It’s a long-standing custom at Security Bank to pass out black-eyes peas. If you enjoy the tradition of eating black-eyed peas for luck in the New Year, stop by Security Bank to pick up your complimentary can.

Looking for ways to cook them, try one of the family recipes shared by our Security Bank employees.


Rotel Black-Eyed Peas

Deanna Wall, loan operations

I add Rotel and cooked Italian sausage, hot or mild depending on my audience.


Jalapeno Black-Eyed Peas

Emily Allen, loan operations


  • 8 ounces slab or thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 2 to 4 jalapeños, depending on how hot you want it, seeded, stemmed, and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeño pickle juice or vinegar
  • Pickled jalapeño slices, for garnishing


  • In a Dutch oven or large pot, on medium-low heat cook the bacon while occasionally stirring until some of the fat is rendered and it’s just beginning to crisp, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the jalapeños to the pot, and cook for 2 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add the garlic and cook for 30 more seconds. Add the dried black-eyed peas and stir until everything is well combined.
  • Pour in the water and add the salt and cayenne. Turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil. Once the pot is boiling, continue to boil for 5 minutes then cover the pot, turn the heat down to low, and gently simmer for 1 and 1/2 hours.
  • After this time, remove the lid and test the peas to see where they’re at in terms of tenderness. Continue to cook the peas uncovered until they’re your desired texture, which can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the peas.
  • Once the peas are tender, stir in the jalapeño pickle juice then taste and add more salt and pickle juice if desired. Serve warm garnished with pickled jalapeños.


Mrs. Dash Extra Spicey

Nancy Fitzpatrick, HR


  • Mrs. Dash Extra Spicey Seasoning
  • Ham bone
  • Salk and pepper to taste

I put them in a big pot with Mrs. Dash extra spicey seasoning and salt and pepper and a Ham Bone and simmer them for quite a while. Serve with corn bread or Cheese biscuits like Red Lobsters. 


Easy Peasy

Staci Barrett, loan assistant

I just open a can of peas and warm them on the stove.


Not a Fan of Black-Eyed Peas

No problem. You can still enjoy the tradition by cooking your favorite chili and adding black-eyed peas to the mix.


The Black-Eyed Pea Tradition

The tradition of eating black-eyed peas started after the Civil War when Southern planters insisted if you ate black-eyed peas in the New Year, you would have good luck and success with your crops.

While we enjoy this tradition, we value success most by working for it. At Security Bank, we commit to working hard every day to help you succeed with your financial goals.

Happy New Year from your friends at Security Bank.