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Black Eyed Pea Dip

January 17, 2020 by Ginger Hultin MS RDN

When’s the last time you ate black eyed peas? Up here in Seattle in the Pacific Northwest, it’s not a food that seems to come up often. I see chickpeas on the menu most often these days – and they’re wonderful, too. My clients often ask me which bean is best to eat but the only answer to that is: they’re all amazing for you. Enter this Black Eyed Pea Dip that you can use absolutely all-year long. 

I think of these beans more as a part of Southern cuisine. In fact, the tradition of eating black eyed peas dates back to the American Civil War where they were enjoyed by troops. They were also part of enslaved people’s cuisine and were used to celebrate freedom when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on Jan 1, 1863. This is one reason they are a typical “New Year” food. Beans should be eating year-round, but I wanted specifically to make this Black Eyed Pea Dip for a house party on New Year’s Eve. 

I’m a registered dietitian so I’m all about making healthier dishes to serve at parties. Food has to taste good – that’s a must – but I just can’t serve unhealthy foods to people I care about. Bean-based appetizers are perfect as a snack, to take to a party, or as a lunch or dinner because they’re incredibly healthy and delicious. Packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, these nutrients provide a nutrient-rich, satisfying, and filling meal. This dip also travels and saves well.


Eat more beans all the time

Really we should all be eating beans all the time. Many of my clients tell me that they enjoy them but they forget about them. Beans on their own are rather bland so it’s very important that you season and flavor them up so that they taste wonderful. Think about beans as a replacement to meat or an add-on to bean dishes. An obvious choice would be chili which is so easy to add beans to but they are so versatile for soups and dips. You can toss them in taco and casserole recipes. 

As far as beans go, I really focus on buying canned varieties. Rinsing them gets rid of some of the gas-producing liquid and they’re affordable and easy. You can keep them in your cupboard to use whenever you need for a quick dinner or lunch on the go. I use beans in recipes several times every week. 

One of the major benefits of beans is how much fiber they have. This is directly correlated with lowering bad cholesterol “LDL” as well as lower rates of colorectal cancer. That’s a very big benefit for including a healthy food in your diet. 

Other Appetizer Recipes

I have lots of appetizer recipes on the blog because I go to a lot of parties and I entertain a lot as well but I really don’t have time to be spending on making elaborate dishes to contribute. I keep it super simple and healthy. I use on-hand, whole-food ingredients and I focus on dishes I can whip up in minutes. 

This Crostini with Beans, Ricotta, Honey, and Thyme is so amazing – not vegan – but amazing. It’s so creamy and very filling because of the combination of fiber, healthy fat and protein.

And my Kalamata Olive Tapenade IS vegan and it’s so savory and flavorful with the capers. This is a really must-make recipe. 

Making Black Eyed Pea Dip

This gorgeous dip is actually really easy to make and better yet, it’s a make-ahead recipe, too. One of my biggest struggles in making it actually was finding black eyed peas! It probably depends on where you live but they may not be the most common food up here where I live. I was shopping around New Year’s so I was surprised at my local grocery store there were no cans or dried varieties in the bean aisle. I almost gave up but then they caught my eye in the produce area. I really was desperate for black eyed peas because I bought two containers of super expensive, originally grown in California, fresh varieties. They did taste amazing though.

Once I had my fresh beans, I just followed the instructions in cooking them. That classic bean foam formed on the top – that’s the gas-producing stuff – so I scooped it out in hopes of making them more digestible. If you want to make your life easier, just buy a canned variety and rinse them off. Then you’re good to go!

When you’re making this dip, start with the dressing first. Grab a medium bowl and whisk the olive oil, lime juice, cumin, hot sauce, salt and pepper together. Feel free to add or subtract the amount of cumin, hot sauce and salt that you’re using. These flavors are totally up to you! I will say that it’s generally a very mild-flavored dish and so adding in a bright and zesty dressing helps a lot to make it irresistible.

Next, in a large bowl, combine those beans and veggies. I’d suggest leaving out the avocado until right before you serve it. Though there’s a lot of lime juice in the dressing, you do risk the avo turning brown and I just hate that for a party.

I will advise you to stick generally with the ingredients that are listed here. Personally, I don’t care for green onion. When I first tasted my recipe, I was like, ‘this needs more green onion’. There’s just something about the depth of flavor that really lends itself to a nice dish.

Another polarizing ingredient is cilantro. To many people, it tastes like soap. There’s a lot of cilantro in this dish. If you really don’t care for it, feel free to replace with another bright green like parsley. It also has a zesty flavor that complements the Black Eyed Pea Dip.

I highly suggest serving the dip with corn chips. That actually makes the whole dish gluten-free as well as nut free, soy-free, and vegan. Enjoy!

Vegan Black Eyed Pea Dip with Avocado

Black Eyed Pea Dip

A simple, easy, make-ahead vegan dip for your next party.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Americana
Keyword: blackeyedpeadip, easy vegan recipe, vegan recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 170kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce (tabasco, Sriracha, etc.)
  • 3 cups black eyed peas rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups corn fresh, canned or frozen (thawed)
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced (green and white parts)
  • 1 ripe avocado cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup cilantro roughly chopped


  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk the olive oil, lime juice, cumin, salt, pepper, and hot sauce together.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the black-eyed peas, corn, bell pepper, onions, and avocado. Fold gently to combine.
  • Sprinkle with cilantro then drizzle with the dressing.
  • Fold to combine once more and serve with corn chips, crackers, or veggies.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6.5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 543mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2.2g
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  1. Ginger Hultin on February 1, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Thank you! It’s a good one for sure

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Ginger Hultin,MS, RD, CSO

Integrative nutrition specialist helping clients navigate complex health conditions to reduce inflammation and feel better.

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