How many of you grew up eating blackeyed peas every New Year's Day for good luck? I think it must be a Southern tradition, because I mentioned it to my neighbor, and she'd never heard of such a thing.
Well, wherever the tradition came from, (I searched the tradition on Google, and didn't find a certain origin), I am continuing it with my family.
This year, instead of traditional blackeyed peas with bacon over cornbread (as it is usually served in the South), I made Blackeyed Pea Salsa. Super delicious, easy, and very healthy! Perfect for your New Year's health resolutions!
I pulled a bowl of it together in about 15 minutes. We devoured it during the afternoon football games! Lots of good fortune for us this year....though apparently our favorite football team didn't eat their blackeyed peas before the game. :(
Here's the recipe:
Blackeyed Pea Salsa
1 (15.5oz) can blackeyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 (15.5oz) can corn, drained
5 Roma tomatoes, chopped small
1/3 cup red onion, chopped small (about 1/4 whole onion)
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped small
1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Let sit about 30 minutes before serving. Store covered in refrigerator.
Serve with tortilla chips, tacos, fajitas, or just a spoon. :)