Copycat Chi-Chi's - El Toritos Sweet Corn Cakes

Copycat Chi-Chi’s - El Toritos Sweet Corn Cakes

Microwave Mexican Restaurant Sweet Corn Cake

Makes 6 cups, 12 servings - On table in 15-minutes

Copy Cat Recipe. I wanted a quick recipe to copy the sweet corn cakes that
are served at Mexican restaurants like El Torito and Chi Chi’s. This is ready to
eat in about 15 minutes. For a less sweet dish, reduce granulated sugar to 1/3 cup.
For a firmer sweet corn cake, microwave an addition al 3-minutes.

If you’ve never had these at a Mexican restaurant, they are similar to a firm, sweet, grits or polenta, with a corn tortilla flavor.
The corn tortilla flavor comes from the masa harina flour.


1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup masa harina (Tamales) flour (or 3 corn tortillas, uncooked, - process in food processor to fine bits, use in place of masa harina)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
1 cup water
1 (15 ounce) can creamed corn
1 egg, beaten
4 tablespoons butter, melted


Stir all dry ingredients together in mixing bowl, mix well and set aside until needed.

Mix all wet ingredients together in another bowl. Stir until well mixed.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir out any dry lumps in batter.

Pour into a 3-quart covered, microwaveable casserole dish.

Cover and microwave on high for 6-minutes.
Stir well. Stir bottom and sides of dish well to remove any dry lumps.
Cover and microwave on high for another 6-minutes.

Stir a few times and serve warm using an ice cream scoop or disher.
This gets thicker as it cools and reaches room temperature. If you want a more
gritty sweet corn cake, use polenta corn meal instead of regular corn meal.

At El Torito, this recipe is widely used as a garnish for various dishes, but you’ll soon discover that it’s more than just a garnish with its decadent and dense texture and rich flavor. To make this recipe, you’ll need masa harina, a traditional flour used in many Mexican dishes such as tortillas and tamales.

El Torito Sweet Corn Cake - Copycat Recipe



  • 1/4 cup Butter, unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons Shortening
  • 1/2 cup Masa harina
  • 3 tablespoons Cold water
  • 1 (10-ounce) Pkg frozen corn kernels
  • 3 tablespoons Cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  1. Whip butter and shortening in mixing bowl until fluffy and creamy. Add masa harina gradually and mix thoroughly. Add water gradually, mixing thoroughly.

  2. Blend corn kernels until coarsley chopped. Stir into masa mixture.

  3. Mix cornmeal, sugar, whipping cream, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Add butter-masa mixture; mix until blended.

  4. Pour masa mixture into 8″ greased baking pan. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees until corn cake is firm, 40 to 50 minutes. Allow to stand at room temperature 15 minutes before cutting into squares.


Until Next Time… Be Well!