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Instant Pot Hoppin’ John

These Instant Pot Hoppin' John are not your traditional black-eyed peas. They are boldly flavored with a bit of spicy heat from Serrano pepper, red pepper flakes, fresh herbs, ham hock, sausage, veggies, and chicken broth. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword Instant Pot Hoppin' John
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 celery stalk and leaves diced
  • 3/4 red bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 poblano pepper diced
  • 1 serrano pepper finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 1 link sausage diced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 10- ounce can diced tomatoes and chilies


  1. Turn the Instant Pot on by clicking the Sauté button and set it to normal temperature. Once the inner pot has heated up, add the avocado oil and start sautéing the vegetables by beginning with the onion, celery, bell pepper, and Serrano pepper. Sauté the vegetables for 4 minutes.
  2. Add the diced sausage, ham hock, and garlic to the vegetables and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the bay leaves, thyme, parsley, seasonings, chicken broth, tomatoes and chilies, black-eyed peas, and sugar to the pot. Stir all of the ingredients. Cover the pot with the lid, set the Instant Pot to the Beans feature, and cook for 28 minutes.

  4. After the beans have fully cooked, allow the Instant Pot to release steam for at least 30 minutes naturally.The beans will infuse with even more flavor during this resting period. After the 30 minutes have elapsed, cover the pressure release valve with a towel, and turn the valve to release all steam and pressure.
  5. Serve the Hoppin’ John with cooked rice.