Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce

Tasty Tuesday – Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce

One of the first blogger meet and greets I attended was held at Chuy’s with a group of Charlotte area bloggers. We had the most fun tasting food and drinks, not to mention chatting and laughing all night.

FYI-This is a staged photo. We actually didn't spend the entire night looking at our phones :-) We had the most fun chatting and getting to know each other.

FYI-This is a staged photo. We didn’t actually spend the entire night looking at our phones 🙂 We had a great time chatting and getting to know each other.

The minute I read the description for the Baja Shrimp Tacos I knew I had to order them. “Baja Tacos – Freshly made flour tortillas with your choice of lightly battered and fried fish or shrimp, cilantro, red cabbage and Creamy Jalapeno sauce”. So simple, yet it appealed to me right away.

My mouth watered when the plate was delivered. They looked so yummy!

Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce

 

And they didn’t disappoint! The tacos were excellent. I wanted to go back for lunch the next day, and the day after that and the day after that! But that wasn’t an option. Chuy’s is easily 30-40 minutes away from my home, so no quick takeout for me! Finally, a few weeks later I was able to take my husband to Chuy’s for lunch and once again, the Baja Shrimp Tacos were just amazing. And once again, I was craving them the very next day… my stomach is growling right now as I type this!

I started playing around with some recipes trying to create a similar Baja Shrimp Taco at home and I think this is a good substitute when I am craving Chuy’s but can’t get out to enjoy it.

Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce

Serves 12     adjust servings

 

Ingredients

Fried Shrimp

  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 48 medium shrimp (1 1/2 to 2 pounds), shelled and deveined
  • 2 1/2 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste (I like a lot of pepper)
  • Optional: ground chipotle pepper, to taste

Shrimp Tacos

  • 12 flour tortillas, warmed
  • 4 pickled jalapenos, thinly sliced
  • 8 oz queso fresco or mild feta, crumbled
  • Small red cabbage, shredded
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Lime Sauce (make ahead, recipe below)
  • Lime wedges, for serving

Instructions

Prepare the fried shrimp:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat 2 1/2 inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with 1/2 cup of buttermilk.
  3. Put the panko, fresh ground & chipotle pepper in another bowl.
  4. Coat each shrimp with the panko mixture and fry in batches until golden, about 2 minutes per batch.
  5. Drain on paper towels. Do not overcook!

To assemble the tacos:

  1. Spoon some of the cabbage and lettuce into the center of each tortilla and top with 4 fried shrimp.
  2. Drizzle with the Jalapeno Cream Sauce and sprinkle with some of the pickled jalapenos and queso fresco.
  3. Serve with lime wedges.
  4. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 506kcal Calories from fat 298
% Daily Value
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 949mg 40%
Carbohydrate 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 17g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Lime Sauce

Serves 32     adjust servings

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups ranch dressing
  • 1/8 cup green chile, roasted, peeled and seeded (canned ok)
  • 3/4 tablespoon lime juice, fresh
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped [I only used 1/2 a tablespoon because I'm not a fan (Team
  • 1/2 Roma tomato, diced, seeded

Instructions

  1. Pulse all ingredients in a blender, until smooth.
  2. Chill and use as needed.
  3. Keeps in fridge for up to two weeks.

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Recipe Notes

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 48kcal Calories from fat 45
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 102mg 4%
Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 0g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

 

Comments 14

  1. Okay… I crave that creamy jalapeño sauce on a daily basis!! The shrimp taco’s are my favorite there too!.. Except lately, I’ve been doing a salad I made up on my own using the shrimp from the taco’s 😉

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