Polenta and Black Bean Casserole

Yield: 6 servings

This one-dish meals satisfies my craving for Mexican food in a good way. Fat-free evaporated milk works as a substitute for whipping cream. You might also try fat-free sour cream. Another option entirely is to make your own polenta and spread it as a layer, eliminating the need for store-bought polenta and cream (or evaporated milk, or sour cream).


  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 4-ounce cans diced green chilies, drained
  • 1/4 cup canned salsa verde (tomatillo salsa)
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 16-ounce purchased polenta roll, cut into 18 rounds
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream [or fat-free evaporated milk, or fat-free sour cream]
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-ounce can golden hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups coarsely grated Monterey Jack cheese (about 10 ounces)


  1. Position rack in middle of oven and pre-heat to 450°F. Oil 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish.
  2. Mix 1/2 cup cilantro, chilies, salsa verde, garlic, and cumin in medium bowl.
  3. Arrange 9 polenta rounds in bottom of dish, spacing evenly. Drizzle 1/4 cup cream over. Top with half of beans, half of hominy, and half of chili mixture. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups cheese. Repeat layering.
  4. Cover with foil. Bake 20 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 475°F; uncover casserole and bake until top is golden brown, about 15 minutes longer. Let stand 5 minutes; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cilantro and serve.

Source: Epicurious.com

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One Response to Polenta and Black Bean Casserole

  1. Kirstin January 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    My husband made this last night and it was soooo delicious, it was hard to stop eating it! Thanks for the great recipe.

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