Hoppin' John Dip

Black-eyed peas are traditionally served on New Year's to bring good luck. Turn the soul food staple into this tasty dip for a party-ready app!
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hoppin' john dip

Recipe by Renae E. Wilson

This recipe originally appeared in our Holiday 2020 issue. Get the magazine here.

Start to Finish: 25 minutes


  • 1 can (15 oz.) black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped 
  • 1 tomato, chopped 
  • 8 oz. cooked bacon, chopped
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced 
  • Chips, for serving


In 8-by-8-inch dish, lightly smash the black-eyed peas with a fork. Stir in 1/2 tsp. garlic powder and 1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning; season. Spread in an even layer in dish. In bowl, stir cream cheese, the remaining garlic powder and Cajun seasoning, the lemon juice, and 1 tbsp. warm water; season. Dollop over beans; spread in even layer. Top with remaining ingredients. Serve with chips.