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A vegan Instant Pot Spicy Southern Black Eyed Peas Stew is perfect for ringing in the New Year or just about anytime. This dish has all of the flavor of a Hoppin' John without the meat. #vegan #glutenfree #blackeyedpeas #cajun HolyCowVegan.net
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Instant Pot Spicy Southern Black Eyed Peas Stew

A perfectly seasoned Instant Pot Spicy Southern Black Eyed Peas Stew is a great way to end a good year and begin a great new one. Serve this with a bowl of rice or crusty bread. A vegan, nut-free, gluten-free recipe, can be soy-free and made without any added oil.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course/Stew
Cuisine: American, nut-free
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 98kcal


  • 1 ½ cups dry black eyed peas (soaked for 30 minutes and drained before use)
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil (or any vegetable oil). For a version with no added oil, use ¼ cup vegetable stock to saute.
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced or crushed)
  • 1 large onion (finely diced)
  • 2 green bell peppers (diced)
  • 2 stalks celery (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 2 roasted red bell peppers (chopped)
  • 4 large crimini mushrooms (finely diced)
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari or liquid aminos. Skip for a soy-free version and just use more salt to your taste)
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Parsley (optional, for seasoning)


  • Set the Instant Pot to saute and add the oil or ¼ cup vegetable stock for an oil-free version. When it's hot, add the onions, celery and green bell peppers along with the garlic and salt and black pepper to taste. Saute for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste along with the thyme, Cajun seasoning, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, kale and soy sauce and mix well. Add the black eyed peas and the vegetable stock. Give everything a good stir and add more salt and ground black pepper if needed.
  • Place the lid on the IP and set it to the "chili" function. When the stew is cooked, you can either release the pressure manually after 10 minutes, or leave the IP alone until all of the pressure has released. Check for salt, and add more if needed. Stir in the parsley if using.
  • Serve hot with crusty bread or rice.


Calories: 98kcal | Protein: 5.3g | Fat: 1.3g | Potassium: 447mg | Fiber: 3.9g | Sugar: 4.3g | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2.2mg