Mexican Polenta Casserole

"My family lovingly calls this dish "Mexican slop". I found this recipe online awhile back, and it originally included 1 lb ground beef instead of the chicken. I've never tried it with beef, but I'm sure it would taste good that way too. Great served with some sour cream, guacamole, or salsa."
 
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Ready In:
1hr
Ingredients:
8
Yields:
1 13x9 pan
Serves:
6-8
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ingredients

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directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Cook onions in nonstick pan until they start to soften, then add shredded chicken, spices, and tomato sauce. Simmer about 10 minutes.
  • Spread polenta in bottom of 13 x 9 pan.
  • Spread refried beans over polenta.
  • Spread meat mixture over beans.
  • Top with shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 30-45 minutes. (Until all hot and bubbly and cheese is melted to your liking).

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Reviews

  1. I made this recipe with the following modifications: I used left-over chicken breasts that I had cooked in Progresso's Enchilada Soup and shredded. Instead of tomato sauce, I used 1 can of Ro-Tel and 1 can of stewed tomatoes. Instead of refried beans, I used rinsed black beans. I added salt to taste. It's a new family favorite.
     
  2. I really liked this recipe. I do not know what rates 5 stars on this system. to me the polenta reminded me of a tamale which I love. I halfed recipe so only used 1 chicken breast so used more than 1/2 of polenta I think next time I will make polenta from scratch in would probably spread easier and more than 1/2 of refry beans.
     
  3. This made for a great dinner last night. I did make quite a few changes, but I feel like I stayed true to the idea of the recipe so I'm awarding the stars! Instead of chicken I used Mexican pre-seasoned ground turkey (that I got on super sale). Therefore I didn't add the spices since it was pre-seasoned. I loved the way the flavors of the polenta, the beans, and the meat mixed with the cheese on top. (I used cheddar). We put some sour cream on the top and my daughter mixed her cooked corn in. We all enjoyed this. I think it was a really good way to use a tube of polenta!
     
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  1. I made this recipe with the following modifications: I used left-over chicken breasts that I had cooked in Progresso's Enchilada Soup and shredded. Instead of tomato sauce, I used 1 can of Ro-Tel and 1 can of stewed tomatoes. Instead of refried beans, I used rinsed black beans. I added salt to taste. It's a new family favorite.
     
  2. This made for a great dinner last night. I did make quite a few changes, but I feel like I stayed true to the idea of the recipe so I'm awarding the stars! Instead of chicken I used Mexican pre-seasoned ground turkey (that I got on super sale). Therefore I didn't add the spices since it was pre-seasoned. I loved the way the flavors of the polenta, the beans, and the meat mixed with the cheese on top. (I used cheddar). We put some sour cream on the top and my daughter mixed her cooked corn in. We all enjoyed this. I think it was a really good way to use a tube of polenta!
     

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Great picture, eh? Hawaii is beautiful. I sure wish I lived there :) Instead, I live in Northern California. It's beautiful here too - but it's no Hawaii! About me: I'm not yet 30, got married in October 2008, bought our first house in March 2009, and am pregnant with our first baby (a little girl!) due January 2010. The kitchen in our new home leaves something to be desired... having a very small wall oven that doesn't fit the baking sheets I have become accustomed to! But, it works. Someday we'll have the money to remodel :) I've been to culinary school (stopping just before I got my certificate because I got accepted into a 4-year college and wanted to get a bachelors degree.) So, I've made lots of things, from Sweetbreads and Lobster, to Souffles and Chocolate Mousse. Although I was also trained in cooking "real" food, my love is for baking, pastries, and desserts. My major problem is that I feel the need to follow a recipe all the time. Unless it's something that I've made forever, and feel comfortable with - I much prefer having the recipe in front of me. (I've played many instruments as well - and I was the same way about needing music in front of me, and being unable to improvise.) I came to recipezaar to find easy recipes that I can make my own. Being the primary cook in the house, I enjoy cooking each day, but hate doing the meal planning portion. I want to find some dishes that I can turn into regulars in my home, so I'm here mostly to look for inspiration. (Although I also look around for special occasion food ideas too!)
 
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