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Polenta Tamale Pie

What you need: 

1 pound ground vegan meat (I used SmartGround taco/burrito)
safflower oil, for sauteing
1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed
6 ounces vegetable broth
cayenne pepper, to taste
ground cumin, to taste
garlic salt, to taste
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped, divided
1 (1 pound) roll prepared polenta, sliced into 1/3" thick rounds
12 ounces vegan cheese

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Defrost and saute vegan meat in a bit of safflower oil for around 5 minutes, or until heated through over medium heat. Add salsa, black beans, broth, cayenne, cumin, garlic salt and 1/2 the cilantro and simmer until mixture thickens.
2. Oil a 9x9" glass baking dish. Place approximately 1/3 the polenta in bottom of dish. Cover with 1/3 vegan meat mixture and then 1/3 vegan cheese.
3. Repeat layering twice more (a total of 3 layers), top with remaining cilantro and bake for 40 minutes. You may choose to broil for 30 seconds or so in order to crispify top layer of vegan cheese.
Serve with a light salad. Yum. Very tasty.

Preparation Time: 
45 minutes-1 hour
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
6
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

5 stars!!  I made this last night and it was a huge hit!  I'm not a fan of the texture of ground meat, so I subbed 2 cups of cooked lentils.  I used 1/2 brick of Daiya cheddar and 1/2 bag of shredded Daiya mozzarella (because that's what I had in the house) and it turned out absolutely amazing.  My 5 year old son had 4 helpings, and cried tonight because I wasn't serving it again.  It's THAT GOOD. 

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Excellent.  I used  1 cup  of tvp for the meat and taco seasoning instead of garlic salt and cumin.

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I made this dish for our dinner this week, and it was fabulous. My husband and I love all the different elements needed to make this dish delicious, and I did not change a thing. Thanks for sharing:o)

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OMG! This is sooo Good!! I used Soyrizo which is pretty spicy and instead of the spices recommended I used some taco seasoning, it is very flavorful and spicy. Daiya cheese makes this so cheesy and delicious! I am defiantly going to make this again for my friends!

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Made this again after not having made it in about a year and a half.  Since I last made it, I discovered Daiya "cheese" and used that in the recipe.  This is a quick, easy to make meal when you are in a rush.  Let it sit for a few minutes before serving and serve with a salad -- fast and delicious!

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This was unbelievably good. I used Teese mozzarella and Fantastic Foods vegan taco meat. Will go into heavy rotation at my house.

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Yuuuuuum!! This recipe is delicious just as is, loved it!! It was easy, quick to make and a big hit in my home.  :w00t!:

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Great recipe for a quick dinner!  I found some sundried tomato and garlic polenta and used that along with Trader Joe's habanero and lime salsa.  The SmartGround wasn't the taco seasoned one so I added my own chili powder, garlic, and cumin.  When I first took it out of the oven, it was kind of on the soupy side and had to be served with a spoon.  Let it sit for just a few minutes and you get more of a casserole consistency.  Served it with a salad and it was well received in our house.  For the cheese part, I love FYH cheese, but can't stand that it doesn't melt, but most vegan cheeses (other than Teese) doesn't do it.  So I mixed up a little almond milk on the stove and put some of the FYH cheese and some nutritional yeast in and kept it warm while I made the layers.  Then I spooned it on and didn't have to deal with the chunks of "cheese" that you normally get.  Thanks for the great recipe! :)

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This is a very nice versatile recipe - one that you can add and subtract from depending on what you are in the mood for.  I layered mine a bit differently.  I divided the polenta and cheese into 3 portions, but I divided the soy meat into two.  On the bottom I put a layer of polenta and cheese, then I added half of the soy meat mixture.  In the middle I put polenta and cheese, then the other half of the soy meat mixture. Then, on the top, you guessed it, polenta cheesey goodness.

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I really enjoyed this recipe although I made a few changes. I needed to make a soy-free version so instead of soy cheese I used the nutritional yeast queso recipe from this website and instead of soy meat substitute I used Field Grains Mexican Chipotle sausage. Because the sausage was very spicy I omited the spices listed in the recipe. Turned out very flavorfal and filling! I also used more polenta than the recipe called for.

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