Frugal Black Beans and Polenta

This is a recipe I found somewhere on the internet and adapted it. It's really filling and makes enough for 6 people and costs about 50 cents per person :) I made it tonight and it was very filling and tasty!



  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 15 oz. cans of black beans (drained & rinse)
  • 1 cup salsa


To make polenta, bring the water and salt to a boil. Then add the cornmeal very slowly so it doesn't clump. Keep stirring on low heat until it's really thick. Be careful because it will bubble and splash! This might take 20 minutes or so.

When it is thickened, and comes off the sides of the pot, spread onto a 9X13 greased pan. While polenta is sitting, combine black beans and salsa in sauce pan on medium heat.

When polenta is cooled a bit (10 minutes or so), cut into 12 even pieces. Place two pieces of polenta on a plate and scoop some black bean mixture on top.

This is really filling and tasty! I used the zucchini salsa that I made at harvest time. Feel free to add other veggies if you like.

Source: Adapted from a recipe from

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By DVG (Guest Post)
February 21, 20090 found this helpful

Sounds delish! Thanks for sharing.

I would add some frozen corn to it and some jalapenos. =)

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April 11, 20120 found this helpful

That sounds great and quick freya1970! Any chance you can share that zucchini salsa recipe you mentioned? I am trying to incorporate zucchini in more things we make since it will soon have an abundance from the garden this season.

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