Mexican Polenta With Bacon {GF, Recipe Video}

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Autumn recipe idea – gluten-free Mexican polenta with bacon.

So it is that time of the year again. That time when I spend quite a lot of time in my head. You know that place where it is all hot, sunny, sandy beaches, blue waters, fruits, cocktails and all that good, good food.

Recently I have been thinking that the ‘in my head place’ might be Mexico. Especially perfect if it came with a side helping of refried beans, sweetcorn and chipotle. So much so that I woke up in the middle of the night to write down the idea of this Mexican polenta with bacon recipe, and even sketch out the photography set up.

 gluten-free Mexican polenta with bacon. | Recipes From A Pantry

The recipe for this Mexican polenta is easy. Fry the best bacon in the world (aka smoky spoiltpig bacon), add in some sweet corn, spring onions, tomatoes and smoky chipotle paste. Add the mix along with some refried beans to some creamy cheesy polenta, bake for a 20 mins and you are done. It is like bacon and Mexican food and polenta heaven in every single mouthful. So, so good. Chek out the video below.

Oh and if you prefer you can get some pre-cooked polenta from the supermarket. Makes this dish even easier to whip up.

Please, please, please make it and enjoy every mouthful.

Ooh, and I have some great news for you bacon lovers. The Spoiltpig team have an on pack promotion ( going live from the week commencing 7th November) which gives you the chance to win a weekend break courtesy of Holiday Cottages.  Everyone who enters will also save £50 on their first Holiday Cottages booking.  To enter, you will need to input your unique code found on promotional packs of spoiltpig. Good luck guys as I hope one of you wins it.

 Gluten-free Mexican polenta with bacon. | Recipes From A Pantry

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5 from 2 votes

Mexican Polenta With Bacon {GF}

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Bintu Hardy


For the Polenta

  • 1 L (4 cups) vegetable stock
  • 160 g (5.6oz) polenta
  • 6 tbsp of grated parmesan
  • Salt

For the Mexican Mix

  • 6 slices of bacon diced
  • 4 spring onions sliced
  • 125 g (4.4oz) sweet corn
  • 3 large tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tsp chipotle paste
  • 400 g (14oz) refried beans


  • Bring the stock to boil in an oven ready casserole pot.
  • Then slowly add in the polenta whisking all the while till it thickens. Reduce the heat to low and stir for a few minutes with a wooden spoon. Then cover and stir every 8 or so mins until the polenta is cooked. The whole cooking process takes about 45 mins. The polenta is cooked when it is very thick and falls away from the side of the pan. When the polenta is cooked, stir in the cheese before switching off the heat.
  • Preheat the oven to fan-assisted 160C / 180C / 350F / gas 4.
  • Add bacon to a frying pan and cook until done. Mix in the spring onion, sweetcorn and tomatoes and fry for a min. Stir in the chipotle paste and switch off the heat.
  • Top the warm cooked polenta with the refried beans, then the chipotle bacon mix and bake for 15-20 mins in the preheated oven.
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