Skip to main content

Cheesy Polenta Pie

Photo of Cheesy Polenta Pie
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes: 12 Cups
Nutrition Facts: View label


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 
1 teaspoon garlic powder or 4 cloves of garlic, minced
½ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon each salt and pepper
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 ½ cups water
1 cup grated cheddar cheese


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Brown meat and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat (350 degrees F in an electric skillet). Drain fat (see Notes).
  3. Add the rest of the filling ingredients.
  4. Reduce heat to low (250 degrees F in an electric skillet) and cover the pan.
  5. As the filling heats, mix cornmeal, salt, sugar and 1 teaspoon chili powder with water in a small saucepan.
  6. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in cheese.
  7. Spread topping over the filling.
  8. Cover and cook over low heat, with lid slightly ajar, until topping is set, about 10 minutes.
  9. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • 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.
  • Pour fat from cooked meat into a metal container. Let it cool, then dispose of it into a garbage can.


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.

You might also like...

Recipes A-Z

Photos of Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

20 minutes
20 minutes
8 tacos
Photo of Kale and Cranberry Stir-fry

Kale and Cranberry Stir-Fry

10 minutes
5 minutes
5 cups
Photo of Tofu Scramble

Tofu Scramble

10 minutes
10 minutes
5 Cups
Hoppin' Pear Salad

Hoppin' Pear Salad

10 minutes
4 Servings