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Cheesy Polenta Pie

Notes

Recipe Notes

  • Substitute 1-2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix for the last 6 ingredients in the filling.
  • Cook your own dry beans. One can (15 ounces) is about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups drained beans.
  • One large ear of corn makes about 1 cup of cut corn.

Ingredients

FILLING
½ pound lean ground beef (15% fat)
½ medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 can (15.5 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with juice
1 ½ cups corn (canned and drained, frozen, or fresh cooked)
1 tablespoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder or 4 cloves of garlic
½ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
TOPPING
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 ½ cups water
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Brown meat and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat (350 degrees in an electric skillet). Drain fat.
  2. Add beans, tomatoes, corn, 1 tablespoon chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  3. Reduce heat to low (250 degrees in an electric skillet), cover, and heat thoroughly.
  4. As chili heats, mix cornmeal, salt, sugar, and 1 teaspoon chili powder with water in a small saucepan.
  5. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add cheddar and mix well.
  6. Spread cornmeal mixture over chili mixture.
  7. Cover and cook over low heat, with lid slightly ajar, until topping is set, about 10 minutes.
  8. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

Notes

  • Substitute 1-2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix for the last 6 ingredients in the filling.
  • Cook your own dry beans. One can (15 ounces) is about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups drained beans.
  • One large ear of corn makes about 1 cup of cut corn.
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Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes: 12 Cups
Nutrition Facts: View Label

Comment

This is my favorite dinner recipe!!! My friends all love it too!

This is a great way to feed a lot of people! Delicous and a lot of food for your money!

SUCH a great recipe!  For sure a Food Hero fav and super easy and all the kids loved it!  We served it with low fat sour cream and hot sauce.  Oh, and we made it vegetarian by substituting the meat for 1 cup of black beans.

Very hearty meal! Made vegetarian as well. Took longer to make than I anticipated but well worth the wait!

My family really liked this. I did make a few changes to the recipe.  I added one diced green bell pepper and started by sauteing the diced pepper and onion in a little oil to soften them before adding the rest of the ingredients. I used a 15 oz can of drained black beans in place of the ground beef.  I didn't have cornmeal so I used masa harina in its place and it worked out great.