Lucky Hoppin? John


Eating Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day is an old Southern custom for good luck in the new year, but this recipe is terrific any day at all. This vegetarian version gets its flavors from smoked tofu, not the usual smoked pork. If you freeze and then thaw the tofu, it will crumble nicely. 

  • 8Servings


  • 2 Tbs. canola oil
  • 2 cups diced onion
  • 1 Tbs. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbs. cider vinegar
  • 2 cups (1 lb.) black-eyed peas, sorted, soaked overnight and drained, or 6 cups fresh or frozen
  • 6 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 8 oz. smoked tofu, crumbled
  • 2 cups finely diced green, red, yellow and orange bell peppers
  • 2 Tbs. minced hot red pepper, optional
  • 1 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground thyme


Heat 3-qt. Dutch oven over medium heat, and add oil. Sauté onion and garlic about 8 minutes, or until golden. Add vinegar, and shake pan until dry. Add black-eyed peas and stock, bring to a boil and cover. Reduce heat to medium and cook 35 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients, replace cover and cook over low heat 25 minutes, or until rice is tender.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 380
  • Carbohydrate Content: 63 g
  • Fat Content: 7 g
  • Fiber Content: 12 g
  • Protein Content: 19 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 660 mg
  • Sugar Content: 10 g