Wednesday, October 2, 2013

polenta tamale pie


Y'all okay with another Tex-Mex recipe today?

I didn't intend to make this an unofficial Tex-Mex week, but that's just the way things happen in our house sometimes. What can I say? I'm a San Antonio girl, through and through. We can't get enough of these spicy, cheesy flavors!

This tamale pie is crazy good! And by using a rotisserie chicken and prepared polenta, it's a much easier way to get all those delicious tamale flavors without all the work. :)

Polenta Tamale Pie
serves 4

you'll need:
1 lb. cooked and shredded chicken breasts
3/4 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 (14 oz.) can red enchilada sauce
1 (14 or 15 oz.) can refried pinto beans
3/4 cup chicken broth
1-pound roll prepared polenta, sliced into thin rounds
1 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
handful of cilantro, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add chicken, chili powder, cumin, enchilada sauce, beans, and broth. Stir together and simmer until the mixture thickens, about 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as necessary.

Spray a 9 or 10-inch pie pan with cooking spray. Lay half of the sliced polenta in dish. Top with chicken and bean mixture. Top with 1/2 cup cheese, then remaining polenta. Add remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until sauce is bubbling and cheese is beginning to brown. Sprinkle cilantro on top. Allow pie to cool for at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

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28 comments:

  1. I'm totally okay with more Tex-Mex. In fact, I encourage it. After all, you are my Tex-Mex Go-To Girl. I NEED this Tamale Pie like you wouldn't believe!

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  2. I've never made anything like this at home. It looks scrumptious!

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    1. Thanks, Monica! You should give it a try, I think you'd love it!

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  3. I love this Marie! I think my family would too. This is perfect comfort food and I'm with Jen, bring on the Tex-Mex!!

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  4. Love the fusion of mexican flavors with the polenta!! YUMMM! I want to eat it!

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    1. Thanks, Sophia! The polenta works well and is so much easier than making actual tamales! :)

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  5. I'm so ok with a Tex-mex recipe today.. Especially one as good as this one..

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    1. Thank you, dear! Now send me some of those biscuits!!

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  6. im a big tex-mex person and will absolutely take this pie any day :) this looks soooo freaking good.

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  7. This is one casserole dish of cheesy delight we would love! YUM!

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    1. Thanks Pamela! Can't go wrong with all that cheese!

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  8. Gimme ALL the Tex-Mex! But seriously, I want to swan dive into this polenta pie. YUM.

    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

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    1. Haha, wish I could send it over to you!

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  9. I love this! What a perfect weeknight dinner. I may not be a TX girl, but even a staunch Midwesterner can crave a week of Tex-Mex, too! :)

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    1. Thanks, Ruthy! Who doesn't love Tex-Mex?! :)

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  10. Sooo... I don't know if I've ever had polenta. This should probably be remedied!

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  11. You can never have too many tex-mex recipes! I could eat it every day! This looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! I agree, I could eat it every day!

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  12. yes please i love to have it on my plate

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  13. oh my gosh, yum! I recently (re)-made a mexican pot pie which is to die for...this is a similar idea with different ingredients and I KNOW I'll love it!

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    1. Oh, that sounds delicious! Is the recipe on your site??

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