13 Best Substitutes of Black-Eyed Peas


If you love black-eyed peas but are looking for a change, there are plenty of delicious substitutes.

Here are some of the best substitutes for black-eyed peas.

13 Substitute For Black-Eyed Peas

1. Borlotti Beans (Fresh Cranberry)

Borlotti beans have the same cooking time and can be prepared in the same way as black-eyed peas.

Additionally, they also give great color to your dish. Hence, they are a great substitute.

How to Substitute

You can use an equal quantity of Borlotti beans to substitute black-eyed peas.

Try this recipe of Braised Spicy Chicken with Borlotti Beans:

2. Fresh Lima Beans

A great substitute for salads

Also called butter beans, fresh lima beans have a waxy and creamy texture. They are also available in frozen form.

Their sweet plus nutty flavor makes them a good substitute that you can use in almost every recipe.

They work especially well in salads and ham hock dishes.

How to Substitute

For 1 cup of Black-eyed peas, take 1 cup of fresh lima beans.

Here’s how you can cook Southern Style Lima Beans:

3. Fresh Romano Beans

The texture of romano beans is the same as that of black-eyed peas. Except, they are a bit sturdier. 

Their nutty flavor goes well with dishes containing tomatoes, garlic, and basil. Hence, you can use them for making minestrone soup, pasta Fagioli, salads, and stir-fries. 

You should never overcook Romano beans as they tend to become mushy easily, which will make them dissolve in your dish.

How to Substitute

You can use a 1:1 ratio of Romano beans and black-eyed peas.

Try this Mediterranean Roman Bean Recipe:

4. Kentucky Wonder Beans

Kentucky wonder beans are filled with a delicious nutty flavor accompanied by a creamy texture.

They contain the same amount of nutrients as black-eyed peas. These include fiber, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.

Hence, they are a great alternative to use in soups, dips, salads, and side dishes.

How to Substitute

Replace black-eyed peas with the same quantity of Fresh Kentucky wonder beans.

Watch this video to know how you can cook Kentucky Wonder Beans also called pole beans:

5. Southern Pink Lady Peas

The southern pink lady peas have a sweet flavor along with a creamy texture. 

Hence, they fit well into dishes containing ham, and you can also serve them with cornbread and green vegetables. 

However, they do not look the same as black-eyed peas. So, the overall appearance of the dish will not be the same. 

Here is how you can cook Southern Pink Lady Peas (Pinkeye Purple Hull Peas):

6. Pinto Beans

Pinto beans mimic the color of black-eyed peas, and their taste is also very similar. So, they’re mostly used in Mexican dishes and Southwest American cuisine.

You can also put them into burritos and enchiladas or make a delicious side dish and refried beans with them.

Check out this Heart-Healthy Bean Stew made using Pinto beans:

7. Purple Hull Peas

The taste and texture of purple hull peas are pretty much the same as that of black-eyed peas.

Hence, they work as an excellent substitute in almost every recipe.

You can prepare them in the same way and add them to dishes containing rice, soups and stews, ham, cornbread, and collard greens.

Watch this video to make Crockpot Purple Hull Peas:

8. Crowder Peas

Even though the flavor of crowder peas is sweeter than black-eyed peas, their similar texture makes them a good substitute.

You can either boil or slow cook them and even use them in place of canned black-eyed peas.

It works excellently well, especially for dishes like Brunswick Stew and Hoppin’ John. 

Try this Cajun Crowder Peas recipe: 

9. White Acre Peas

White Acre Peas replicates both texture and taste of black-eyed peas, but they have a different overall flavor profile. 

Nevertheless, they’re a rich source of fiber and protein and are known to bring down cholesterol levels and regulate your digestion. 

So, they fit well into southern cuisines and can be served with any vegetable-containing dishes. 

Here’s how you can prepare Stewed White Acre Cream Peas with Okra:

10.  Fava Beans

Fava beans have a similar appearance to lima beans.

Their flavor profile consists of an earthy and creamy taste combined with sweetness and nuttiness, and slightly bitter undertones. 

They are a good alternative that goes well with green vegetables, bread, peppers, and ham hocks.

Watch this video to know about three delicious ways to cook fava beans:

11. White Navy Beans

If you’re looking for a perfect bean-based salad substitute, then white navy beans are a great choice.

They are a good fiber source and have a soft and velvety texture accompanied by a nutty taste. .

But they take a longer cooking time than black-eyed peas. So, you must allow them to cook completely to experience the best of its taste.

Here is how you can prepare and cook Cajun White Navy Beans:

12. Cannellini Beans

Also called white kidney beans, cannellini beans’ cooking time is twice that of black-eyed peas.

Still, their earthy and nutty taste makes them a great alternative that you can use for making salads, soups, Italian dishes, Minestrone, and stews.

Watch this video to make Tuscan Cannellini Bean Stew with Garlic Toast:

13. Green Beans

String beans is another name for green beans. Their raw form has a starchy and muted taste.  

You can roast, boil, fry, sauté, steam, and even microwave-cook them. Their taste comes out especially well in Asian dishes containing garlic and green vegetables. 

Besides, their green color gives a fresh and refreshing tint to salads and they’re also more nutritious than black-eyed peas. 

Try this garlic green bean recipe:


Q1. What can you substitute for black-eyed peas in Cowboy Caviar?

Ans. You can use either fresh corn or frozen corn instead of Black-Eyed Peas in Cowboy Caviar.  Apart from that, any type of cooked beans also works. 

Q2. Are cannellini beans the same as Black Eyed Peas?

Ans. Appearance-wise, the cannellini beans are much larger than Black Eyed Peas and they have a kidney shape with white color. So, they are not the same. 

Q3. What bean is the closest to Black Eyed Peas?

Ans. Fresh lima beans are very similar to Black Eyed Peas. 

Q4. What is the flavor of black-eyed peas?

Ans. Black Eyed Peas have a slightly nutty flavor.

Bottom Line 

Whether it is your dislike towards the taste of Black-Eyed Peas or simply its unavailability, you can easily substitute them using the above-given alternatives. 

Are you familiar with any other options that fit perfectly in the place of Black-Eyed Peas?  If yes, then please drop a line below for them to be added.

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About Barbara Foster

Barbara is a traveler who has traveled to more than 25 countries. She loves the variety of food she gets to experience on her trips and maintains detailed journals of her travels which she plans to publish as a book someday. She loves to bake. Her favorite cuisines are Italian, French, and Mexican.

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