This Cabbage and Black-Eyed Pea Soup is packed with black-eyed peas, onions, bell pepper, cabbage, and tomatoes! Perfect for New Years!
Last week I pulled into my driveway and saw our yellow lab standing in the front yard. Our dog, who was supposed to be in the house, who has chewed his way out of a metal kennel, was in the front yard. I thew the car in park (never turned it off) and flung my door open and started screaming his name. HOW WAS HE OUT?! DID HE CHEW THROUGH THE WALL?! and WHERE IS ZINK?! (our Husky)
He ran right to me and loved all over me, and when I looked him in the face I realized this was not our dog.
It was someone else’s yellow lab, that happened to look just like our Copper. The dog didn’t have a collar on and didn’t look familiar at all, but I could tell he was someone else’s pet, he was fat, sassy, and a sweetheart. He had a home, and I was certain they missed him. So, I found a spare collar and leash and proceeded to spend the next hour and a half walking around our neighborhood.
When I started our journey around the neighborhood I knew someone would claim him, but as I approached the last row of houses I got nervous. What do I do if nobody claims him? Do I put him in our back yard for the night? Do I welcome him into our home with two other ginormous dogs? I would NEVER take a dog to the pound so obviously that was out. But how in the world do I tell Mr. Maebell?
I knocked on every. single. door. and no one claimed my new little friend.
We started the walk back to our house. I had decided the best way to break this to Mr. Maebell was to distract him with an early Christmas present and food. I had my you-knew-i-was-a-dog-lover-when-we-got-married-so-you-should-know-what-you-got-yourself-into speech all ready.
As we turned the corner onto my street a truck pulled up next to me and yelled “Finway!” my new little friend turned in excitement. He had been found.
Turns out Finway had gotten out of his house when some children left a door open during a Christmas party. He had been missing for 24 hours when they found him. His Mom cried and the Dad was obviously revealed. It was the kind of reunion that only a real animal lover could appreciate. A part of their family was gone, and now it was back.
Later that night Mr. Maebell walked in and asked me how my day was. I smiled and said “It was good, I met a new friend.”
This Cabbage and Black-Eyed Pea Soup was the best way to end a long day! It is packed with black eyed peas, onions, bell pepper, cabbage, and tomatoes! It has a hint of spice to give it a little kick but definitely still mild enough kiddos would enjoy it too. And, it happens to be absolutely perfect for New Years!
20 minPrep Time
1 hrCook Time
1 hr, 20 Total Time
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 3 cups cabbage, chopped small
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 (10 ounce) can of tomatoes with green chilies, undrained
- 1 (16 ounce) package of frozen black eyed peas
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
- 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (32 ounces) carton chicken broth
- 1 cup of water
- Heat a large pot to medium high. Brown ground beef and drain off any fat.
- Add the chopped onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until softened.
- Add spices, stir well.
- Add in the remaining ingredients (do not drain any of the cans) and stir well.
- Bring mixture to a slight simmer, then reduce to medium low, cover, and let cook for at least one hour or up to 90 minutes.
- Slow Cooker Version:
- Follow steps 1-3 add ingredients to a large slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
Check out these Easy Crock Pot Recipes!
Leave your email below for more healthy slow cooker recipes!