Black-Eyed Peas and Tomato Stew (Vegan)

This hearty vegan black eyed peas and tomato stew with creole spices will transport you to New Orleans! It’s a perfect comfort dish that is also incredibly healthy. Pair it with cornbread for the perfect weeknight meal.

One of my many awakenings last summer was that I did not own a cookbook authored by a Black chef. I am familiar with cuisines from various parts of Africa, and I love Southern food, so I set out to research one that I would use, and that could even be friendly to my new vegan lifestyle. I discovered Afro-Vegan” by Bryant Terry. When I actually sat down to read his book, I fell in love with it. Terry is a renowned chef in the Bay Area as well as a food justice activist. As he states beautifully in “Afro-Vegan”, one of his main reasons for writing the book is to:

“…move Afro-diasporic food from the margins closer to the center of our collective culinary consciousness and to put its ingredients, cooking techniques, and flavor profiles into wider circulation. But there is more to the story than that. Because these riches have been hard-earned, under-acknowledged, and even exploited, using them wisely means coming to terms with the problematic narratives that surround them. There is a notable failure to acknowledge that the modern world is indebted to ancient Africans for basic farming techniques and agricultural production methods”….

-Bryant Terry

Why This Recipe Works

I read this cookbook cover to cover, and I plan on making so many of his recipes. This vegan blacked-eyed pea and tomato stew, adapted from one of Terry’s recipes, was very simple to make (perfect for a weeknight meal!) and has such great flavor. The creole seasoning is so delicious – a variety of earthy herbs and spices and just the tiniest bit of heat.

Growing up in Minnesota, I was pretty unfamiliar with black-eyed peas until well into my 20’s. My mother-in-law uses them in several dishes, and they are always delicious. I learned that black-eyed peas are actually a legume! I don’t know what I thought they were – a vegetable? Actual peas? Well, now I know. And I will be adding them to my rotation of beans and lentils.

In the original recipe, Terry calls for making cornbread croutons that come from another recipe in the book. They were delicious but a bit more labor intensive than I wanted. My recommendation would be to make a pan of regular ol’ cornbread, or even cornbread muffins, to pair with this stew. The slightly sweet cornbread pairs perfectly with the spices and gentle heat in the creole seasoning. It will transport you to New Orleans in no time.

a close up of vegan black eyed peas and tomato stew with cornbread croutons in a white bowl and the pot of stew in the background

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Black-Eyed Peas & Tomato Stew

This hearty and tangy stew with creole spices will transport you to New Orleans! It's a perfect comfort dish that is also incredibly healthy. Pair it with cornbread for the perfect weeknight meal.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups black-eyed peas, sorted and soaked in water overnight
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp Creole seasoning
  • 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable stock


  • Drain the black-eyed peas and rinse them well. Transfer to a medium saucepan and add enough water to cover by 2 inches.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat. Decrease the heat to medium-low, skim off any foam, and partially cover.
  • Simmer just until tender, 40 to 50 minutes. Stir in 1 tsp. of the salt and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain well.
  • Meanwhile, warm the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic, creole seasoning, and the remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and sauté until the garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, vegetable stock, and the black-eyed peas to the saucepan, stir, and bring to a simmer. Decrease the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes. Taste and season with more salt if desired.


Makes delicious leftovers!
Adapted from “Afro-Vegan” by Bryant Terry
Keyword black-eyed peas, creole, onions, stew, tomatoes


  1. I have never tried black eyed peas. I would like to try them!

  2. 5 stars
    This stew looks very flavorful and hearty. Love that it is vegan as well!

  3. 5 stars
    This sounds so good and flavorful! I love Cajun flavors this may be a new comfort food fav!

  4. Elizabeth

    5 stars
    We absolutely loved this recipe! Great way to use black eyed peas!

  5. 5 stars
    The stew sounds delicious! A perfect recipe for a vegan dinner.

  6. 5 stars
    This stew is such a delicious and comforting recipe! We love this recipe, so delicious with the black eyed peas. Can’t wait to make this again!

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