If you're looking for a great slow cooker dish, this black-eyed pea and rice dish is unbelievably good. Hoppin’ John is also known as Carolina peas and rice, or simply black-eyed peas and rice. It's made with ham or bacon and onions. It’s also naturally gluten-free and dairy-free. You just dump everything in a slow cooker for this easy, hearty, healthy and comforting family meal. It also makes great leftover lunches, too.