Sweet Corn Tomalito – Chevy’s Copycat

Sweet Corn Tomalito – Chevy’s Copycat tastes just like the scoop of corn bread cake served with entrees at popular Mexican restaurants.

Sweet Corn Cake Chevy's Copycat

As I mentioned earlier this week, we had my parents over for a Mexican night. I made these delicious Chicken Enchiladas with Red Chili Sauce. My mom jokingly asked if I was making Sweet Corn Tomalito, that delicious, scoop-able side dish served with your meal at popular Mexican chain restaurants (Chevy’s being my favorite). I had seen recipes for this in the past, and even made one from a packet before, so I decided we would have it for dessert.  

I found this recipe and decided to make a few adjustments, namely cutting the amount of butter in half. I had never heard of masa harina, but a little Googling informed me that it’s a Mexican corn flour, and surprisingly I found it in my grocery store next to the Mexican grocery items!  

This corn cake was so yummy! It was the perfect ending to our wonderful Mexican feast!

Gluten Free Sweet Corn Sweet Corn Tomalito

Masa harina and cornmeal are technically gluten free, but certain brands may contain cross contamination with gluten. Please check your packaging to make sure your ingredients are free of gluten.

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Sweet Corn Cake Chevy's Copycat

Sweet Corn Tomalito – Chevy’s Copycat

Sweet Corn Tomalito – Chevy's Copycat tastes just like the scoop of corn bread cake served with entrees at popular Mexican restaurants.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Cool Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6


  • 4 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • 1/3 cup masa harina (Mexican corn flour)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 14 ounces canned cream-style corn
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl beat butter until it is creamy. Add the Mexican corn flour and water and beat until well mixed.
  • Using a food processor, process the corn, but leave chunky. Stir into the butter mixture.
  • In a separate bowl, mix cornmeal, sugar, milk, salt, and baking powder. Add to corn flour mixture and stir to combine.
  • Pour batter into an ungreased 8×8-inch baking pan. Smooth batter and cover with aluminum foil. Place pan into a 9×13 inch baking dish that is filled 1/3 of the way with water.
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Use an ice cream scoop for easy removal from pan.


Source: Adapted from Allrecipes.com
You’re Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword dessert, mexican, vegetarian

5 thoughts on “Sweet Corn Tomalito – Chevy’s Copycat”

  • I've actually never had this before, but I know I'd like it based on the recipe! I'll have to look for that corn flour 🙂

  • 5 stars
    I made this the other night with my husband along with your tortilla soup. This corn cake is amazing! My husband and I could've eaten the entire pan ourselves! I did use the original receipe you included the link for. I'm going to try doubling the recipe for a potluck at work later this week!

  • 5 stars
    When I first commented on this dish (02/13/11), I mentioned doubling the recipe for a potluck at work. We had a potluck this past Thursday (02/17/11) and the theme was Mexican foods. My boss decided to make the potluck a contest and I made this and I WON!! =) Everyone thought it was delicious, especially with a little butter on top.

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