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Sweet Corn Tomalito Recipe

Sweet Corn Tomalito

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"Steamed corn pudding made on the stovetop. This is a traditional Tex-Mex side dish that is a great side to any meal. Well worth the wait."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the margarine, masa flour, and sugar until light and fluffy. In a food processor or blender, blend one cup of the corn kernels with the water and cornmeal just until smooth. Stir into the masa mixture. Mix in the remaining corn, baking powder, salt, and milk until the batter is smooth. Pour into a double boiler.
  2. Place the tomalito over a large saucepan of simmering water, and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Steam for 50 to 60 minutes, or until firm. Check water occasionally, and refill if necessary. Stir pudding before serving to give it a consistent texture. Serve in small scoops.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 11, 2010

Indeed, this is exactly like Chevy's! I was a bit troubled about the lengthy cooking time and knew it could be accomplished in the microwave in a fraction of the time. These settings and times will differ from microwave to microwave, but I cooked the tomalito, covered, for 7 min. at 30% power and then 4 min. at full power. It came out awesome after only 11 minutes. Experiment, because this stellar recipe warrants being made often! I originally rated this in June 2004 but wanted to make sure new viewers saw my microwave directions because they are soooo easy.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 08, 2010

I did not understand the cooking directions at all! It sounded like put a pan on top of a pot? So, I then followed the rest of the directions. And, I used a hand-emulsion blender for ease. To cook it I used a water bath method of another similar sweet corn pudding recipe on here. When done baking to thicken it up a little more, I then put it in a bowl covered with plastic wrap and microwaved it a tad. It appeared more like what I thought it should, but then it got really "dry." The original directions really need to make this clear on how to cook this! I really like anything corn, but this is just not something I would make again. Although, a lot of people may like it I think sweet corn cake, might just not be for me, as it is too heavy, greasy, and sweet.

Apr 02, 2006

Gorgeous recipe! I cut the sugar to 1/4 cup, substituted butter for the margarine, and used previous reviewers' suggestions for microwaving (7 min. at 30%, 4 min. at 100%). Cutting down the sugar lets us use it as a base for toppings (sliced jalapenos or salsa or seasoned meat) or even as a filling for tacos/burritos, without being too sweet. But when we want this for dessert, I bump it up to the 1/3 cup of sugar, and voila! Perfection. Thanks for the great recipe! (Oh, and btw, to other reviewers-- there really is no substitute for masa harina. It makes all the difference in this recipe.)

Mar 04, 2006

just like chevy's! i cut down the butter to make it healthier. i found that steaming this in a pie pan over a large soup pot allowed for the most even cooking.

May 28, 2009

This can also be cooked in the oven! According to the Chevy's cookbook, you should cover the pan tightly with foil, place in a larger roasting pan, pour enough water into the roasting pan to reach 3/4" depth, and cook their Sweet Corn Tomalito in a 250 degree oven until a thermometer reads 175 degrees F (I assume when placed in the center of the casserole). For a 13"x9"x2" pan of corn tomalito, this should take 1 1/2 - 2 hours, but it would probably take much less for an 8"x8" pan, I would guess 60-90 minutes. Cooking over a pot of boiling water seems precarious, and I'm not a fan of cooking in the microwave, so this is the method I'm going to use.

Dec 28, 2006

This was SO good!! I used 1/4 c. of sugar and I use sweet frozen corn. It doesn't make much. I had to make a another batch cause the first one went by so fast! Very easy to make... I did it in the microwave. 7 minutes at 30% power, then 4 minutes at 100% power. Came out perfect!! I also had some left over for the next day and it was a little dry. So I added a tablespoon of water and microwave it for a min and came out perfect again!!

Sep 01, 2003

This Recipe was taken an adapted from a Restaurant Called Chevy's original recipe. Most people get confused with the Masa Harina. This is simply "Corn Flour" .. This Recipe is Great! Everyone should try it! Its the kind of thing that you'll have to make for a large group of people.. consider how often do you use Cornflour and Cornmeal in everyday cooking?

Feb 05, 2006

GREAT! I have wanted a recipe for this for a long time. I have now made it three times: the first was the agonizing steam method. Then I wised up and used the microwave. A covered dish for 9-10 minutes on 90% gave me a great consistency. Wonderful recipe; my kids, including the 9-month-old, just loved it.


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  • Calories
  • 174 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26.7 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 7.3 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 271 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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