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Tamales de Queso
y Chile Verde

Prep Time: 
40 Mins
Cook Time: 
45 Mins
4 Servings


  • 1 1/2 cup of finely ground Santitas Cilantro Lime Tortilla Chips
  • 1 1/2 cup yellow masa corn flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 3/4 cup boiling hot chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup onions, diced
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 can (4oz.) green chiles
  • 1/2 cup Tostitos Salsa Verde
  • 10 large dried corn husks for tamales, soaked in water for one hour
  • 1 lb. pepper jack cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Tostitos Salsa con Queso


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the ground Santitas®, masa, salt and baking powder and mix until well combined.
  2. In a sauce pot, combine the stock butter, onion, peppers, chiles, and salsa verde and bring to a boil.
  3. On medium speed add the butter/stock/chile mixture, increase the speed until it forms a dough and then turn speed up to high for about 2 minutes until the masa is light and fluffy.
  4. Lay out 8 corn husks and divide the masa between them.
  5. Spread the masa out into a 5 inch square stretching from the broad edge of the corn husk 3/4 way to the top and centered from side to side. Make sure the thickness is even.
  6. Place about 1/4 cup of grated cheese in your hand and squeeze it into a 4 inch long log. And place in the center, then roll one edge over the top, gently pull the corn husk away and roll the other side over so that they overlap masa on masa. Rol the corn husk up and then using a thin strip of corn husk tie the top of the tamale off about 2 inches from the top. Repeat until all tamales are formed.
  7. Gently steam the tamales for 15 minutes, turn the heat off and let rest for 10 more minutes before serving, garnished with avocado, lime pickled onions and a little grated Cotija cheese if desired.