Black-Eyed Pea Dip will be the star of your next party and is the ultimate New Year’s Eve appetizer. This EASY Black-Eyed Pea Dip recipe is loaded with black-eyed peas (for good luck!), Rotel, green chiles and cheesy deliciousness! Serve with tortilla chips for a crowd pleasing appetizer!

cheesy black eyed pea dip garnished with cilantro and tortilla chips

Best Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Does anything get much better than a hot cheese dip? I think not, which is why I’m sharing this mouth watering party dish with you today! Grab those tortilla chips and dig in!

In the South, eating Black-Eyed Peas on New Years Day is thought to bring prosperity. Call me superstitious, but I grew up on this tradition and my Mom never missed serving up black-eyed peas on New Years Day. So, here I am 41-years-old and I always eat my black-eyed peas to ring in the New Year. This year, I am enjoying them in this cheesy Black-Eyed Pea Dip!

Some of you say YUCK, I hate black-eyed peas. I think you’re crazy or you’ve only had ones not prepared well because I freaking love me some black-eyed peas. My family loves this recipe! It’s absolutely delicious and we look forward to enjoying it every year!

My mom has been making this dip to ring in the new year for as long as I can remember. It’s incredibly tasty, and is perfect for people who think they don’t like black-eyed peas. This one’s a crowd favorite and always gets devoured.

black eyed pea dip in a cast iron skillet

Ingredients

This Velveeta cheese dip is made with simple, easy to find ingredients, making it the perfect appetizer to serve at holiday gatherings, potlucks and game day. Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Butter. For cooking down the onion and garlic and also adds to the overall richness of the dip.
  • Onion. Adds a savory flavor and some texture to the dip.
  • Garlic. Fresh garlic is a must in Mexican-style dips!
  • Black-eyed peas. For good luck! You can sub with black beans, if you don’t happen to have black-eyed peas on hand.
  • Rotel. Any canned mix of diced tomatoes and green chiles will work. We always use mild, but feel free to use medium for more heat.
  • Green chiles. Use medium or mild green chiles for a little kick of heat and boost of flavor.
  • Velveeta. Definitely use Velveeta for this black-eyed pea cheese dip. It melts better than any other cheese varieties and makes this dip super creamy!
black eyed pea dip garnished with fresh tomatoes, onions and cilantro

How to make black-eyed pea dip

In a few easy steps, you’ll be able to serve up this delicious cheesy appetizer!

  1. Melt butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft and translucent. Then, add garlic and continue to sauté for about 1 minute more.
  2. Stir in the black-eyed peas, Rotel, black-eyed peas, green chiles and Velveeta. Continue to cook and stir until cheese melts and mixture becomes smooth, about 5 minutes.
  3. Once cheese is melted and dip is warmed to your liking, you can transfer to a serving bowl and garnish if you’d like.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

Make it in a slow cooker

Great news! This velveeta cheese dip recipe can be made in a slow cooker! This makes the recipe EVEN easier. It’s the perfect option if you need to make a bunch of appetizers before a party.

Here’s how to adapt this recipe for a crockpot:

  1. Start by cooking the onion and garlic in the melted butter (in a skillet) until soft.
  2. Add all dip ingredients (including the cooked onion + garlic) into the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.

Easy as that! Whichever way you cook it, this cheese dip is sure to please!

tortilla chips dipped into black eyed pea dip

Serving hot cheese dip

This dip is meant to be served warm, and I think it makes a great change from the cold dips usually served to guests. I love making it and serving it in a cast iron skillet, that way it’s able to retain the heat and not cool down too quickly. This warm black-eyed dip is perfect to serve with tortilla chips, but you could also serve it with a platter of fresh veggies like carrots, celery and mini sweet peppers and/or crackers. And don’t forget the margaritas!

Another option that will keep your cheese dip heated is to transfer it to a small crockpot set on warm and then ladle out servings from the crockpot.

Top Recipe Tips 

  • Choose spicy Rotel and green chiles for a real kick of heat.
  • You can use frozen, canned or fresh black-eyed peas in this recipe.
  • Make and serve the dip in a cast iron skillet so that it stays warm as long as possible. Or simply transfer to a small crockpot set on warm.

Storage

Kept refrigerated, in an airtight container, this black-eyed pea cheese dip will last for 5-7 days. I actually think this dip tastes better the day AFTER you make it. All the flavors really have a chance to meld and marry together.

hand dipping chip into cheese dip

So for all of you crazy, superstitious southerners like myself that do this tradition, try my Black-Eyed Pea Dip recipe this year!! It’s easy and super delicious! Enjoy!

More delicious dips to try

Grandma’s Clam Dip

Fresh Herb Cream Cheese Dip

Best Homemade Salsa

Best Spinach Dip

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Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Black-Eyed Pea Dip will be the star of your next party and is the ultimate New Year's Eve appetizer. This EASY Black-Eyed Pea Dip recipe is loaded with black-eyed peas (for good luck!), Rotel, green chiles and cheesy deliciousness! Serve with tortilla chips for a crowd pleasing appetizer!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans black eyed peas, rinsed & drained
  • 2 (10-ounce) cans mild Rotel, drained (any brand diced tomatoes and green chiles)
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 16 ounces Velveeta cheese*

Instructions 

  • Melt butter in a medium to large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until soft and translucent. Add garlic and continue to sauté for about 1 minute more. Stir in all other ingredients. Continue to cook and stir until cheese melts and mixture becomes smooth, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer dip to a serving dish or small crockpot to keep the dip warm. Garnish with fresh cilantro, diced tomato and green onion, if you'd like. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

Notes

*I highly recommend using Velveeta cheese because it will melt better than any other cheese variety.
***If making in a slow cooker, you can add all dip ingredients (cook the onion and garlic first) into a slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. 
Storage: Kept refrigerated, in an airtight container, this will stay fresh for 5-7 days.
Photos by Sasha at Eat Love Eats.
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 300kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 857mg, Potassium: 647mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 829IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 318mg, Iron: 4mg

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