Monday, December 15, 2014

BRAZEN BITES - Shrimp Tacos with Mango Guacamole

shrimp tacos

This is a favorite recipe of mine and super easy to make.  I love to make Mexican food for a party because it's easy to tailor to everyones tastes and these shrimp tacos with mango guacamole are always a crowd pleaser.  This guacamole is the bomb and I have yet to meet anyone who hasn't loved it.  And the Omega 3's from those avocados are only adding to your glowing complexion...  This is a great meal to make if you're inviting some girlfriends over for dinner and it's great paired with beans and rice and a couple of coronas or margaritas.  Let the fiesta begin!

Ingredients:

Guacamole:
- 2 ripe avocados (you want them to be soft, but not mushy)
- Small jalapeno pepper (sliced in half and de-seeded)
- A ripe tomato chopped (seeds and juices removed)
- 1/2 red onion diced
- 2-3 tbsp. fresh cilantro chopped
- Juice of 1 lime (quick tip: microwave citrus fruit for 10 seconds before juicing to extract the most liquid)
- 1 tsp. cumin
- Salt & pepper to taste (I generally add about 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper)
- One mango peeled and diced (Same as the avocado you will know when the mango is ripe when it's soft, but firm)
- 1 clove garlic minced

Shrimp Tacos:
- Raw peeled & deveined shrimp (about 4 or 5 pieces per serving)
- Your preference of hard or soft shell tortillas
- Taco seasoning mix    
- Toppings (I love salsa, tofutti sour cream, guacamole, lettuce & tomato)

mango guacamole

First, you want to make your guacamole and put it aside to give the flavors a chance to marinate. 
1. Cut both avocados in half with a large chef knife, and spoon out the green flesh plopping in a large bowl.  (A tip for de-pitting an avocado is to lightly cut into the pit wiggling your knife back and forth and doing this should cause the pit to pop right out.)
2. Add seasonings (salt, pepper, cumin) and lime juice and take a fork to mash the avocados creating a chunky paste. 
3. Chop up all other ingredients and add to avocado mixture.  Putting in your tomato, jalapeno pepper, minced garlic, mango, cilantro and red onion.
4. Mix all ingredients together and give it a taste.  Tailor salt & pepper to your preference and if you want it a bit spicier you can add in some red pepper flakes and/or hot sauce.
5. Set aside to give flavors a chance to combine while you work on your shrimp tacos.


Shrimp Tacos:
1. I recommend buying fresh raw shrimp for this recipe that is already peeled & de-veined.  (Trust me it is worth the extra money instead of trying to de-vein and peel them yourself.)  Also, try to buy the fish the day before or day of preparation because the fresh shrimp will only keep a couple days in the fridge and the fresher the better!  You want to rinse and towel dry the shrimp with a paper towel.  Add them to a bowl (prepare as many servings as you need I recommend 4 or 5 shrimp per taco) and sprinkle with taco seasoning mixture.  Mix to combine and set aside.
2. Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil in a frying pan.  Once you begin to hear it sizzle add your shrimp.  The shrimp will only need a couple minutes per side.  These suckers cook fast! You will know they are done when they are fully pink on both sides.
3. Once the shrimp are done cooking take the pan off the heat and begin assembling your tacos.  Using soft or hard shell tortillas add 4-5 shrimp for each taco and add your toppings.  The great thing about tacos is you can put whatever you want on them.  Some other toppings that would pair great with this dish are: chopped red cabbage, corn, black or refried beans, green chiles, some chopped green onions, or whatever else your heart desires!

Serve shrimp tacos hot and the guacamole with tortilla chips.  And if you’re having a party a great idea is to set up a toppings bar so everyone can make their own!  I hope everyone enjoyed this recipe and I couldn't wait to share it with you all.  It's easy, quick and simple to make substitutions to cater to people's tastes and dietary restrictions.  What is your favorite party food?  Let me know in the comments below!  xoxo Nicole

4 comments:

  1. These look delicious! ;)

    xo Caroline
    http://www.ladylikelace.com/

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  2. You still have the best guac recipe of anyone!

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    1. Thank you Miss Brown, you know I will make it for you anytime when I'm in Syracuse!

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