Southern Black-Eyed Pea Chili is the stylish and slightly sweet new kid on the block/table. No Southern roots required, just maybe some good table manners 😉 because you’re gonna wanna just tip the bowl straight into your mouth… Srsly!
All these snowy Instagram pics have got me all starry-eyed for large bowls of chili overflowing with infinite amounts of cheesy, sour cream type toppings. So I did what any food blogger would and decided to make multiple varieties of chilis. Take pics of each one and share them with you all. Everyone wins!
I’m southern and love a good, truly southern, dish and this chili recipe are filled with all kinds of deep south-type ingredients for example:
- Black-Eyed Peas, obvy
- Pork Shoulder in a stew. Hello, southern
- Worcestershire Sauce, the secret of all southern sauces
- Brown Sugar, which is not inherently southern, but is sugar and we like our sugar down here
This stew, chili, depending on how much broth you add, packs a double-dinner punch. I see you scratching your head in confusion… What I mean is that you can get more than one type of meal out of this recipe. Once the chili is placed in the fridge it naturally thickens up and would require a little additional broth to thin it back out to a stew-like consistency UNLESS you wanted to place it on a toasted but and have Southern Black-Eyed Pea Chili Burgers! I mean, why would you not?!?!
There is also more than one way to cook this chili as well because well, it’s chili and there’s no right or wrong way. Personally, I prefer the super speedy Instant Pot, where you really just toss all your ingredients in and push a few buttons. That’s the kind of lazy cooking I like to live by. Then you’ve got the Slow Cooker, which is well slow but still get the job done and the equally slow stove top. Just as good options, but not as snappy.
If you too are dreaming of endless bowls of hot soups and chili after scrolling through pic afternoon pic of snow-covered pic then this chili if your answer to what to make for dinner.
Southern Black Eyed Pea Chili
Super Southern, super easy (hello InstantPot), Chili-type-stew recipe for your hearty winter dinner dreams. This stew has rich tasting ingredients such as pork shoulder, black-eyed peas, and riced cauliflower and is sooooo easy to make.
- Prep Time: 5 Mins
- Cook Time: 2 Hrs
- Total Time: -25315811.9 minute
- Yield: 8 - 10 Servings
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 3 lbs Pork Shoulder
- 2 cups Black Eyed Peas, dried
- 1 28-ounce can Crushed Tomatoes
- 1 15-ounce can Tomato Sauce
- 1 cup Frozen Riced Cauliflower
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
- 4 to 6 cups Beef Stock
- 1 tablespoons Cumin
- 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Set your Instant Pot to “saute” and add the Olive Oil and minced Garlic. Cook until garlic becomes fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add in the Pork Shoulder and brown all sides slightly. Turn Instant Pot to “off” setting.
- Add the Black Eyed Peas, Crushed Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce Riced Cauliflower, Brown Sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, and Beef Stock to the pot and press “meat/stew” button. Click the adjust button to increase the temp to 120 minutes (or 2 hours), seal and cook.
The cook time is going to depend on how big your piece of pork shoulder you use. I used a piece that was almost 5 lbs (kinda too big) and ended up having to add more and more beef stock. If needed keep adding 30 minutes to your pressure cooker until the meat pulls apart easily with two forks.
This stew also thickens when stored in the fridge. If this happens, add more beef stock to thin the stew out to desired consistency OR and this is AWESOME heat the stew, which is now super thick and serve it on burger buns. SO GOOD!