Green Corn Tamales

Green Corn Tamales

Green Corn Tamales

These are perennial favorites at the Border Grill in Los Angeles. They’re delicious with Roasted Fennel Pibil with Habañero-Lime Onions, or you can serve them with sour cream and pico de gallo, a fresh salsa-like condiment made with chopped tomatoes, onions, and cilantro.

  • 20Servings


  • 1 8-oz. pkg. corn husks
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 10 cups fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking hominy grits


1. Simmer corn husks in large pot of boiling water 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and weight husks with plate to keep submerged. Soak 1 hour, or until pliable.

2. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add corn and cream, and simmer 5 to 8 minutes, or until mixture thickens. Cool. Stir in baking powder and grits. Chill.

3. Drain corn husks on paper towels. Make ties for tamales by cutting 2 or 3 husks into thin strips.

4. Spread 3 Tbs. filling down center of each corn husk. Fold over sides, then ends to enclose filling. Tie husk strips securely around tamales.

5. Line steamer basket with remaining corn husks, and place over simmering water. Add tamales, and steam over low heat 1 hour. Remove from steamer, and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 109
  • Carbohydrate Content: 17 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 11 mg
  • Fat Content: 4 g
  • Fiber Content: 2 g
  • Protein Content: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
  • Sodium Content: 27 mg
  • Sugar Content: 5 g