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Polenta Tamale Pie

March 17th, 2016 10:00:00 am

This polenta tamale pie will please anyone that loves the flavors and ingredients of food from our neighbors to the south! I was excited to find organic, non-GMO polenta, so I made up a quick recipe or two, using it. Start this meal by thinly slicing the polenta and either broiling it or pan frying it to make the flavor pop and to bring it to a nice golden color. I am using the Titanium Sheet Pan to broil mine quickly. You can see this pan here.

polentabroil or pan fry to golden

Brown the ground meat and add your favorite seasoning. I used an organic taco seasoning packet, but you can use cayenne or any other spices you enjoy such as chili powder, paprika, and garlic powder. Next I warmed up my refried beans (also organic) in the 6" universal pot. And that is it. Layer the goodies starting with the polenta slices on the bottom of your serving dish.

refried beans warming in uni potFirst layer is polenta

The next layer is the warmed beans. I spread them evenly across the layer of polenta, as if I'm building a lasagna dish. The next layer on top of the beans is tomatoes. I used stewed, diced tomatoes, but you could use fresh slices if you prefer or even your favorite salsa. You just can't go wrong with these amazing flavors together, so use what is available in your pantry.

Refried beans layerTomato layer

On top of the tomato layer, I added the cooked ground meat. This can be omitted if you are a vegetarian. We topped the warm meat with grated cheese. I used pepper jack to give it an additional spicey kick, but mozzarella would be fine too.

Layer of seasoned ground beefCheese layer

This is starting to look mouth watering, right? Now you should just go crazy and add what you love. Some suggestions are: Shredded lettuce, jalepeno slices, avocado slices or guacamole, dollop of sour cream, salsa, dash of hot sauce.

toppings make the tasteplated polenta tamale pie

I hope you enjoy having fun making this super easy and very delicious polenta tamale pie. As always, I encourage you to make it your own by substituting your favorite ingredients and using what you have on hand. 



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