Cheesy Jalapeño & Bacon Polenta


Yield: 6 servings


Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 45 Min


  • 2 TB Butter
  • 2 Jalapeños, diced
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Dry Polenta (Bob's Red Mill)
  • 8oz Bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 8 oz Grated Pepper Jack and Cheddar (equal parts)
  • 3 TB Chives, chopped
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper


  1. Heat a large pot to medium-low heat and add in the butter.
  2. Once the butter has melted, add in the jalapeños and sauté for about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Pour in the water and milk and bring to a boil.
  4. Add in the polenta, lower the heat to simmer and continue stirring for about 5 minutes.
  5. Once the polenta thickens, it should be finished cooking.
  6. Turn off the heat, add in the cheese and stir until melted and season with kosher salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Stir in a couple TB of chopped chives.
  8. Serve the polenta in a wide dish and top with bacon and extra chives.
  9. If the polenta gets too thick, add in a little more milk or water.
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