Fiesta Polenta Bake

Fiesta Polenta Bake

This is a great way to use up left over polenta. Double the recipe and it will feed a crowd.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner
Servings 8
Calories 410 kcal


Non-stick frying pan
Casserole Dish


For the polenta

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 serrano chili seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup grated Mexican cheese mix

The ground beef

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup white onion chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno seeded and chopped
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • tsp Cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice about 2 limes

The casserole

  • 2 cups grated Mexican cheese mix
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 2 oz sliced black olives 1 can, drained


The polenta

  • In a 3 quart Dutch oven, bring the 4 cups of water and 1 tsp of salt to a boil.
  • When the water is boiling, add the polenta, whisking vigorously.
  • Add the chopped serrano chili and turn down to a simmer, whisking regularly for 20 minutes. Adding more water if nessessary.
  • When the polenta is ready add the cheese and pour into a prepared casserole dish.

Ground beef

  • Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet and add the onions and jalapenos. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef, salt, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne powder, and scramble until just cooked through.
  • Add the lime juice. Cook 1 minute.


  • Pour the ground beef over the top of the polenta.
  • Top with with 2 cups cheese, pico de gallo, and olives.
  • Bake in a 350° oven for 25 minutes.
  • Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.


This is a total crowd pleaser! Great for parties and pot lucks.
Press the “easy button” and use taco seasoning mix, pre-made pico, and canned chilies. Have fun with this one!!!!


Calories: 410kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 23gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 1579mgPotassium: 316mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 753IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 305mgIron: 2mg
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