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. It is the perfect accompaniment to your favorite Mexican meal.

Sweet Corn Tomalito in a dish
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.  

Sweet Corn Tomalito on a spoon

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!  

Sweet Corn Tomalito in a dish

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

Recipe Details

Sweet Corn Tomalito ingredients

This recipe uses masa harina, a Mexican corn flour. This should be naturally gluten free, but please check your packaging to make sure if you must avoid gluten.

package of masa harina

First, the butter is beaten until creamy, and then the water and masa harina are added. Next, the cream style corn is added to a food processor to break up the big chunks of corn. This step is optional. The corn is added to the butter mixture.

mixture in a bowl

In a separate bowl, the corn meal, sugar, milk, salt and baking powder are combined.

second addition

The corn meal mixture is then added to the corn mixture and mixed until combined.

final mixture

The batter is poured into an 8-inch square baking dish and smoothed.

batter in a square glass dish

The dish is covered with aluminum foil. It will be baked in a water bath similar to the method used to make Easy Homemade Dulce de Leche.

casserole dish covered in aluminum foil

The covered square dish is placed into a 9×13-inch pan filled 1/3 of the way with water, then placed into the oven. Once baked, the foil is removed to reveal a spoon-able corn cake.

baked Sweet Corn Tomalito
Sweet Corn Tomalito baked and ready to scoop

To serve, you can use an ice cream scoop to remove the cake from the pan. I like to use a small or medium dough scoop to serve the corn cake in small serving dishes.

scoop of Chevy's sweet corn tomalito
Sweet Corn Tomalito scooped from casserole dish to serving dish

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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Looking for More Mexican Recipes?

My favorite Mexican style desserts:
Tres Leches Coconut Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Buttercream
Easy Homemade Dulce de Leche used to make Easy Dulce de Leche Buttercream
Mexican Chocolate Black Bottom Cupcakes
Cinnamon Ice Cream

My favorite Mexican style or Tex/Mex recipes:
Costco Copycat Chicken Street Tacos
Costco Copycat Cilantro Lime Crema
Chicken Enchiladas with Red Chili Sauce
Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Turkey Tacos
Jalapeno Popper Dip
Mexican Rice
Skillet Chicken Fajitas
Grilled Chicken Fajitas
Chicken Mexican Pizzas
Pico de Gallo Chicken Quesadillas
Chicken and Spinach Quesadillas
Layered Taco Dip

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 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cool Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
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 corn meal
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 350°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 (this step is optional).
  • Stir processed corn into the butter mixture and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix corn meal, 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 or dough 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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