Chili with Polenta

Skill Level
2 servings

This easy, quick chili combo tastes like old-fashioned tamale pie, but with polenta standing in for cornbread. It works well for car camping because there’s so little to pack—and because it’s fast and very satisfying.


Putting It All Together

  1. Make the chili according to package directions and set aside, covered.
  2. Put cornmeal, salt and 1 ½ cups of water in a medium pot and stir to mix.
  3. Cook cornmeal over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until it bubbles, thickens and pulls away from sides of the pan (about 5 minutes).
  4. Spoon polenta into bowls. Thin chili with a little more hot water if needed and pour it onto the polenta. Top with cheese and, if you're using them, green onions.