Cooking at Home - Polenta with Pepper and Cheese

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Published Saturday, January 14, 2023

Makes: 8 servings

Enjoy this creamy and flavorful dish, packed with cheese, beans, peppers, and corn.


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups corn meal (or polenta, uncooked)
  • 1 can whole kernel corn mixed with green and red peppers (11 ounces, drained)
  • 2 cans green chiles (7 - 8 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon margarine or butter
  • 6 ounces cheese, cheddar, reduced fat, shredded
  • 1 can black or pinto beans (15 ounces, rinsed)


  • cilantro sprigs (optional)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cut into rings)


  1. In a medium sauce pan, bring the water to a boil. Gradually add the cornmeal or polenta. Reduce heat to low.
  2. Continue stirring, add the corn, chiles and the salt. Cook 6-8 minutes or until mixture thickens, stirring occasionally.
  3. Gently stir in the margarine, cheese and beans.
  4. Remove from the heat and transfer to a serving dish.
  5. Garnish with red bell pepper rings and cilantro.

Source: California Health Department, Los Angeles County, Es Facil Campaign, Recipe submitted by Gloria Vargas

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 cup prepared polenta, 1/8 of recipe



Total Calories


Total Fat

7 g

Saturated Fat

3 g


12 mg


680 mg


41 g

Dietary Fiber

8 g

Total Sugars

3 g

Added Sugars included

0 g


13 g

Vitamin D

0 mcg


241 mg


3 mg


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