January 11, 2013

Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Black Bean Pico de Gallo

I've been in quite the Mexican food mood recently.  After making that delicious Black bean Pico de Gallo, I decided to use it as a topping with some chipotle shrimp tacos for dinner one night.  These are definitely a contender for my favorite taco!  The tangy Pico de Gallo is a perfect complement to the smoky and slightly spicy shrimp.  I served this with a side of Mexican rice (recipe to come).  

Serves 4 to 6


  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined 
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp adobo sauce
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste 
  • Black Bean Pico de Gallo
  • Multigrain tortillas (or crunchy taco shells)

Optional Taco Toppings:

  • Lettuce 
  • Cilantro
  • Red pepper, thinly sliced 
  • Cooked corn
  • Cooked rice
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado
  • Any of your other favorite toppings 


Have all of your preferred taco toppings set out before you begin to cook the shrimp for easy and quick assembly.  Stack your tortillas between two damp paper towels and place on a microwave-safe plate.  Microwave on high for 45 seconds. Keep warm.

In a large bowl, combine the shrimp, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, garlic and lemon juice and stir well to combine.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the shrimp mixture to the hot skillet and cook until the shrimp are pink, about 2 to 3 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.  

Arrange your tacos.  Place a generous amount of shrimp on your tortilla and spoon some of the Pico de Gallo on top.  Top with your favorite toppings.  


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