Hoppin John is an old Southern dish said to be most popular in Georgia and the Carolinas. So...what is "Hoppin John", you ask? In it's simplest form, black eyed peas and rice.
However, like many old recipes, there are a variety of ways to make hoppin john. It can be made with a Cajun flavor of spiciness or the more traditional peas and rice with a little onion and tomato.
Simple seasoned peas and rice may be more traditional but this recipe leans more toward the spicier Cajun style.
The spiciness can easily be adjusted by changing the amount of jalapeno peppers used. The ingredients are somewhat flexible and if you are missing one or two it will still come out pretty good. And, the aroma of this dish cooking is heavenly.