Three-Bean Chili with Polenta Crust Recipe
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Three-Bean Chili with Polenta Crust Recipe

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Easy to assemble, this zesty one-dish meal is ideal for a busy weeknight or to serve last-minute guests. Dial down the heat by using a Mexican blend instead of the chili seasoning.—Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware
Recommended: 52 Date Night Dinners
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 envelope chili seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 tube (1 pound) polenta, cut into thin slices
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded pepper Jack cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 393 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 1495mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 11g fiber), 18g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, saute onion and pepper in oil until tender. Add the garlic, chili seasoning, brown sugar and allspice; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the beans, broth and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  2. Transfer to an ungreased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish (dish will be full). Place dish on a baking sheet. Arrange polenta slices over top; sprinkle with cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Three-Bean Chili with Polenta Crust in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2012, p94

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karynzeff User ID: 6903738 219650
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2015

"Fantastic...the kids even loved it!! Used kidney beans in place of pinto and used cinnamon and nutmeg only instead of all spice(I didn't have on hand)"

thomsmom User ID: 2041371 219270
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2015

"Good recipe and I love the idea of the polenta . For individual taste preference and FAMILY TRADITION I subbed kidney beans for the pinto - I hate those. If I want to make chili CON CARNE (trans: chili with meat) I will just brown the meat, add water and eliminate the broth. I also suggest trying Mexican three cheese blend and chopped onions on top of the polenta with some more on the side. As is yum"

Wayschool User ID: 1053704 219230
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2015

"Looks delicious!"

Grandma E. User ID: 3131869 219147
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"I can't imagine chile without meat. Seems like a weird gazpacho that's hot."

Ald565 User ID: 7073617 219128
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"I am not sure how a person can review the taste and texture when the review is posted immediately after the recipe appears"

miguelje User ID: 7697602 219121
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"Not real chile more like a spicy stew. To many strange ingredients but ok for Anglo chili."

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