I was in the mood for Mexican food for dinner, but I didn't have any tortillas in the house. So, I figured polenta might be a good substitute. I was right - it made a perfect base for refried beans, roasted vegetables, salsa, and Cheddar cheese. You can also use any other ingredients you'd normally put in your tacos - perhaps grilled chicken or seasoned ground beef if you want to take this in a non-vegetarian route. This dish is comfort in a bowl, and really easy to pull together for any number of servings.
½ small bell pepper, chopped into bite-sized pieces
½ small summer squash, chopped into bite-sized chunks
1 large slice from a sweet onion, chopped into bite-sized pieces
Aleppo pepper salt (or salt and pepper, or salt and red pepper flakes)
¼ cup polenta
½ cup milk
Salt and pepper
½ T butter
¼ cup refried beans, heated through
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1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss the peppers, squash, and onion with the oil and Aleppo pepper salt. Spread in an even layer on a foil-lined baking sheet, and roast until softened and slightly charred, stirring occasionally.
2. Meanwhile, cook the polenta. Place the polenta in a small, nonstick saucepan along with the milk and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and then lower heat to a low simmer, stirring often. Add additional water as needed to keep the polenta relatively loose, and cook until softened. Stir in ½ T butter until melted.
3. Scrape the polenta into a bowl. Top with the refried beans, and then the roasted vegetables. Top with grated cheese and/or thin slices of cheese, and a few spoonfuls of salsa.