Green Chile and Cheese Tamales

You will need a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven and steamer or a tamale steamer for this Mexican-inspired main dish. Creamed and whole kernel corn add nice texture to the filling.

SERVINGS
36
YIELD
36 to 38 tamales
PREP TIME
1 hr 30 mins
Ingredients
  • 36 - 38 dried corn husks (about 8 inches long and 6 inches wide at the top)
  • 3 cups Masa Harina (corn tortilla flour)
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (3 cups)
  • 1 15 1/4 ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 8 1/2 ounce can or 1/2 of a 15 to 16-can (scant 1 cup) cream-style corn
  • 1 4 ounce can diced green chile or jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 cup bottled green salsa
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
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Directions
1. 
In a large roasting pan, soak corn husks in hot water for 30 minutes or until soft. Drain well. Pat dry with paper towels.
2. 
Meanwhile, for filling, in a very large bowl stir together masa harina and water until well combined. Stir in chicken, cheese, whole kernel corn, cream-style corn, undrained diced green chile peppers, salsa, cooking oil, and salt.
3. 
For each tamale, starting about 1-1/2 inches from pointed end, spread 1/4 cup of the filling along one long side of a corn husk into a rectangle about 4 inches long and 2 inches wide. Fold husk over filling. Fold short end of the husk up over filling. Roll up from long side to completely enclose the filling. Tie open end of tamale with strips of corn husk or 100 percent cotton kitchen string.
4. 
To steam, stand tamales upright in a steamer basket set over at least 1 1/2 inches of boiling water in a very large Dutch oven. Dont pack them in too tightly, but fill the space.* Cover steamer. Reduce heat to medium. Steam for 30 minutes. Carefully remove from steamer. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving. They will get firmer as they cool. Makes 36 to 38 tamales.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Wrap and freeze the cooked tamales in the corn husks. To serve, remove frozen tamales from freezer container. Place tamales in a steamer basket over gently boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through. Wrap and freeze the cooked tamales in the corn husks. To serve, remove frozen tamales from freezer container. Place tamales in a steamer basket over gently boiling water for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 124, Fat, total (g) 6, chol. (mg) 22, sat. fat (g) 2, carb. (g) 12, Monosaturated fat (g) 2, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 1, pro. (g) 8, vit. A (IU) 97, vit. C (mg) 2, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 2, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 24, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, sodium (mg) 172, Potassium (mg) 107, calcium (mg) 91, iron (mg) 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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