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Wild Rice Hoppin' John (Gluten-Free)

The classic Southern dish of Hoppin' John gets a colorful and nutritious boost from peppers, scallions and whole grain wild rice. Gluten-free and DELICIOUS!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr 45 mins
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy healthy green smoothie, gulten free, hoppin' john, recipe, southern, wild rice
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 273kcal
Author: Root + Revel Collective


Black-Eyed Peas

  • 1 pound fresh black-eyed peas
  • 1 slice thick-cut, nitrate-free organic bacon
  • 1 yellow onion , halved
  • 3 cloves garlic , peeled
  • 3 fresh bay leaves


  • 2 slices thick-cut, nitrate-free organic bacon, diced
  • 1 white onion , diced
  • 1 organic red bell pepper , diced
  • 1 small jalapeño , diced
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 cup whole grain wild rice
  • 2 1/2 cups bone broth
  • 6 scallions , sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


For the black eyed peas:

  • In a large Dutch oven, combine the peas, bacon, onion, garlic, and bay leaves with 2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until the peas are tender, about 45 minutes. Note: the peas should be al dente, not mushy.
  • Place a colander in a large glass bowl and drain the peas, reserving the cooking liquid. Discard the onion, bacon, garlic and bay leaves. Set the peas aside.

For the rice:

  • To the same dutch oven, over medium-high heat, add the diced bacon and cook until crispy, about 5-7 minutes. Add the onion, bell pepper, jalapeno and garlic and saute until the onions and peppers are soft, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the thyme and wild rice and toast the rice for 2 minutes, stirring halfway through to evenly brown.
  • Add chicken broth and bump up the heat to high. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the rice is tender, about 45-60 minutes.
  • Once the rice is cooked through, add the reserved black eyed peas and scallions and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and adjust to taste. If the hoppin' john is too dry, add 1/4 cup at a time of the reserved pea liquid, until the mixture is moist, but not soup-like.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy good luck for the rest of the year!


Calories: 273kcal