15-Minute Black Beans over Polenta

Easy Vegan Polenta Recipe – Need a meal that comes together in less than 15 minutes? Need a dinner that’s easy to prepare? This Black Beans over Polenta dish has you covered!

Mexican Black Beans over Polenta

No stress. No mess. Dinner on the table in 15 minutes or less.

What is Polenta?

Polenta is an Italian dish made from ground corn. It is extremely versatile and can be served in a number of ways, including both sweet and savory.

As a sweet dish, I like to serve hot and creamy polenta topped with fresh fruit and this Coconut Pineapple Milk.

As a savory dish – well the options are nearly endless. But one of the easiest ways to serve savory polenta is this 15-Minute Black Beans over Polenta.

Quick Cooking Easy Vegan Polenta Recipe

Mexican Black Beans Over Polenta Easy Vegan Polenta Recipe

This Easy Vegan Polenta Recipe is a delicious and healthy way to eat polenta.

Here are a few tips for getting this meal on the table in 15-minute or less:

1. Cook your polenta in the crock pot or Instant Pot according to these directions. I place mine in my slow cooker in the morning, so it’s ready when it’s time to eat. (If you don’t have any crock pot polenta ready, follow instructions on this post for pan-cooked polenta and add 15 minutes to prep time.)

2. Start the skillet heating while you cut the onions.

3. Use a veggie chopper to cut the vegetables. (Optional, but saves time and work.)

4. Put the onions in the skillet while you quickly cut the peppers.

5. Peel and mince the garlic while the onions and peppers are sautéing.

6. Measure out seasonings (into a bowl), and open the can of beans and drain them while the onions and peppers are sautéing.

7. Dice tomatoes while beans are heating.

Viola! You are outta that kitchen. And enjoying this delicious meal 🙂

Mexican Black Beans Over Polenta

Black Beans over Polenta – That Was Easy!

Add a fresh, green salad with a creamy dressing and you have a delicious meatless meal.
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
YIELD 4 servings
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  • 5 cups cooked polenta - (See easy directions here.)
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced - or sweet onion
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt - (or 3/4 teaspoon salt if beans are not salted) (See note)
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups (one 15-ounce can) cooked black beans - rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium, Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro



  • In a skillet, sauté onion and pepper in oil over medium heat until onions are translucent, stirring often (about 8 minutes).
  • Add garlic and sauté one additional minute.
  • Add seasonings, lime juice, and black beans. Turn heat to high and cook until thoroughly heated (about 2 minutes).
  • Stir in tomatoes. Remove from heat.
  • Divide polenta among four plates or shallow bowls, spoon bean mixture over polenta and top with cilantro and other desired toppings.
    Serve hot.


The amount of salt needed will vary greatly depending on how much salt is in your beans.
Yield: 5 cups cooked polenta + 2 1/2 to 3 cups bean topping
(2 to 4 servings)

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