STREAMING NOW: Taste in Translation

Corn, Cheese and Chili Tamales With Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa

Want more from Genius Kitchen?

Watch on your Apple TV, Roku, or Fire TV and your iOS, Fire, or Android device.

Learn More
“My favoite Tamales . . . and worth every minute of the time it takes to prepare! Recipes comes for September 2001 issue of Cooking Light. Prep time includes soaking time.”
3hrs 45mins
18 tamales

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Salsa:
  2. Cook tomatillos, onion, garlic and chilies in heavy large skilllet over high heat until charred in spots but still firm, turning occsionally, about 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer to food processor or blender.
  4. Using on/off setting, chop coarsely.
  5. Add all remaining ingredients.
  6. Blend to course puree.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Cover and Chill (can be made up to 24 hours ahead).
  9. Tamales:
  10. Selecting 18-20 large clean husks, place in large bowl and fill with warm water.
  11. Weight husks down with saucer and soak until soft, separating occasionally, about 2 hours.
  12. Form 36 ties by tearing several husks into 1/2 in wide strips.
  13. Char chilies directly over gas flame or under broiler until blackened on all sides.
  14. Place in medium bowls, cover tightly with plastic.
  15. Let stand 10 minutes.
  16. Peel, seed and chop chilies, set aside.
  17. To make dough, blend Masa Harina, butter, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt in processor until coarse meal forms.
  18. Add broth and blend in (mixture will be crumbly).
  19. Transfer masa mixture to large bowl.
  20. In food processor blend 2 1/2 cups corn, 1 cup cheese, baking powder, pepper and 1 1/4 teaspoon salt until coarse puree forms.
  21. Stir puree into masa mixture until blended.
  22. Add 2 1/2 cups corn to masa mixture.
  23. For each tamale, open 1 large softened husk. Place 1/3 cup tamale dough in center of husk.
  24. Make depression in center of dough and fill with 1 tablespoon chilies and 1 tablespoon shredded cheese.
  25. Using moistened fingertips, press dough over filling to cover and shape into 3 inch long log placed parallel to long edge of husk.
  26. Fold 1 long side of husk over filling and roll up to enclose.
  27. Tie ends of filled husks tightly with husk strips.
  28. Add water to large pot containing steamer insert to reach bottom of insert.
  29. Layer tamales in steamer insert.
  30. Bring water to boil and cover pot.
  31. Steam until tamales are firm (about 1 hour).
  32. Be sure to maintain water level in pot, adding adding boiling water to pot as needed.
  33. Remove steamer insert when adding water to pot.
  34. May be made 1 day in advance, cooling slightly before refrigerating.
  35. Before serving resteam for approximately 45 minutes to heat thoroughly).

Watch more

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a