Chevy's Sweet Corn Tamalitos Recipe - (2024)


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Submitted by Miss Erin C.

"I started seeing this delightful little scoop of heaven on the edge of my plate at a few of the Mexican restaurants around town, so I decided make it at home. This recipe is actually the recipe they use at Chevy's, which I found published in the local paper."


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Ready In:
1hr 10mins





  • 5 tablespoons margarine, softened
  • 14 cup masa harina flour
  • 13 cup sugar
  • 2 cups corn kernels (fresh or frozen, thawed)
  • 12 cup cornmeal
  • 12 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon milk



  • In a small bowl, mix the margarine, masa and sugar with mixer until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Blend 1/2 the corn kernels with the water in a blender until smooth.
  • Combine with margarine mixture, stirring well.
  • Add the remaining corn, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and milk.
  • Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil.
  • Pour the mixture into an 8-inch baking dish.
  • Tightly cover with plastic wrap and set atop the saucepan of boiling water.
  • Keep pan tightly wrapped and steam for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Check water level often, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • I have also made this in the oven, setting the pan in a water bath.
  • I do not know the temp I had the oven on, or how long I kept it inches If anyone tries it, please add that info.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Does it need to actually get the steam or can I use a double boiler? This would be much easier if the steam doesn't need to actually reach the mixture.

    Donna T.

  2. Can this be made without using a mixer? Also can you used a rice cooker or a food steamer?

  3. Can I make ahead of time and freeze it?




  1. Amazing! I put in an 8x8 pyrex covered with foil, then into a 9x13 pyrex with the water in it (make sure the water is boiling first, otherwise cooking will take longer). Baked for an hour at 350 and it was perfect! It did seem a little "crumbly" compared to what I remember from Chevy's, but I did use a couple Tbsp less butter, and only 1/4 c sugar. Was not dry though. And between 6 of us at dinner, the entire thing was gone. A huge hit! Served warm, after sitting a bit from the oven.


  2. Woowhee!!! We had a Tex-Mex Christmas Eve dinner and I brought this. It tastes just like the Tamalitos from Chevy's and was super easy to make,. I had never heard of cooking in a water bath before, so I was nervous. I poured it into an 8" pyrex covered in foil, and set it inside of a longer pyrex half full of boiling water. It cooked at 350 degrees in about an hour and 10 minutes. Thanks!


  3. I love sweet corn!! The first time I ever tasted this dish was at my favorite Tex-Mex restaurant. It was served on the side of the plate, and not only would they NOT give me the recipe, they wouldn't even tell me what it was called... LOL! Thanks Erin for posting this recipe! I used fresh super-sweet corn and it was heavenly! :o)

    Terri F.

  4. This recipe taste just like the Tomalito from Chevy's. To make it simpler I added an additional cup of water and cooked in my rice cooker on the brown rice setting and came out perfect!


  5. very rich and sweet, also you can micrwave it on high. make sure it's in a hot bath and cover also, it takes about 15 min. stir half way through.


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  1. This was really good. I did it in the instant pot. Wrapped a dish with plastic wrap and put it on the steam rack with 1 cup water for 35 minutes.

    Jim F.

  2. Added cumin


  3. I LOVE tomalitos and this recipe did not disappoint. I subbed flour for masa harina and since i was using my dad's freezer corn i left out the water. I did add some chili beans too --- just to shake things up a bit. Since my oven was already hot (350) i went ahead and baked it in a water bath for 45 mins. It is muy delicioso!! Thanks a bunch!!


  4. I made a few minor changes; I used butter instead of marg, cut the sugar in half, and added 1/2 tin kidney beans. Served with a little salsa and cheese and a side salad, it was a complete meal. I took it to a potluck where it was a big hit, even though I let it get a little dry by re-heating it for too long.

    Jenny Sanders


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