Torticas de Chocolo (Corn-Scallion Cakes)

by Erica Dinho on October 2, 2010

Torticas de Chocolo

This recipe is the result of my trying to make a Colombian snack. I tried to make Fried Colombian Corn Fritters or Torticas de Chocolo Fritas at least 5 times, but they didn’t work! These Fried Corn Fritters are a popular Colombian street food and they are fantastic. If one of my Colombian readers has a good recipe for these fritters and wants to share it with us, I would appreciate it.

So, I decided to make my own baked version with the batter I had left over and they came out absolutely delicious. I used the same ingredients from the Fried Corn Fritters recipe that my friend gave me, but to bake them, I added corn meal to the batter.

Buen provecho!



  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup queso fresco or white cheese
  • 1/2 scallion, minced
  • 3 tablespoons corn meal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Place the corn, eggs, and scallion in a blender and blend until a thick batter is just formed.
  2. Place in a bowl and add the queso fresco, corn meal, sugar and salt. Mix well using a fork.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°. 
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake or muffins tray, filling them about 2/3-3/4 full.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 15 to 20 minutes.
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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rebecca subbiah October 2, 2010 at 5:01 PM

they look great and yours is a healthier version so no worries


2 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best October 2, 2010 at 5:34 PM

This looks delicious. I bet your house smelled so good when you were baking these cakes.


3 Belinda @zomppa October 2, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Delicious! Can you see frozen corn kernels?


4 Erica October 2, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Belinda- Yes!


5 Atreyee October 2, 2010 at 9:09 PM

nice tasty little snacks :) Columbian food is so similar to Indian food!


6 Oysterculture October 2, 2010 at 9:45 PM

What a yummy treat I love anything corn and these just sound so tasty as a snack.


7 gloria October 2, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Erica This look really yummy and nice, love this type of recipes, xx gloria


8 peanutts October 2, 2010 at 10:54 PM

It doesnt matter how its made , as long as they taste great :) ,


9 Jeannie October 3, 2010 at 2:43 AM

Looks delicious! Love the bright color:D


10 Angie's Recipes October 3, 2010 at 7:40 AM

Eric, these scallion corn cakes look fantastic! Love its natural rustic colour.


11 Barbara October 3, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Your version looks pretty darn good to me, Erica! Smart of you to re-invent the recipe. That’s a sure sign of a talented cook!


12 Anonymous October 3, 2010 at 10:44 AM

delicious!! looks great and healthy. I didn’t know you like cooking and baking colombian specialties. Great job. Looks to me that envueltos de maiz are the same as cuban tamales, they a so goodddddddddddddddd. Congratulations!!!


13 Chris October 3, 2010 at 12:25 PM

These look good but what was happening with the fried attempts? Was it just a texture issue?


14 Isabel October 3, 2010 at 12:50 PM

is it 1/2 cup of scallions?


15 Erica October 3, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Isabel- 1/2 or 1 scallion.


16 Rachana October 3, 2010 at 1:24 PM

These scallion cake looks so lovely.


17 norma October 3, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I like torticas de maiz….I make them to look like little pancakes. Your version is very pretty and i can just taste them hot with lots of butter on them. Call me Julia Childs…..


18 Kim October 3, 2010 at 5:32 PM

I love the shape of these with the crinkled edges, very pretty Erica!


19 5 Star Foodie October 4, 2010 at 9:46 AM

These are beautiful and delicious little cakes!


20 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen October 4, 2010 at 3:02 PM

They look delicious – what a perfect snack!


21 Ivy October 5, 2010 at 1:19 PM

These sound wonderful. I regret not buying fresh corn at the farmers’ market today.


22 Soma October 14, 2010 at 6:41 PM

When i was in the mexican restaurant we were served the corn bread in little mould. You have some! they are so cute. It is time now I make my own cute corn bread at home.


23 tasteofbeirut November 13, 2010 at 11:28 AM

I love the shape of these little corn cakes! Delicious too I can tell!


24 Vivian January 31, 2011 at 1:11 AM

How funny! I tried to make the masitas too and also ended up having to add corn muffin mix because i didn’t want to waste the batter. i baked it and just had cornbread. I came to your site looking for a corn fritters recipe that I’m really craving. Will have to keep looking!


25 Laura April 26, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Tengo la receta:
Maiz en grano congelado y lo licuo con un huevo, azucar. Cuando está la mezcla la vierto en un recipiente y le voy agregando harina de trigo hasta que la mezcla espese un poquito, luego con una cuchara pongo masa en aceite caliente (en un sarten) y ya estan :) Muy fácil.


26 Diana Lopez May 31, 2011 at 5:49 PM

These were a-ma-zing! I didn’t add the scallions because I’m not a big fan of the onion family but did everything else as directed. The queso fresco made these so moist that every bite was just out of this world. At the beginning I was afraid of making these based on the nightmarish experience we had while trying to make the arepas de choclo last year. But these were easy and simple to make. =D


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