered animal food, and while the Union soldiers turned up their noses at them, the Confederate soldiers felt lucky to have supplies to get them through the winter. They became a symbol of good luck.
Have you ever had a pot of black eyed peas on New Year’s Day? I have, but only once or twice in my 60 years. I’m thinking this healthy black eyed peas recipe may change all that…
My inspiration for borracho style black eyed peas came from the Borracho Blackeyed Peas on the menu at the Dodging Duck Brewhaus in Boerne, Texas. Given my earlier post for Instant Pot Vegan Borracho Beans, this black eyed peas recipe came together in a flash!
How to Make Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas
Ingredients for Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas
Black Eyed Peas Cooking Steps
I don’t often do a “dump and go” Instant Pot recipe, so this is an exception rather than the rule… other than prepping some fresh garnishes – cilantro, jalapeños, and limes – that’s really all there is to it!
- Add all ingredients but the garnishes to the Instant Pot.
- Close and lock the lid.
- Cook under high pressure 30 minutes. De-pressurize after 10 minutes.
- Remove and bone the smoked turkey leg, then add back to the pot.
- Serve garnished as desired.
Tips and FAQ for the Best Black Eyed Peas
Do I have to add the beer? Nope! However, it is beer that provides the “borracho” flavor. You can substitute an equal amount of water or stock.
Can I substitute other dried beans? Yes. You may need to adjust the cooking time. See this cooking times chart for times (general reference only).
Can I freeze my cooked Borracho Style Black Eyed Peas? Yes. Place them in zip bags with that delicious liquid. They will be fine in the freezer for 6 months. Thaw them in a pan on the stove over low heat.