Hot & Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Dip (and “In My Kitchen” for January 2021!)

Happy New Year 2021!

I am not a superstitious person, but for some reason I always try to have black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day.  Obviously, this year we want to eat our weight in Black-Eyed Peas!!!!!

Here are a few of the recipes featuring black-eyed peas that have made it to the holiday table in year’s past.

Happy New Year Hummus

Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Dip with Green Chiles

New Year’s Day Chili

Healthier Hoppin’ John

For this year’s holiday snacking, I present a great hot and spicy dip.

Hot Black-Eyed Pea Dip


This hot and spicy dip is the perfect way to ring in the New Year.


  • 1 T. dried onion flakes
  • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 1 c. sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 2 cans black-eyed peas, drained


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
    In a bowl of a stand mixer, combine onion flakes, green chiles, garlic, cream cheese and butter. Using the paddle attachment, mix until smooth.
  2. Add shredded cheddar and mix until combined.
  3. Add black-eyed peas, and mix just a few times until combined. It’s OK to smash a few of the beans but you want the majority to be intact.
  4. Prepare a glass baking dish with cooking spray. Spread mixture into prepared dish. Cover and back for 15 minutes. After fifteen minutes, remove cover and bake for another 15 minutes or until the top is golden and mixture is bubbly.
  5. The butter will separate out a bit as it cooks.  Stir the dip before serving.  Serve with tortilla scoops, frito scoops, or pita wedges.

Yield: 6-8

Prep Time: 10 mins.

Cook time: 30 mins.

Total time: 40 mins.

You can definitely make this dip ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to bake.  If so, add about 10-15 minutes to the baking time.    And, if you need to stretch the recipe, just add one more can of black-eyed peas.

This recipe was adapted from Our Country Cookin’, a collection of recipes from the Junior Social Workers of Chickasha, Oklahoma (1984).  It’s one of those great community cookbooks.  The original recipe also included four hot peppers and 1 lb. of Old English cheese and one cup of margarine.  Since one of these ingredients is non-existent anymore, I tried to copy the taste (as I remember it).   I omitted the hot peppers because I was using some spicy green chiles.

I’m also using today’s post for January’s “In My Kitchen.”   With Christmas gifts and gifts to self, there’s seems to be a lot happening.

New yari and bar set.  Back in the day when we would visit a pub or tavern (bar), I remember seeing bartenders and mixologists using beautiful crystal mixing decanters.   I thought they were just being retro.  I had no idea it was a “thing” until a recent Zoom tutorial on cocktails.  I had to order one immediately.

The yari is on the right with a lovely silver mixing spoon. The kit also came with some great round ice cube molds.

Kombucha.  If you recall, my sister gave me a kombucha  jar for my birthday last month.  I’ve bottled my first batch.  It’s super sweet so I need to adjust my recipe a bit.

Lemon, lemon-pineapple, apple cider, cranberry and pineapple flavors.

Placemats.  Also from my sister are these handcrafted placemats.  She calls them “Cabernet, Coffee and Q-bert” placemats.  She dyed twill tape with cabernet and coffee but she and the BiL thought the design resembled the old retro Q-bert video game.  I love the colors.

They’re shown here with a pinecone wreath that she also made for me a few Christmases ago.

Gift box from Mom.  Mom sent us a gift box containing organic coffee, pure vanilla, an “all-purpose” spice, and cinnamon.  (The box also contained some special soaps and vitamins. )

From mom, with love.

Wine.  My bestie and her family sent us three wonderful wines.  One of the rosés is made by Bon Jovi and his son.  That one might stay corked for a while since the label says it’s “better shared with friends.”

Saki set.  Our anniversary is a few days after Christmas and of course it was spent at home (which was still fabulous).  The Hubs decided he wanted to make Yakitori (which turned out delicious).  As I was shopping for our supplies I decided saki would be a good accompaniment.  What did I find on the half-off table in the back of the grocery store?  A saki set.  How could I refuse?

Happy Anniversary!!

Charcuterie and Cheese Boards.  I saw recently that charcuterie boards were the next big thing in 2021.  Well, we have been enjoying them for some time.  I did attend another virtual workshop on charcuterie board building and here is one we made along with the presenter in early December. 

We made another one last night to ring in the New Year!

Gifts for giving. We found a great local store recently that I had to highlight.  Instead of using an online company to send foodie gifts this year, we decided to put together our own food basket.  Even with postage it was cheaper and better.

