Black Eyed Peas-Sweet Potato Soup

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Black Eyed Peas Sweet Potato Soup

I’m going to keep today’s post short and sweet! Usually on New Years, I make black eyed peas and rice, but this year, I wanted to switch it up a bit. Enter sweet potatoes and some harissa, and voila! A super comforting, easy to make soup to help you ring in the new year! Check out the recipe below, and while you’re at it… check out the new Como Water Membership Services! Happy Saturday folks! 😀

Black Eyed Peas-Sweet Potato Soup

(Printable Recipe)

Beans Ingredients:

1/2 onion–roughly chopped

1 carrot–roughly chopped

3 garlic cloves–peeled

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 cup dry black eyed peas–soaked overnight, drained, and rinsed

olive oil




Beans Method:

*Add ~2 tablespoons of oil to a large stock pot, along with the red pepper flakes and bay leaf. Heat over medium heat, stirring to combine. Heat for 1-2 minutes. Add the soaked, rinsed beans to the pot, along with large pinch of salt and black pepper. Cover beans with water. Bring to a boil. Drop down to medium.

*Simmer for ~ 30 minutes, just until the beans begin to soften (but are not fully cooked). Drain, remove veggies and bay leaf. Set aside.

Soup Ingredients:

Cooked black eyed peas (see above, or use canned)

2 carrots–diced

2 small (or one large) sweet potato–diced

2 stalks celery–diced

1/2 onion–diced

2 cloves garlic–minced

1 cup frozen corn

1/3 cup brown rice

6 cups vegetable broth

2 heaping tablespoons harissa (or preferred hot sauce to taste)

1/2 teaspoon cumin



olive oil

fresh orange juice

fresh herbs


*Add ~3 tablespoons olive oil to a large stock pot. Add carrots and sweet potato. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add celery, cook for about 5 minutes. Add onion. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes.


*Add drained, cooked black eyed peas, rice, frozen corn, harissa, and vegetable broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, uncover, drop heat to medium/medium low, and simmer for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.


*Once beans and veggies are tender, adjust seasoning and serve with a squeeze of fresh orange juice and fresh herbs. Enjoy!


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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. Tiffany, that sounds great – so flavorful, I’m sure! Happy New, girl! Thanks for everything.

  2. I love black eyed pea recipes around this time of year. This soup looks wonderful. Hope you have a wonderful and happy New Year 2014!!

  3. Black Eyed peas recipes can be so bland! The spicy soup is just the update the classic New Year’s recipe needs!

  4. Hi Tiffany, this is a gorgeous bowl of comfort. I’ll be including it in my healthier diet this new year.

    Wishing you the very best for 2014.

    Hester x