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Black-Eyed Peas with Tomato Sauce Recipe - Carillas con Tomate


Black-Eyed Peas in Tomato Sauce

Black-Eyed Peas in Tomato Sauce (c) 2007 L. Sierra Licensed to About.com

Black-Eyed Peas with Tomato Sauce is a popular stew in Spain. Black-eyed peas are a legume with a distinctive black spot or "eye" in the middle of each one. This recipe proves good-tasting food does not need to be complicated. Carillas are tasty when simmered with Spanish chorizo sausage, garlic, bay leaf, and tomato sauce.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 4-6 Servings


  • 1 lb. dry black-eyed peas
  • sofrito (tomato sauce)
  • 1/2 lb. chorizo, Sliced
  • 1 dry bay leaf
  • salt to taste


Note re Chorizo Sausage: Mexican or Caribbean varieties cannot be used as substitutes for Spanish chorizo in Spanish recipes. If you need a substitute, try using Portuguese Linguica sausage, which is generally very similar to Spanish chorizo, and widely available in US supermarkets.

Soak black-eyed peas in a bowl or a large pot for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Make sure that the water level is at least 3 inches above the peas.

After soaking the peas, drain water from pot. Add water to at least 1 inch above the peas. Add bay leaf and sliced Spanish chorizo. Place pot on burner on high heat and bring to a boil.

While you are waiting for the water to boil, make the sofrito following our recipe. Add sofrito to the pot and add salt to taste. Once peas come to a boil, reduce to medium heat and simmer until peas are soft – approximately 1 hour.

Note: If you use a pressure cooker instead of a standard pot, cook peas on high pressure for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow pressure to drop naturally. This may take 10-15 minutes.

Serve hot in bowls. Serve with French-style bread.

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