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Corn n Chile Tamales

Tamales are a simple Mexican street food to be enjoyed as an appetizer or a side. Corn and jalapeno steamed inside cornmeal in corn leaves. The tantalizing flavor of corn is the only flavor that shines with a delicate spice. Simple ingredients, simple food.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 Tamales


  • 10 Corn leaves outer wrapper of fresh corn cobs
  • 2 Corn cobs shucked
  • 1 Jalapeno chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cheese diced finely (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Extra Firm Tofu diced finely (Vegan option)
  • 1 cup Cornmeal
  • 2 tbsps Whole Wheat flour
  • Tapioca flour (Gluten-free option)


  • Remove corn husks/leaves, wash and dry out
  • Mix shucked corn, jalapeƱo and cheese; salt as desired
  • Mix cornmeal with whole wheat flour and water and make into a thick batter
  • Assembling the Tamales - arrange 3 corn leaves in a layer; spread a tablespoon of batter
  • Add a tablespoon of corn filling
  • Top with another spoonful of batter
  • Fold and cover the corn leaves carefully and place on a steamer rack
  • Repeat process steps 4 to 8 and prepare the tamales
  • Steam for 10 minutes with a lid on
  • Let tamales rest for 5 minutes before serving