Spicy Black-eyed Peas

From Patricia Mitchell's article on black-eyed pea recipes.
Ingredients:
  • 1 pound dried blackeyed peas
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 pound bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 cup bacon drippings
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 14-ounce can of whole tomatoes, drained and crushed
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Preparation:
  1. Wash and pick over peas. In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine peas and water, and bring to a boil; reduce heat and cook on low heat, covered, for 30 minutes.
  2. Add all other ingredients and cook on low heat, covered, 1 to 1-1/2 hours, or until peas are tender.

You get better tomatoes if you use canned whole tomatoes and crush them yourself than if you buy the crushed tomatoes. Do not use canned "stewed" tomatoes.

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