I serve this traditionally on New Year’s Day with a pork roast, but we also enjoy it anytime we want a pot of peas! It is also delicious served over rice.
Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes.
Place the dried peas, water, onion, tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, garlic, and chili powder into a slow cooker, and stir to combine. Stir in the bacon and bacon grease, and set the cooker on High. Cook until peas are tender, about 4 hours. Season to taste with salt, and serve.
Per Serving: 168 calories; protein 11.2g; carbohydrates 26.1g; fat 2.5g; cholesterol 4mg; sodium 181.3mg.