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Hoppin John - a slow carb cajun stew

Course Main Course
Keyword cajun stew, holiday food, hoppin john, new years stew, slow carb stew
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 463kcal
Author dorothy stainbrook


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 ham hocks
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 cup bell peppers chopped (orange or red if available)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 tsp each of dried thyme cumin, smoked paprika or smoked chipotle spice, and cayenne
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch collard greens rinsed and coarsely chopped
  • 14 oz Black-eyed peas canned
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • 3-4 strips bacon optional


  • Heat oil in large soup pot, add the ham hock(s) and sear on all sides for 4 min.
  • Add the chopped onion, celery, pepper and garlic. Stir together and cook for 4 minutes.
  • Add the stock and seasonings, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 30 min or longer
  • Add collard greens, peas and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
  • Fry up bacon and add as a garnish to the stew. I also added more bacon the next day because we ate the ham hocks but there was still stew left.


Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 22g | Sodium: 556mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3681IU | Vitamin C: 77mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 5mg