Thursday, November 5, 2009

Shrimp Tacos

A couple weeks ago I tried Rubios Grilled Shrimp tacos and loved them! I decided I would attempt to recreate them at home. I don't know how close they were to Rubios, but they were pretty delicious.

Grilled Garlic and Herb Shrimp
4 servings


  • 2 teaspoons ground paprika
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined


  1. Whisk the paprika, garlic, Italian seasoning, lemon juice, olive oil, pepper, basil, and brown sugar together in a bowl until thoroughly blended. Stir in the shrimp, and toss to evenly coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, turning once.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat. Lightly oil grill grate, and place about 4 inches from heat source.
  3. Remove shrimp from marinade, drain excess, and discard marinade.
  4. Place shrimp on preheated grill and cook, turning once, until opaque in the center, 5 to 6 minutes. Serve immediately.

Creamy Chipotle Chile Sauce


  • 1/4 Cup Mayonaise
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 2 teaspoons canned chipotle chiles in adobe
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate.

Citrus Habanero Salsa


  • 1/2 habanero chile (more/less depending on tolerance)
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 2-3 mini sweet peppers
  • 1 1/2 Cup grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 can mandarin oranges, drained
  • handful of cilantro
  • juice of 1 lime
  • salt to taste


  • Pulse chili, onion, and sweet peppers a few times in food processor.
  • Add tomatoes. Pulse 1-2 times.
  • Add cilantro and oranges. Pulse until salsa reaches desired consistency.
  • Transfer to serving bowl and stir in the juice of one lime. Salt to taste.
  • Refrigerate in non-reactive airtight container for up to three days.

  • Other ingredients for assembly

    Cook bacon and crumble. Combine cooked shrimp and bacon. To assemble tacos, melt cheese on tortilla, spread creamy chipotle chile sauce on tortilla, fill with shrimp/bacon, add salsa and quacamole, eat! Yum!

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