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Easy Black Eyed Pea Dip

Easy hot black eyed pea dip

Here in the South, one of our “good luck” foods to eat on New Year’s Day is black-eyed peas and I prefer to eat my good-luck food in a cheesy dip form if at all possible, so here is my recipe for hot black eyed pea dip that is delicious any time of year.

I seriously look forward to eating this black eyed pea dip every year New Year’s Day. I mean just look at that cheesy goodness! It’s nothing like the bean dip your mama made as a kid, trust me. 

I also think it’s a great easy party dip for any time (hello, Super Bowl Sunday) since it only takes about 5 minutes to make in a food processor. 

How Do You Make Black-Eyed Pea Dip? 

black-eyed peas in a colander

This wouldn’t be an easy black eyed pea dip recipe if it had a lot of complicated steps, right? Here’s how you make this hot black-eyed pea dip:

  • Open the cans of black eyed peas and rinse them with cool water in a colander. 
  • Toss the beans in a food processor along with the cream cheese, spices, and garlic. 
  • Spread the dip in a pie plate, cover with shredded cheese, and bake for about 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven. 

Easy, right? This recipe uses canned beans but if you want to use dried beans instead, use about 1 1/4 cups dried black-eyed peas that have been soaked and cooked until tender to make this delicious black-eyed pea dip.

Cheesy hot black eyed pea dip in a pie plate

I usually make the dip in a pie plate such as this lovely handmade one we got as a wedding present. But any shallow baking dish will work. 

I think you’ll enjoy this easy hot black eyed pea dip recipe so much you’ll find an excuse to make it several times each year, not just on New Year’s Day. 

Adapted from Black-Eyed Pea Dip from Epicurious

Yield: 6-8 appetizer servings

Cheesy Hot Black Eyed Pea Dip

Cheesy Hot Black Eyed Pea Dip

A cheesy hot bean dip made with black eyed peas.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 15 oz. cans of black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 garlic cloves (or 2 tsp minced garlic)
  • 1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I use a Mexican blend but cheddar is fine)
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • Tortilla chips or pita chips


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add peas, garlic, spices, and cream cheese to a large food processor. Blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer dip to a pie plate or shallow baking dish (can be prepared up to a day in advance - cover and refrigerate if making in advance).
  4. Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly on top.
  5. Bake until heated through and cheese is melted (about 20 minutes).
  6. Sprinkle green onions on top and served with chips.
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