By Kansas Living

Slow Cooker Mexican Polenta Pie

Garlic Mexican Polenta Pie


  • 2-3 lbs. pork butt (pork shoulder)
  • 1 lb. dry pinto beans, soaked 6-8 hours
  • 1 ½ cups beer plus 1 ½ cups chicken broth (or substitute chicken broth in place of beer, if preferred)
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 2-3 tsp. chipotle sauce
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • 5-6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 ½ cups polenta
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Colby-Jack shredded cheese


Place the soaked pinto beans over the bottom of the slow cooker; top with pork, then add the beer, chicken broth, tomatoes, salsa, chipotle sauce, taco seasoning, and garlic. Cook pork and beans on low for 6-8 hours, or until pork is very fork-tender and beans are done. Using two forks, pull pork apart to shred, when pork has cooled slightly.

In a large sauté pan over medium high heat, bring 6 cups of chicken broth and polenta to a boil; reduce heat to medium low and simmer polenta until it begins to bubble; add corn, stirring polenta often to keep it from scorching on the bottom. Cook polenta for 20-25 minutes or until thickened, adding more broth if need; season polenta to taste with salt and pepper.

Preheat broiler; place meat and bean mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan, then spread the polenta over the top. Sprinkle polenta with cheese, then place pan beneath broiler for 2-3 minutes (watch carefully) until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve pie garnished with fresh salsa, cilantro, sour cream, olives, jalapenos, etc. – use your favorites!

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