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A green tamal placed on a corn husk.

Tamales Verdes with Green Chile, Corn & Cheese

These Tamales Verdes are made with hatch roasted chiles, fresh corn kernels and shredded melting cheese. Make them with masa harina or fresh masa from the store. Either way, they’re easy to make and delicious!  
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Servings 12 tamales
Calories 173kcal
Author Ana Frias


  • Large steamer pot


  • lbs prepared masa
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels (3 whole corns) okay to use frozen corn
  • 2 cups oaxaca or jack cheese (or any other melting cheese) shredded
  • 2 cups roasted, diced poblano or anaheim peppers see note
  • 1 ½ tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • dried husks


Prepare ingredients

  • Soak the husks in a large container covered in boiling water for 20 or more minutes.
  • Prepare the masa, Roast the peppers and chop, shred the cheese and cut the corn kernels.


  • Place the prepared masa in a large bowl and add the chopped peppers, shredded cheese, corn kernels and 1½ tablespoons sugar.
  • Mix with your hands to integrate all ingredients.
  • Add the ½ cup milk gradually if mixture is to dense to spread easily. Mix again.

Assemble Tamales

  • Divide dough evenly, spreading onto 12 large corn husks or 24 small ones.
  • Spread about ¼ cup masa mixture onto the the corn husk, filling it up to 2 inches from the bottom and 1/4 inch from the top.
  • Fold sides of husk together, 1 over the other. Fold the bottom of the husk over the seam of the 2 folded sides. Repeat with remaining husks.
  • Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add tamales with the open side up.
  • Steam for one and a half hour on medium heat.
  • When tamales are ready, they should still be very moist but pull away from the corn husk easily and hold together.
  • Let tamales rest for 15 minutes before serving.


  • For the roasted chiles, it's okay to substitute with canned roasted green chile. 


Serving: 1Tamal | Sodium: 160mg | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 77mg | Cholesterol: 33mg | Calories: 173kcal | Saturated Fat: 5g | Fat: 19g | Protein: 9g | Carbohydrates: 11g