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Ground turkey, beans, polenta, and just the right seasonings make this dish amazing! My family devours this time and time again. I love the way the polenta makes a crust! Soooo good. I can't remember where the recipe came from but I have made it my own and perfected it. I know you will love it, too.


Recipe Summary

1 hr 5 mins
15 mins
1 hr 55 mins
35 mins
1 3-quart casserole


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 3-quart glass casserole. Break up 1 tube polenta in the casserole and press evenly so it covers the bottom of the dish.

  • Slice remaining 1 tube polenta into enough thin slices to cover the top of the casserole; set aside.

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until glistening. Add onion and bell pepper and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds.

  • Lower heat to medium and stir in turkey, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir until turkey is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Add black beans, drained tomatoes, and salsa and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • While turkey mixture is simmering, bake polenta crust in the preheated oven until firm, 7 to 10 minutes.

  • Remove polenta crust from the oven and sprinkle with 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese. Top with turkey mixture and lay sliced polenta on top.

  • Return to the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 2 cups Monterey Jack and bake until bubbly, about 10 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with chopped tomato and cilantro.

Cook's Note:

I use garlic and tomato polenta instead of traditional polenta.

Nutrition Facts

361 calories; protein 23.4g; carbohydrates 29.2g; fat 17.1g; cholesterol 63.6mg; sodium 929.2mg. Full Nutrition