Grits with Bacon and Beans

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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3 slices bacon, finely chopped

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 green bell peppers, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

1 1-pound bag frozen chopped collard greens, thawed and drained

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Kosher salt

1 28-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes

1 15-ounce can black-eyed peas (do not drain)

1 1/2 cups skim milk

1 1/2 cups quick grits


  1. Cook the bacon in a large pot over medium heat until almost crisp, about 8 minutes. Add the vegetable oil and increase the heat to medium high; add the bell peppers, onion, collard greens, cayenne and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are slightly soft, about 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes and black-eyed peas (with their liquid) and bring to a simmer; cook 15 minutes. Season with salt.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the milk, 2 3/4 cups water and a pinch of salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the grits and cook, stirring, until thick, about 5 minutes. Serve the grits topped with the collard mixture.