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Spicy Black-eyed Pea Soup

  • Serves 6-8.


  • 2-1/2 cups dried black-eyed peas
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter or vegetable oil
  • 3 small yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6-8 cups chicken stock or water
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 bunch oregano leaves, roughly chopped
  • Sour cream or plain yogurt for garnish


Place beans in a saucepan and cover with a generous quantity of water. Bring to a boil and cook, uncovered, until beans are tender, about 1 hour. Meanwhile melt butter in a heavy-bottomed stockpot, add onions, and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook two more minutes. Add dry spices and fry gently until aromas are released.

Drain excess water off beans and add to stockpot, along with salt and stock or water. Cook gently over low heat until flavors are combined, about 20 minutes. Add tomatoes, brown sugar, and oregano, and cook an additional 10 minutes. Serve hot, garnished with sour cream or plain yogurt.

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