Green Chile and Cheese Tamales


Savor the authentic taste of Mexico with our Verde Delight: Green Chile and Cheese Tamales. These tamales combine the mild heat of green chiles with the creamy goodness of cheese, wrapped in a soft, steamed corn masa dough. They are a perfect blend of flavors and textures, ideal for anyone who loves traditional Mexican cuisine with a vegetarian twist.

Green Chile and Cheese Tamales

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep time: 1 hour (plus time for soaking the corn husks)
  • Cook time: 1 hour
  • Total time: 2 hours

Servings and Serving Size

  • Serves: 6-8
  • Serving size: 2 tamales per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 250 kcal
  • Protein: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Fiber: 4g


  • Corn husks: 16-20
  • Masa harina (corn flour): 500g (1.1 lbs or 17.6 oz)
  • Baking powder: 10g (0.35 oz)
  • Salt: 5g (0.18 oz)
  • Vegetable shortening or lard: 250g (8.8 oz)
  • Vegetable broth: 480ml (16 fl oz)
  • Green chiles, roasted, peeled, and chopped: 200g (7 oz)
  • Monterey Jack or mozzarella cheese, grated: 300g (10.6 oz)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Corn Husks: Soak corn husks in warm water for at least an hour until pliable.
  2. Make Masa Dough: Mix masa harina, baking powder, and salt. Beat vegetable shortening until fluffy, then gradually mix in the masa mixture and vegetable broth to form a soft dough.
  3. Assemble Tamales: Spread about 2 tablespoons of masa dough on a corn husk. Place a spoonful of green chiles and a sprinkle of cheese in the center. Fold the sides of the husk over the filling, then fold the bottom up.
  4. Steam Tamales: Stand the tamales upright in a steamer. Steam for about 1 hour or until the masa separates easily from the husks.
  5. Serve: Let cool for a few minutes, then serve warm.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Ensure the masa dough is moist and spreadable.
  • Don’t overfill the tamales to prevent them from bursting during steaming.
  • Steam in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding the steamer.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use canned green chiles?

Yes, canned chiles are a convenient alternative.

How do I store leftover tamales?

Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for longer storage.

Can I make these tamales vegan?

Yes, use vegan cheese and vegetable shortening.

How do I reheat tamales?

Steam them again or microwave wrapped in a damp paper towel.