Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Mexican Polenta Dish

According to Jim, this was a homerun so I had to blog it! 
This was my first time trying to create something Mexican like with polenta and I must saw it was quite tasty!

First I whipped up a batch of polenta adding 1.5 cups of cornmeal to 5 cups of boiling water using a whisk while pouring to prevent clumps. If you have never made polenta before you simply stir it until the bottom of the pan is clear when you move the spoon over it. It can take approximately 15 minutes. I also added 1/2 teaspoon of the following: chili powder, salt and black pepper to spice it a little.

Then this is spooned into a 9" x 11" pan, smoothed out and left to cool. Then the oven was set to preheat at 350f.

For the topping I diced up the following:

1 yellow bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
2 cups of frozen corn (thawed)
3 tomatoes
a bunch of jarred jalapenos (I bet fresh would be great too but the jarred are a staple in our house. The more you use the spicier the dish will be)

Then I tossed the veggies with with approximately 3 tablespoons of avocado oil along with 1/2 teaspoon of each of the following: chili powder, cumin, salt and black pepper. Once the veggies were evenly coated they were spread onto the polenta.

Lastly I covered this with tons of shredded cheddar cheese. Then baked for 30 minutes (broiling the last 2 minutes or so to brown the cheese).

This is a fun one to play around with ingredients. No measuring required except for the polenta! I tossed black beans over the leftovers making a great addition.

Well I hope I have inspired you to try something new in the kitchen. Thank you for stopping by! ~Val


  1. I haven't had polenta in ages. Your recipe sounds and looks delicious!
    Love the cheese topping :)

  2. wow, yum! don't think i've had a polenta dish before.

  3. what a great idea! never thought to use polenta for a Mexican flare, but totally makes sense!

  4. Wow, talk about "fusion cuisine!" Sounds delicious!

  5. It looks and sounds delicious Val! I'm loving the ingredients. Will have to give it a try.

  6. Will be for sure trying this Val! So yummy! Thanks for sharing!!! I agree with Jim! Homerun!!! Are you still loving your hair? I keep cutting mine shorter and shorter! Especially in this heat! LOL! I feel so free!!!

  7. Sounds very tasty, my friend! We, too, love jalapenos and I often keep quite a few fresh ones in our home :) Have a great week. Hugs!

  8. I've been meaning to cook with polenta lately. We have so much in our pantry! Thanks :)

  9. Delicious!!! I like polenta!!!
    Have a good week, dear Val!!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  10. this sounds yummy! I love Mexican food, pinning for later!

  11. That sounds delicious Val!

    Emma |

  12. I love recipes that don't require measuring :) Just toss in what you have on hand and what sounds good!

  13. I've never had polenta. I am pinning this recipe. It looks good indeed :)

  14. Val, this looks and sounds delicious!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe here.
    Wishing you a wonderful week!

  15. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I love to experiment in the kitchen. I used to try two new recipes a month. I think I'll start doing that again, at least one new one a month.

  16. Oh wow, that looks great! Yummy!

  17. I've never tried polenta but that does look very tasty :D

  18. Yes, you inspired me :) Love Mexican food. And yours looks so yummy!


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