Mexican Beef over Polenta

Mexican Beef over Polenta

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 424.7
  • Total Fat: 10.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 75.4 mg
  • Sodium: 1,477.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 41.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5.8 g
  • Protein: 34.0 g

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Seasoned ground beef & vegetables are spooned over instant , homemade polenta. Top with cheese (optional) , salsa, & cilantro. Seasoned ground beef & vegetables are spooned over instant , homemade polenta. Top with cheese (optional) , salsa, & cilantro.
Number of Servings: 4


    1 pound uncooked lean ground beef (7% fat)
    1 small onion, chopped
    14 .5 ounces of diced tomatoes, with chiles, drained, reserved 1 Tbsp of liquid (i.e Rotel)
    1 cup canned corn, drained, or frozen, thawed corn kernels
    2 Tbsp canned or jarred jalapeno peppers, pickled, chopped (optional)
    3/4 tsp table salt, divided
    1/4 tsp ground cumin
    1/8 tsp black pepper
    3/4 cup polenta, quick (instant) cooking
    3 cups canned chicken broth
    1/3 cup salsa
    1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-style cheese or reduced-fat Colby Jack Cheese (optional topping)
    2 Tbsp cilantro, or scallion, fresh, chopped


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 canned tomatoes and reserved liquid, corn, jalapenos (if using), 1/4 tsp of salt, cumin and pepper; simmer 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend.

Meanwhile, in a small pot, combine cornmeal (polenta), broth and remaining 1/2 tsp of salt; stir well. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring constatley, until cormenal is thick,--about 5 minutes.

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. Calories for 6 servings is 283. Calories for 4 (larger portions) is 424.

NOTES: The polenta will be soft after cooking but will firm up if allowed to stand for a few minutes before serving. This is one of my favorite Weight Watchers recipes.

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user SANDYGAR59.

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