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Hot and Cheesy Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Hot and Cheesy Backeye Pea Dip  || Grab your baked tortilla chips and dig in!

Saturday nights in our household usually work like this.

Everyone: We’re hungry. What’s for dinner?

Me: I don’t know.


This is where I have to make that decision of whether or not we call out for pizza (which we probably had the night before, we love our Friday night pizza) or pull out some magic in the kitchen. Our Saturday nights during the last few months have usually been in front of the television watching college football…(we won’t talk about our sad Gator season, thank you very much)…so Saturday night food feels like it needs to be ‘snacky’ if you know what I mean.

My kids aren’t at the point of eating this black-eyed pea dip yet, so don’t be all impressed. They would get a toasted cheese pita or tortilla in this situation. Saturday nights are about survival people. And a good dip with a couple of good beers too.

I came across a hot bean dip recipe from one of my favorite healthy food blogs not long ago, and wanted to make it pretty much immediately. The problem was, I didn’t have the can of black beans the recipe called for. My bean stash was actually very low that day (which is not normal for me!), but I did have a lonely can of black-eyed peas in the pantry. Because beans are so versatile, I knew it would be delicious in a hot dip like this one. And I was right. We gobbled this dip right up while watching football…and served with baked tortilla chips made it that much more guilt free.

Hot and Cheesy Blackeye Pea Dip || Aggie's Kitchen

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Hot and Cheesy Blackeye Pea Dip


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, defrosted
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 15 oz can Bush's blackeye peas, rinsed and drained
  • big pinch salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded





  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large oven-safe skillet* (see note below), heat oil and add garlic and onion. Saute for a couple minutes until soft and fragrant. Add corn, tomatoes, oregano, cumin, smoked paprika and chili powder into skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes until tomatoes are slightly softened. Add blackeye peas and gently combine with other ingredients in pan. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Top with shredded monterey jack cheese and place in heated oven. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Serve hot with baked tortilla chips.

*If you do not have an oven-safe skillet or prefer not to use this method, saute all ingredients (except cheese) in a skillet first, then transfer to a baking dish, top with cheese and bake.

Recipe adapted from Jeanette’s Healthy Living

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19 comments on “Hot and Cheesy Black-Eyed Pea Dip”

  1. Um, okay, so whatever your kids don’t eat, I WILL.

    We TOTALLY missed you this weekend, Aggie. 🙁

  2. This looks so good!

    And so does that holiday candy mix on your sidebar 🙂

  3. Haha- I’m so hopeful that Kaylin will eat whatever…. but I know thats me just being unrealistic! I, on the other hand, would be all over this goodness!

  4. I would be perfectly happy with a bowl of this and various things to dip it with for dinner for sure!

  5. Looks so yummy! Never would have thought to use black-eyed peas in a dip!!

  6. we love black eyed peas so i’m always looking for new ways to try them–this is great!

  7. Looks absolutely wonderful…will go check it out 🙂

  8. I am all about dips – and this one looks sooo good!!

  9. I’m all over this! Forreals. And, I have black eyed peas in my cupboard! Guess what I’m making tomorrow!

  10. I’m terrible at cooking on the weekends too. This looks awesome!

  11. absolutely loving this dip girl!!

  12. this is perfect for a super bowl appetizer

  13. I can’t wait to make this for girls night Friday night! Will let you know how much we love it 🙂

  14. I love black-eyed peas! Did you know they’re good look come New Years? This looks like a delicious way to use them!

  15. This looks so good! I love snack-like dinners – they just hit the spot sometimes. And I love that you incorporated black-eyed peas. What a great way to add a little extra nutrition to your dip.

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  17. How did I miss this amazing recipe from 3 years ago?!? I want a GIANT bowl of it!! Pass the chips please.

  18. True story – I’ve never had black eyed peas! And looking at this, I’m wondering what has taken me so long!!! YUM!

  19. This is my kind of dip! Holy deliciousness!