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Mexican Beef over Polenta

7
6
6
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
30 min
Prep
18 min
Cook
12 min
Serves
6
Difficulty
Easy
Seasoned ground beef and vegetables are spooned over homemade polenta. Then they're topped with traditional Mexican ingredients like cheese, salsa and cilantro.

Ingredients

Uncooked 93% lean ground beef

1 pound(s)

Uncooked onion(s)

1 small, chopped

Canned diced tomatoes

14½ oz, with chiles, drained, reserve 1 Tbsp of liquid

Canned yellow corn

1 cup(s), drained, or frozen, thawed corn kernels

Olive(s)

10 large, Kalamata, sliced

Pickled jalapeno peppers

2 tbsp(s), pickled, chopped (optional)

Table salt

¾ tbsp(s), divided

Cumin seeds

¼ tsp(s)

Black pepper

pinch

Polenta, dry

¾ cup(s), quick-cooking

Canned chicken broth

3 cup(s)

Fat free salsa

cup(s)

Shredded reduced-fat Mexican-style cheese

cup(s)

Cilantro

2 tbsp(s), or scallion, fresh, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook beef and onion, stirring frequently, until meat is fully cooked, about 5 to 7 minutes; drain off any liquid. Stir in tomatoes and reserved liquid, corn, olives, jalapeños (if using), 1/4 teaspoon of salt, cumin and pepper; simmer 5 minutes to allow flavours to blend.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small pot, combine cornmeal, broth and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt; stir well. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, until cornmeal is thick, about 5 minutes.
  3. Spoon polenta onto a large serving plate and top with beef mixture. Top with salsa, cheese and cilantro (or scallion). Divide into 6 portions and serve.

Notes

The polenta will still be soft after cooking but will firm up if allowed to stand for a few minutes before serving.