Mexican Polenta

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This recipe is a spin on tacos—but much heartier and easier to serve. You can make your own Mexican seasoning by combining 1/2 tsp. chili powder, 1/4 tsp. cumin, 1/4 tsp. paprika, 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Prepare the mix in larger batches, and keep in an airtight container, ready to go.

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Ingredients

  • 1 18-oz. tube polenta, cut into 12 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 large Vidalia onion, diced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Mexican or Cajun spice seasoning
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
  • 1 tsp. grated lime zest
  • 1 15.5-oz. can low-sodium red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes with jalapeños
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco (2 oz.) or feta cheese
  • 2 Tbs. chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, optional

Preparation

  1. Position broiling pan, or rack if using electric oven, 3 inches from heat, and turn broiler to high. Spray polenta slices with cooking spray, and place on broiling pan or baking sheet. Broil 5 minutes per side, or until browned.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and cook 4 minutes, or until softened. Stir in lime juice, spice seasoning, garlic, and lime zest. Cook 4 minutes, or until onion is lightly browned. Add kidney beans and tomatoes; simmer 5 minutes, or until heated through.
  3. Place 3 polenta slices on each plate, ladle bean mixture over top, and sprinkle with queso fresco and cilantro. Serve with sour cream, if desired.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Serves 4
  • Calories: 324
  • Carbohydrate Content: 46 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 10 mg
  • Fat Content: 10 g
  • Fiber Content: 12 g
  • Protein Content: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
  • Sodium Content: 939 mg
  • Sugar Content: 4 g