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Chevys Sweet Corn Tomalito Copcat Recipe
Chevys Sweet Corn Tomalito
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Side Dish
Calories: 30
Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Recipe Rating: 5.0 (9 reviews)

Other Mexican food chains such as Chi-Chi's and El Torito call it "Sweet Corn Cake." But at Chevys, the corn-filled, pudding-like stuff that's served with most entrees is known as "Tomalito." That masa harina in there corn flour is what's used to make tamales, and it can be found in your supermarket either with the corn meal and flour, or where the other Mexican/Spanish items are stocked. Everything else here is basic stuff. While other corn cake recipes may require canned corn or canned cream-style corn, Chevys "no cans in the kitchen" commandment requires that we use frozen corn for a proper clone. You may also use corn that's been cut fresh from the cob.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

4 cups frozen corn, thawed
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup masa harina
1/2 cup corn meal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2. Cream softened butter together with sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add milk and masa and mix well.

3. Use a blender or food processor to puree 2 cups of corn until smooth. Add pureed corn to butter/masa mixture and mix well. Add corn meal, baking powder, salt and remaining corn and mix until combined. 

4. Pour the mixture into an ungreased 8x8-inch baking pan. Cover with foil and place it into a 9x13-inch baking pan. Add hot water to the larger baking pan until it's about 1/3 full. Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the corn cake is firm in the center. Let it sit covered for 10 minutes before serving. To serve, scoop out 1/2 cup portions with a large spoon.

Makes 8 servings.

Submitted on: 04/04/17
I've never eaten at Chevys, but I've been looking for a recipe like this. I could have eaten the whole tray, it was that good. Made the kitchen smell amazing, too!
Can't wait to make this !!!
ZiZi Cordova  
Submitted on: 03/13/17
I have been searching for this recipe! So happy to have found it and am really looking forward to whipping this up !!
Absolutely PERFECT
Submitted on: 02/16/17
Tastes JUST like Chevy's, couldn't be any more perfect!! THANKS!!!
Submitted on: 12/08/16
Love it
Heather Violet  
Submitted on: 12/22/13
Very good, I've made this several times and it turns out exactly like Chevy's. Have gotten many, many compliments! Thank you!
Submitted on: 12/11/08
Have made this recipe over a dozen times! Turns out great every time!
Submitted on: 12/18/06
Taste exactly like the restaurant! Fantastic!
Lisa Carey  
Submitted on: 09/14/05
SO GOOOD!!!! As usual everyone in the family loves it...Thanks
San Diego Fan  
Submitted on: 07/21/05
Made this recipe and ate the whole thing. Just like at the restaurant. SOOO GOOD!!!