Chili Polenta

It’s like this- I like to liken polenta to the comic strip Family Circus.  Both are bland, mushy, and lacking in any discernable purpose.  Perhaps a shot of chili will spark some panache in drab old polenta.

It's been 323 days?  Jeffy says chili gives you cancer.  If that's true, we are totally screwwwwwed.

It’s been 323 days! Jeffy says chili gives you cancer. If that’s true, we are totally screwed.


3 ¾ C water

1 T chili powder

1 T brown sugar

½ t cumin

½ t garlic powder

½ t paprika

½ t coriander

¼ t celery salt

1/8 t cayenne

1 C corn meal


  1. Add seasonings and sugar to the water and heat until boiling.
  2. Add cornmeal and cook on low 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Allow mix to cool and pour into a pie plate.
  4. Set in the refrigerator 30 minutes to overnight.
  5. Bake at 400F for 18 minutes.
  6. Serve.
Chili Polenta

Chili Polenta

Tasting Notes:

A new twist on an old standby can be as welcome as a spring breeze.  Queen’s version of Bohemian Rhapsody is unlistenable, but tonight my son’s jazz band breathed life into that tune’s fetid carcass.  My twist culinary twist gave poor, monotonous polenta new life. Certainly, it was a life of debt to chili but matters could be worse.  Think of chili polenta as you would a soft and moderately spicy side-dish because, in the end, chili polenta is just that.  As a bonus, it is far more palatable than Family Circus.

*Pairing Note:

Would pair with taco salad or a set of missing dentures.

Please vote in the chili cookoff finals.  My rendering of a Canadian favorite can be found  (here)

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6 Responses to Chili Polenta

  1. Lynn & Dick Pluim says:

    Love it!

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Cute! And If you have not seen the dangers of mixing alcohol and Queen, perhaps you should watch this. It does get better as it goes on.

  3. Oh, and he’s Canadian!

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