Creamy Corn Tamales

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 3h 35m

Makes about 10 tamales

The corn harvest is celebrated all over Latin America with different versions of these sweet corn packets wrapped in corn husks. They're a good choice for the beginning tamale maker because they don’t contain masa.


  • One package (8 ounces) dried corn husks
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup hominy grits
  • 3 cups canned corn, undrained (two 12-ounce cans)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salsa Fresca and sour cream



Soak dried corn husks in hot water 2 hours or overnight. Drain husks on paper towels. Cut a few moistened husks into 6 x 1/4-inch strips.

Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add grits and cook until golden, about 4 minutes. Add corn and its juices, milk, salt, pepper and sugar. Simmer until mixture is thick as oatmeal, about 7 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly. Stir in baking powder. Cover and refrigerate.


Spread 1 or 2 whole husks lengthwise on counter with narrow end pointing away from you. Spread about 2 1/2 tablespoons filling down center, leaving about 2 inches bare at top of husk. Fold sides over, then ends to enclose filling. Tie tamale closed using 6-inch husk strips. Repeat with remaining husks, filling and strips.


Add enough water to large pot to come 1 inch up sides. Cover bottom of steamer basket with remaining corn husks. Arrange tamales upright and in layers in steamer basket. Cover pot and bring water to boil. When water begins to boil, place steamer basket with tamales into pot. Reduce heat to low. Cover and steam tamales, checking water level occasionally, about 1 hour. Remove basket from pot and let rest 10 minutes.

Transfer tamales to platter and serve hot with salsa and sour cream.

Copyright 2000, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, all rights reserved.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 5821

nutrition information per serving

175 calories; 7g total fat; 17mg cholesterol; 419mg sodium; 27g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 4g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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