Hot Black-Eyed Pea Dip

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Creamy and cheesy Hot Black Eyed Pea Dip to bring you lots of good luck and prosperity in the New Year. Serve with tortilla chips for a delicious party food.

Hot Black-Eyed Pea Dip -perfect for New Year's or football parties.

Every New Year should be started with black-eyed peas to insure good luck and prosperity in the year to come. We could all probably use a little extra of both. Served with tortilla chips, this warm and cheesy Black-Eyed Pea Dip makes a delicious southern party food or appetizer. It’s full of cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, plus a can of Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilies. A can of Rotel always livens up a dip. I’ve also added some diced jalapeno peppers for some heat.

Seasoned Black-Eyed Peas

I like to use Margaret Holmes seasoned Black-Eyed Peas because they have so much wonderful flavor. You could use unseasoned black-eyed peas instead, but I would add some Season salt and maybe some garlic powder to the dip to add some more flavor.

Hot, Cheesy Black-Eyed Pea Dip. Great for New Year's or Superbowl party.


Where oh where did 2014 go? So much has happened this year but it feels like it went by lightening fast. 2014 was the year we kicked cancer to the curb, hopefully for good. (My 17 year old son was diagnosed with Stage 3 Testicular Cancer in November 2013. He is now healthy and happy and I couldn’t feel more blessed.)

Hot, Cheesy Black-Eyed Pea Dip. Perfect for New Year's or Superbowl party.


But we want to keep the lessons we learned from cancer close to our hearts as we go into the new year. There are so many people hurting and in need. Be sure you treat everyone with kindness beacsue you have no idea the life challenges they face. You never know just how much good there is in the world until you experience something really bad. The kindness of friends, neighbors, family, even strangers was at times overwhelming to me. There’s nothing like seeing your child face a life-threatening disease to make you realize what is important in life. And that most of what we work ourselves up over is really, really small stuff. Each of us has an amazing amount of strength within ourselves we can tap into. A few years ago I never would have thought I could get through what I had to this past year and not fall completely apart. But love, especially a mother’s love, can do just about anything. We can’t let our fears control us. Every time I get afraid to do something, I think about the courage my son fought cancer with. And I think about all the other children out there who have to get up each day and deal with stuff most adults can’t even fathom. So when I find myself in an uncomfortable situation, afraid to try something new, or my fears are getting the best of me I have to stop myself and think about how many people in this world are facing much harder challenges than I am. Life isn’t fair. You can choose to make the best of it. Or not make the best of it.

Hot, Cheesy Black-Eyed Pea Dip. Perfect for New Year's or Superbowl party.

So out of bad comes much good and my son, Chase,  is taking his cancer experience and trying to do good with it. He has formed a nonprofit organization called The Cancer Chase to raise money for cancer research. There will be a Cancer Chase 5K in Fort Mill, SC on February 14, 2015 and all proceeds will benefit Carolinas Healthcare System’s Levine Cancer Institute. If you live in the Charlotte area and would like to participate you can register for the 5k or 1 mile Fun Run here. (Click “register now” on the right hand side.) If you would just like to donate to the cause, you can register to “sleep in for the cause” for $20.

chase collage

During Chemo and After

Chase appreciates your support! Hot Black-Eyed Pea Dip. Perfect for New Year's or Superbowl party.

Here’s to a New Year! I hope that each one of you will find much love, happiness, good health, and strength to face what life throws at you.

Hot, Cheesy Black-Eyed Pea Dip. Perfect for New Year's or Superbowl party.

Watch the video below to see how to make Black-Eyed Pea Dip.

Hot Black-Eyed Pea Dip -perfect for New Year's or football parties.

Hot Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 6
Calories: 204kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Creamy and cheesy Hot Black Eyed Pea Dip to bring you lots of good luck and prosperity in the New Year. Serve with tortilla chips for a delicious party food.
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  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon finely chopped pickled jalapenos
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 (10-ounce) can Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can seasoned black-eyed peas, drained
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese or cheddar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt butter in a pan and add onion. Cook until soft.
  • Add remaining ingredients to pan EXCEPT shredded cheese. Stir to evenly mix and remove from heat. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Transfer dip to a greased cast iron skillet or baking dish. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
  • Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until warm and cheese is melted.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.


Calories: 204kcal

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34 thoughts on “Hot Black-Eyed Pea Dip

    1. Yes I use a big crock pot and double the recipe it is the first thing gone at all my parties. I have been making this for years! Very good with Pita Chips as well.

    1. You are clueless. Clearly. Be more aware of what is going on around you. Best wishes to Christin and your son and family!! Happy New Year!!

  1. I have been making this recipe for several years now and we love it! This is recipe is liked by all even the ones that don’t like black-eyed peas!

  2. Made this along with my usual black eyed pea and artichoke dip for our New Year’s Day party. Folks went wild over this one, so I am making again to take to a party this Friday. Thanks for the great recipe – this one will not just be for New Year’s!

    I wish you good health and success inthe coming year.

  3. I don’t like black eyed peas much at all, but we eat them every New Year. I usually only have a spoonful. Found this recipe and it is absolutely delicious! This will be a yearly favorite now. It was demolished pretty quickly! Thanks so much for the great recipe!

  4. Christin, this recipe is amazing, and I’d love to make it, as I love the cheesy goodness. But more importantly – this is an AMAZING post. I love your message, your perspective, your strength and the love of your family. God bless you, your amazing son and your entire family. Love, good health and best wishes to all of you for 2015 and beyond. xoxo

  5. I can relate to everything you stated about life and sweating the small stuff after you watch your child go through chemo. I have also watched my son beat cancer! It definitely gives you a new perspective on life. I am happy for you and your family. Hope you a have a blessed 2015.

    1. It really does change your perspective. I find myself wanting a much simpler life now without so many distractions. Thanks for commenting Natalie and I hope you and your family have a blessed 2015!

  6. This is such a wonderful post, Christin. You inspire me with how much courage and strength you showed while going through everything. I am so glad that Chase is doing better now and sending my best thoughts and wishes for a happy and healthy 2015. *hugs* Love this dip too, it looks phenomenal!

  7. Made this today. VERY good. Did not have Rotel so used 15oz can petite diced tomatoes. Also, the pickled jalapenos I have are not hot so I chopped up about 1/4-1/3 a cup. Also added 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce for a little zip. Otherwise followed recipe. My family really enjoyed this!! Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!

  8. Christin this is such a wonderful post – your grace and courage and attitude in face of adversity is so inspiring! I am so glad you son is healthy now – wishing you all a wonderfully healthy and happy 2015!
    Oh, and btw, this black eye pea dip is amazing!

  9. Chase and his “mama” are so very strong and a great inspiration for all of us that suffer. Wishing the best of luck for the coordinating team of the fun run. Big hug coming your way Christin!

    This dip looks amazing. I made a black eyed bean dip with chips but your steamy hot cheesy version looks amazing. Wishing you a super 2015!

  10. I just can’t imagine going through what you guys have been through. Seeing your kids hurting is the hardest thing in the world — I’m so glad he’s doing better now! This dip looks warm and cheesy — perfect for a cold New Years!

  11. What a wonderful post! The bean dip is something that I would literally like to face plant in. That looks amazing. My post today is also a recap of the year. Cancer is a scary thing, and I never thought it would hit me like it did. But, so much good has come from the situation. I’m so thankful that Chase and my momma received good reports this year. I love what you have written. May this year be full of blessings for you and your family.

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