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Southern Collard Greens with Ham Hocks

These southern collard greens with ham hocks are made with red peppers, onions, and garlic - slow-cooked to perfection for a classic comfort food dish. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern/ Soul Food
Keyword Southern Collard Greens with Ham Hocks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 3 lbs collard greens washed, and cut
  • 2-3 medium sized ham hocks
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 large red bell pepper diced
  • 2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp vinegar white or apple cider vinegar will do
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced


  • Start off by placing the smoked ham hocks and the 8 cups of water into a slow cooker.
  • Set the slow cooker on high, and let cook for 3 hours, or until tender.
  • Next, transfer the ham hocks, and the liquid to a large pot.
  • Place the pot over medium high heat, and start adding in the collard greens.
  • Once all of the collard greens are in the pot, add in the onions, peppers, garlic, and seasonings.
  • Give everything a nice stir, then add in the vinegar.
  • Reduce the heat to medium, and let the greens cook for about an hour, or until tender.
  • Serve with cornbread.
  • Enjoy!