I may be partial to this Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John Recipe just because it has my husband’s name in it. 🙂
That is probably not the best reason to love a recipe, but I think it’s a good reason to love a delicious recipe even more! Plus, this CrockPot Hoppin’ John Recipe is just plain delicious!
Crockpot Hoppin John Recipe
You don't have to wait for New Year's Day to serve this Hoppin’ John recipe! It is good year-round!
The perfect combination of rice and andouille sausage, this recipe has a hint of a kick but is not too spicy. You can easily add extra spice if you want it to be a bit spicier.
Do you have any New Year's Day traditions? Anything you do to bring good luck for the upcoming year?
I read that some people put a penny under their plate of Hoppin Johns on New Year's Day to boost their money luck in the new year.
When researching New Year's Day traditions, I thought it was cool that everyone in Brazil wears white to celebrate the New Year. They also jump over seven waves and make a wish for each wave they jump over in Brazil.
Did you know they break dishes on friends' and families' doorsteps in Denmark to bring them good luck? I don't know how I feel about this tradition. The more broken dishes you have, the luckier you are supposed to be, but this makes me wonder how the person who cleans them up feels.
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients needed to make an epic CrockPot Hoppin’ John! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- Andouille Sausage
- Chicken Broth/chicken stock
- Black-Eyed Peas
- Dirty Rice Mix
- Kitchen Spoon
Preparation and Storage
Make-Ahead: Since it requires three to four hours in your slow cooker, CrockPot Hoppin’ John is a convenient make-ahead recipe you can assemble before guests arrive and while you prepare other items on the menu.
How to Store Leftovers: Refrigerate your leftovers in an airtight container, and enjoy them within four days.
Freezing/How to Freeze: Send any leftovers to the freezer in an airtight, freezer-safe container or bag, and enjoy them within three months.
How to Reheat: Thaw frozen portions in the fridge overnight or on your kitchen countertop until cold but no longer frozen, then reheat them using your microwave, stovetop, or slow cooker, depending on how many portions you reheat.
Substitutions: You can use smoked ham, crumbled bacon, or smoked sausage if you don't have andouille sausage.
Diners who don’t eat red meat can replace this pork-based sausage with smoked turkey sausage.
You can also swap the salsa for your favorite variety of Rotel.
Salt and Black Pepper to taste.
Vegetarian Option + Vegan Option: Replace the andouille sausage and chicken broth with plant-based alternatives to make this CrockPot Hoppin’ John vegetarian and vegan-friendly.
Gluten-Free: Zatarain’s Original Dirty Rice Mix and the brand’s other rice mixes are gluten-free! The remaining ingredients are typically gluten-free, but you’ll want to check each label if you are highly sensitive.
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: The written recipe yields six servings. Scale it up or down, depending on your desired number of servings, keeping in mind that you may need to work in batches if you scale up.
Make it Spicy: This dish has some heat built into it from the dirty rice mix and andouille sausage. Add extra Cajun seasoning or red pepper flakes to taste to make it even spicier.
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 6 grams of sugar per serving. Use a sugar-free salsa to make this dish sugar-free, as the other ingredients only have trace amounts of sugar.
Tips for the Best CrockPot Hoppin’ John
- We keep our version of this Southern staple no-frills, but you can add chopped onion, celery, or bell peppers if these sound yummy.
What to Serve with CrockPot Hoppin’ John
Pair this filling rice and andouille sausage dish with our other New Orleans favorites for a Louisiana feast from wherever you call home. Here are some menu planning suggestions.
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Crock Pot Hoppin John Recipe
- Cook andouiile sausage until brown, transfer to crock pot. Pour ½ cup chicken broth into skillet and scrape brown bits and then pour over sausage
- Stir in dirty rice, black eyed peas, salsa and remaining chicken broth. Cook on low for 3-4 hours until rice is tender
Recipe originally shared on July 1, 2015. Updated December 2020