We sent spicy pretzels, nuts, fudge, teas, candles and a few other items, all locally made.  The store is called Farm Hippie and if you’re ever in Collinsville, OK you must stop by this place!

Sushi ornaments.  Nephew II loves sushi and I happen to have a culinary themed Christmas tree.  When I saw these sushi and sashimi ornaments, I had to have them.  I hung them on the tree this year in his honor.

Speaking of trees….We usually don’t put up a tree because we are usually traveling during the holidays.  Since we were home-bound this Christmas, I decided I wanted to purchase an artificial tree.  (If we did put up a tree in the past, it was either one we cut from a local farm or a balled one that we could plant after the holidays.)   It was the week of December 7 that I decided all of this.  I went to Target but a 9″ pre-lit tree was $400.  Yep, not doing that.  So, I ordered one on Amazon.  I was desperately awaiting it’s arrival and watching the tracking on it.  At 7:09 PM, UPS said it had been delivered.  I went outside with a flashlight to search.


After 48 hours, I did a dispute with Amazon and they refunded my money.  But, I did not have a tree.  I finally decided to go to a big-box home store and see what they had.  I did find a lovely 9″ pre-lit tree on sale and bought it.   After spending the morning climbing the steps up and down to the attic to pull out decorations (some of which haven’t seen the light of day in ten or so years) AND climbing up and down a ladder to decorate the tree, I was done and more than pleased with my efforts.  Not five minutes after I was done decorating, the doorbell rang.  It was a neighbor from behind us.  He said he thought he had a package for us that had been misdelivered.

Yep, it was the lost tree.

So, I now have two 9″ trees in the house.   I even had enough ornaments to decorate them both, yet one does have all the foodie-ornaments from a small tree I used to put up in the kitchen.

There’s my curve ball for this  month—my two new Christmas trees.  It will be festive for many years to come around here.


I’m linking up with “In My Kitchen” hosted by Sherry’s Pickings.  

I’m also linking up with Weekend Cooking, hosted by Marg at The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader.  

Please have a very Happy New Year and continue to be safe and well!!!!

13 comments to Hot & Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Dip (and “In My Kitchen” for January 2021!)

  • Mae

    A cookbook from Chickasha, Oklahoma! We had friends who grew up there, but never have heard a mention of it by anyone else. So nice that you managed to have a Christmas tree and then another Christmas tree this year.

    Have a much better 2021! We all need a better 2021, don’t we?

    stay safe and healthy… mae at

  • The dip sounds so good loaded with cheese :-)) $400 for a 9″ pre-lit tree? How come so expensive in Target?? Amazon is cool. Hope the UPS guy didn’t get into trouble because of the wrong delivery.
    Both X’Mas trees are really beautifully decorated. Happy New Year to you and your family!

    • This dip makes a lot so we were noshing on it for a couple of days. It really does get better the longer it sets. I doubt the UPS guy even knew about his mistake. 🙂 Thanks, Angie.

  • Like you I am not a superstitious person either, but have got into a habit of cooking with black eye peas at the start of the year 🙂 As always so many delghtful things in your kitchen, Good to see your results with the Kombucha jar. i smiled when i read that one of the wines is made by Bon Jovi – in my youth i was a fan 🙂 Happy New Year to you too,

    • You made me smile. We went to see the band in concert. Somewhere I have a photo of us backside (in jeans of course) that one of my girlfriends took. (In fact, the same friend that gave us the wine.) Ah, youth!

  • Love your black-eyes pea dip. I have one that I make but it’s totally different. What a great snack to try for the playoffs. Lots of yummy things in your kitchen this month.

  • Liz

    Black eyed peas are a Southern custom and signify good luck for the year. Your dip sounds like a more interesting way to eat them. Love the wines, who knew Bon Jovi would have a winery! I’ve had the one Miraval one, it’s quite good.

    Love the sushi ornaments, I have quite a few fruits and vegetables on my tree as well. And lucky you having two trees to decorate. It’s one of my favorite parts of the holidays.

  • Your care gift looks amazing and I think I should look into Zoom tutorials on cocktails – but not right now as we have a booze ban in place. May 2021 be kind to you 🙂

  • Black eyed peas sound interesting, not sure I’ve ever tried them before! Those sushi ornaments are so cute 🙂

  • That dip looks terrific. I love dips, and definitely gotta try this one. 🙂 Good stuff — thanks.

  • thanks for joining us at IMK:-) Love the sake set and the placemats. very pretty. what a clever sister you have. Wishing you the best in 2021.