This Polenta Enchilada Bake is easy to make, filling and comes together in just 30 minutes! It’s great for a vegetarian weeknight dinner!
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Since we can’t just live on holiday treats alone, I wanted to share a quick and easy dinner with you! This Polenta Enchilada Bake comes together in just 30 minutes and you only need one pan. It’s a great family meal that’s healthy and filling.
I’ve recently started cooking with the pre-made tube of polenta in the past few years and it’s such a time saver! It can be used in a variety of recipes and it’s super filling. It also happens to go really well with the enchilada flavors in this recipe.
WHAT IS POLENTA?
Polenta is a cornmeal porridge like dish that can also be cooled and solidified. You can enjoy it in it’s porridge form, like I used it here, or you can cool it down, let it solidify and it can be used in lots of different recipes.
You can either buy it in the form of coarsly ground corn or you can buy it in a tube that has been solidified. I’ve used it both ways but prefer to buy it in an already made tube because it’s much quicker to cook and I prefer the texture.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR THIS POLENTA ENCHILADA BAKE RECIPE
- Tube of polenta – You should be able to find a tube of polenta at most grocery stores. I’ve seen it in the pasta aisle as well as in the refrigerated section next to the tofu.
- Enchilada sauce – I usually use canned enchilada sauce and I prefer to use the Hatch Chili brand of mild red sauce. You can use homemade as well.
- Cheese – I topped my polenta enchilada bake with cheese. If making dairy free you can omit the cheese or use vegan cheese.
- Vegetables – When making Mexican themed casserole dishes like this I like to use peppers and onions. You can use whatever veggies you have on hand that are quick cooking.
- Beans – I used pinto beans but black or even refried beans would work too.
30 MINUTE VEGETARIAN DINNER RECIPE
Mexican themed meals are usually my go-to when creating 30 minute dinner recipes. The ingredients are usually very affordable and come together quickly. I also just love Mexican food so I make it as much as I can 🙂
I love using the tube of polenta because it can be used in so many different kinds of cuisines. It’s traditionally an Italian ingredient but it works so well with these flavors and makes for a really filling dish.
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Polenta Enchilada Bake
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- Diet: Vegetarian
This Polenta Enchilada Bake is easy to make and comes together in just 30 minutes!
- 3 tsp olive oil, divided
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1/2 medium sized onion
- 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 tsp granulated garlic
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 (18 oz) tube polenta
- 1 (15 oz) can enchilada sauce, I love Hatch brand
- 3/4 cup shredded cheese
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F. Slice up the polenta into 8 equal sized pieces. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 teaspoons olive oil and polenta slices. Season the tops with salt and cook until each side is lightly browned, about 2 minutes on each side.
- While polenta is cooking dice up the bell peppers and onion. Remove polenta from the skillet and add remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil and diced vegetables. Cook for about 5 minutes and then add in the black beans and all the spices. Cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Pour half the enchilada sauce on the bottom of a medium sized oven safe baking dish and then top with the veggie and bean mixture. Lay the polenta slices down in a single layer and pour over remaining enchilada sauce. Top with shredded cheese and bake until bubbly and cheese is melted, 7-10 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Category: Dinner, Vegetarian
- Method: Stovetop, Oven
- Cuisine: Mexican/American
Keywords: Polenta Enchilada Bake
The ratio of work to tastiness was excellent. We will be making this again and again. Thanks for a great dinner option!
She Likes Food says
That’s so great to hear!
This turned out amazing. My kids even requested to have it again soon! Thanks for the great recipe.
She Likes Food says
That’s awesome!! <3
Can I make these ahead to take to a party?
She Likes Food says
Hmm, its best served hot/warm so if you could keep it warm that would work!