Instant Pot Southwestern Polenta

This recipe is my own invention. I was trying to figure out what to make for supper when I saw the polenta in the pantry at the RV. I also had tomatoes, roasted poblano peppers, lemons, and a bunch of cilantro. In the freezer, I had Costco Mexican Style Street Corn. This came together quickly and Bruce loved it.

Serves 4 to 6


  • Polenta
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 2 cups polenta (I used Bob’s Red Mill polenta.)
    • 4 cups water (You may want to add more water, if you like thinner polenta.)
    • 1 teaspoons salt
    • 1 Costco package of Mexican Style Street Corn
    • 1 1/2 cups of grated Romano cheese
  • Topping
    • 4 roasted poblano peppers
    • 1 lemon
    • 2 medium tomatoes
    • salt to taste
    • 1 bunch cilantro
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper or to taste,
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder


Instant Pot, knife, cutting board, grater, medium size bowl


  1. Polenta
    1. Set your Instant Post to Sauté. Melt the butter in the inner pot.
    2. Add the polenta and 4 cups of the water to the inner pot and stir it until smooth.
    3. Add the Costco package of Mexican Style Street Corn to the inner pot and stir.
    4. Press cancel and put the lid on the Instant Pot.
    5. Seal the pot and set the pressure to high for 15 minutes and start the pot.
    6. Let natural release for 10 minutes, then carefully release the pressure by venting.
    7. Carefully remove the lid.
    8. Stir in the 1 1/2 cups of grated Romano cheese into the polenta
  2. Topping
    1. Remove the skin from the poblano peppers and chop them. Add to bowl.
    2. Remove the stem from the tomatoes and chop them. Add to bowl.
    3. Roughly chop the cilantro leaves and add them to the bowl.
    4. Cut the lemon in half along the middle and squeeze the juice into the bowl
    5. Add the salt, pepper, cumin, onion powder, and garlic powder
    6. Stir until combined.
  3. Serve by dishing the polenta into bowls and then adding the topping


Make the topping while the polenta is cooking in the Instant Pot.

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