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Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas w/Spicy Rotel Tomatoes

These Instant Pot Black-Eyed Peas are super simple to make. I like to add a can of chopped tomatoes containing spicy chopped green chiles for a little extra sumpin’. These could actually be the best blacked eyed peas you ever tasted! #TexasHomesteader

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword black-eyed peas, garlic, instant pot, onions, rotel tomatoes, spicy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Natural Release 15 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Author www.TexasHomesteader.com



  • 1 16-oz bag Dry black-eyed peas - sorted, rinsed and unsoaked
  • 1 Tablespoon Bacon grease
  • 1 large Onion chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced (or about 1 Tablespoon)
  • 1 14.5 oz can Diced tomatoes w/chopped spicy chiles, undrained (Can use any variety of canned chopped tomatoes but I like Rotel)
  • 5 cups Low-sodium chicken broth (can use water instead if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, or to taste



  1. Press the SAUTE button, then add 1 Tablespoon bacon grease. When the grease is melted add the chopped onion and cook stirring occasionally with a wooden spatula for about 3 or 4 minutes or until translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook another minute. Cancel the sauté function.

  2. If any onion bits are stuck to the bottom of the IP liner, deglaze the pot by adding about 1/4 cup water and scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden spatula to deglaze.
  3. Pour in 5 cups chicken broth (or water), add 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, the rinsed, unsoaked black-eyed peas and an undrained can of chopped tomatoes.

  4. Close and lock the lid, set the pressure release valve to the SEALING position. Press PRESSURE COOK and HIGH PRESSURE and use the + or - buttons to select 16 minutes. (NOTE: Instant Pot can take about 8-10 minutes to come to selected pressure, so be sure to add that to your estimated serving time.)

  5. After the black-eyed peas have cooked 16 minutes, allow the IP to sit undisturbed for 15 additional minutes for natural release. After that time carefully move the pressure release valve to the venting position to release any remaining pressure.
  6. After the pressure has been fully released, open the lid facing away from you so that steam is directed away from your face. Serve black-eyed peas hot.

Recipe Notes


I used a 6-quart Instant Pot Duo-60.

IP could take 8-10 minutes to come to pressure, be sure to allow that time in planning your serving time.