Black eyed pea salsa

Black Eyed Pea Salsa

My mother is very superstitious. I don’t consider myself to be. However, I intentionally don’t walk under ladders, and I might worry a bit if I broke a mirror.

Here we are, the New Year is upon us. Every year, my mother opens a can of black eyed peas and insists we all take at least one bite. Because if we don’t, the sky will collapse on us. Or the earth might fall out of orbit. Something huge will happen.


This year, I decided to give black eyed peas a chance. Instead of eating a bite from a can, I’m making something we’re all willing to try. Traditionally, we watch the Rose Bowl on New Years Day. This year, we’ll be putting a spin on a classic game-day favorite snack. Bring on the black eyed pea salsa!

Pre-made ingredients

I made this the easy way, with mostly pre-made store-bought ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:

2 cups Pico de Gallo (basic tomatoes, onions, jalepeƱos, cilantro mixture)
2 cup mild salsa
1 cup sweet yellow corn
1 cup black eyed peas
1 bunch of cilantro
1 bag of “scoop” tortilla chips
salt and pepper to taste

Cook your black eyed peas as directed. I like mine soft, so I cook about 2 minutes longer than directed. While your peas are cooking, mix your pico de gallo, salsa, corn, salt and pepper. Chop your cilantro.

Chopped Cilantro

Once the peas are done cooking, let them cool. Once cool, add them to your salsa mixture.

Salsa mixture

Arrange your scoop chips on a serving platter, fill each chip with your salsa, garnish with cilantro.

Game day black eyed pea salsa

Now you have a super easy, game-day appetizer. And the sky won’t fall because you ate your black eyed peas to kick off the New Year!


  1. Carrie

    I am SO making this….minus the corn :-)

  2. Cam

    Don’t tell mom! I hate for her to think that we listen to her! ;)

  3. Judie

    Be sure to use a hot salsa, the spicier the better. And yes you need to eat Black Eye Peas on New Years Day!

  4. That looks delicious! I think I may make it! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. Sharon

    Does D get a free-pass since you put cilantro in it?

  6. DIStherapy

    This looks so tasty AND healthy- great beginnings to 2014!!

  7. I just made a variation of this “dip” for Christmas!! In fact, we are still eating on it! I have never thought of it for our New Year’s black eyed pea fix!! Great idea!

  8. Yum, looks delicious! I have to try it! I had never heard of black eyed peas bringing good luck, just lentils. So, now we’ll be adding black eyed peas to our lucky lentils!! Happy New Year!!

  9. Shopping for black eyes peas today! Love this recipe!

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