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Hot Black-Eyed Pea Dip

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

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.


  • 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
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern

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  1. I discovered this recipe maybe 4 years ago and have been making it every New Year since!!! Oh wait…actually , I’ve made it even when it wasn’t New Years…it’s just that good 😋!!! That’s saying something as I am not a fan of black-eyed peas but will eat them in this dish! Thanks soooooo much for sharing! ❤

  2. This was really good! I didn’t have any sour cream so substituted with a little extra cream cheese (maybe a little too much) and I added some minced garlic. Very easy and I will definitely make it again!

  3. This was so amazing! I made it and can’t stop eating it, so much texture and flavor. I was moved by your story too, and can relate as I lost my wife to stage 4 melanoma 7 years ago. It was a hard year after diagnosis and her strength and determination was what got us through those long challenging times. She loved cooking and this inspired me even more , thank you for sharing your story about your son and this delicious dip recipe! Be well in the New Year ✌️

  4. It’s was a great hot dip for New Year’s Eve get together. Everyone enjoyed it!
    Like a previous comment-no body likes black eyed peas. But this was a hit!

  5. Nobody in the family likes black-eyed peas. I fixed the recipe and served it up. No one knew the difference! Very good recipe! @spicysouthernkitchen

  6. This dip was excellent!
    It was creamy, spicy, hearty and meaty tasting.
    The casserole dish was clean in no time!
    I used Trappey’s Jalapeño Blackeye peas .
    Super yummy!

  7. Shandell Moss

    I didn’t have high hopes for this dish to turn out very tasty but I was so wrong! I used chopped candied jalapeños because that’s all that I had on hand. It tasted great with all of the ingredients before I added my candied jalapeños but let me tell you, those candied jalapeños made this dip other than worldly scrumptious! I’ll be making this every January for sure!

  8. Peggy Jacobs

    YUM! I made the dip for New Year’s Day 2022 to get in my New Year’s Day Good Luck Black-eyed Peas and to not hedge my bets I also made a mixture of black-eyed peas soup with garbanzos and great northerns!
    The dip was just the best!!
    Thank you and many blessings for you and your son since 2014!

  9. Ella Surrette

    I added cooked sausage and a few sauteed collard greens! It was my “all-in-one” New Years Day meal…lol Delicious. Thank you soooo much! Happy New Year!!

  10. I was surprised it was as good as it was. I could see adding sausage would make it even better ! Will make again . Happy New Year !

    1. Super delicious and so easy to make.. Made it for New Year’s, making again for Super Bowl. A real hit.

  11. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It is delicious, but knowing my family the way I do, I added a little taco seasoning. (They have an aversion to all things “bean.”) When making for myself, I’ll leave it exactly as written.

    1. Yum! I was looking for something different to do with my can of black-eyed peas for today, and just happened to have everything I needed to try this recipe. It’s delicious – I’m thinking black-eyed peas aren’t just for New Year celebrations any more! Thanks for a great recipe. Happy New Year everyone!

  12. Jennifer Adams

    Made this for new years just used fresh jalapeños instead of pickled everyone loved it and had a good year so far

    1. Cindy Dershem

      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.

    2. Shandell Moss

      I would think a small crockpot would do fine except for the cooking the onions in butter until soft part of the recipe.

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