Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl, mix the margarine, masa and sugar with mixer until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  2. Blend 1/2 the corn kernels with the water in a blender until smooth.
  3. Combine with margarine mixture, stirring well.
  4. Add the remaining corn, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and milk.
  5. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil.
  6. Pour the mixture into an 8-inch baking dish.
  7. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and set atop the saucepan of boiling water.
  8. Keep pan tightly wrapped and steam for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
  9. Check water level often, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. I have also made this in the oven, setting the pan in a water bath.
  11. 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.
Most Helpful

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.

jswinks June 15, 2011

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!

Camel_Cracker December 25, 2009

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. May 06, 2002

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