Mexican Polenta Pie paired with Jordan Black Magic Merlot

This Mexican polenta pie is true comfort food! Made with pork and pinto beans in the crockpot and baked with polenta and cheese.

Pair this recipe with:

Jordan Black Magic Merlot 2015

The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird. At Jordan Wine Estate, our Merlot vineyards are based on Black Tourmaline-rich granite which darkens the soil, leading to perfumed, inky wines.

Harvested from mature east and west facing vineyards established on mother soils of decomposed granite. Part whole-berry fermentation and softer pump-overs extract aromas of red plums and dark bitter chocolate. French oak maturation seasons the wine to accentuate the seductive flavours and generous velvety tannins.


  • 1 lb. pork butt or pork shoulder (a large semi-fatty cut of meat with no bones)
  • 1 lb. dry pinto beans, soaked
  • 12 oz. light beer + 12 oz. water (just refill the bottle)
  • 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 16 oz. jar salsa
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups polenta
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 14 oz. can corn, drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste (be generous!)
  • shredded cheese, cilantro, and salsa for topping