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Tamale Bowls [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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These vegan Tamale-Inspired Bowls are a quick and easy dish, ready in less than 30 minutes, but they bring home the flavors of a bowl of tamale pie. The filling contains black beans, pinto beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, chilies, and vegan cheese. For ease and simplicity, this recipe utilizes pre-cooked polenta rolls or logs, available at most supermarkets. Choose polenta that is organic.

Tamale Bowls [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Ingredients

  • 1 pre-cooked polenta roll, cut into 8 slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (4-ounce) can mild green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted tomatoes, lightly drained
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups vegan pepperjack-style cheese
  • 4 scallions, minced
  • 2 fresno or 1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup minced cilantro
  • Fresh salsa, for serving

Preparation

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the polenta slices until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic and cook until golden, about 30 seconds. Stir in the green chilies and cumin. Cook for 2 minutes, or until most the liquid from the chilies evaporates.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, beans and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the flavors meld, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cheese, scallions, peppers and cilantro. Stir until the cheese melts, about 3 minutes.
  4. Using 4 (2-cup) baking dishes or ramekins, place 2 polenta slices into each cup. Divide the bean mixture equally among the containers and serve the bowls with salsa fresca.

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AUTHOR & RECIPE DETAILS


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Zsu Dever is the author of the cookbooks, Vegan Bowls and Everyday Vegan Eats: Family Favorites from My Kitchen to Yours. She is a vegan mother of three teenagers and three adopted kitties. She resides in San Diego, CA, where she enjoys photography, recipe development, nature and blogging at Zsu's Vegan Pantry.


 

 



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4 comments on “Tamale Bowls [Vegan, Gluten-Free]”

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Airkowski Fshley
2 Years Ago

Bobby Kispert


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Tarek Eid
2 Years Ago

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Sherri Spangler-Herman
2 Years Ago

looks,good.


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Rachel Curit
2 Years Ago

That looks really good!


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