Saturday, June 1, 2013

Spicy Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Pico De Gallo

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My two ultimate favorite versions of Shrimp tacos have to be either Pelon's (Norfolk, VA) or Plaza Azteca (Hampton Roads, VA). You'd think this would be a dish that no one could royally screw up, but from experience, I can tell you people SURE have! I think with some fresh ingredients and passion for good tacos, you can create the perfect ensemble! Don't let the amount of ingredients deter you from making these. You can always incorporate store bought Pico De Gallo with these delicious spicy shrimp!

Pico De Gallo

1 small yellow onion

1 jalapeno pepper, quartered and seeded

2 garlic cloves, peeled (or garlic salt)

1 tomato, seeded and chopped

1 avocado, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped (the more the merrier)



1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

A pinch of cayenne pepper

1-1/2 pounds large or extra large shrimp, peeled and de-veined

*I recommend making them as spicy as you like, these are not strict measurements


For Assembling

8 - 10 six-inch corn or flour tortillas

Approximately 2 cups chopped red cabbage, for garnish (I buy it pre-chopped in a bag)

2 limes, cut into wedges, for garnish

Approximately 1 cup sour cream, for garnish

To make the pico de gallo, dice all of the veggies finely. Add all of the ingredients into a medium sized bowl and stir lightly (not too rough because you want the avocado to be in tact). If you’re not going to use the mixture right away, place a piece of saran wrap inside the bowl and directly over salsa to prevent discoloration and refrigerate.

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Now it is time for the shrimp. Heat the grill to medium. Meanwhile, mix the olive oil, chili powder, salt, cayenne pepper and shrimp in a large bowl. Stir until shrimp are evenly coated with seasoning. Add the shrimp to skewers and place them on the grill. Cooking the shrimp only takes about 1-1/2 - 2 minutes per side until they are just opaque. Cover to keep shrimp warm.

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Spoon avocado salsa generously over tortillas (heated if you want), then top with 3 (or 10) shrimp, red cabbage and dollops of sour cream. Serve tacos with lime wedges on the side or more importantly, drizzle some Sriracha Hot Sauce on them for some extra heat :)

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Tip: Adding fajita or taco seasoning to the sour cream turns a simple ingredient into a zesty condiment. Take my word for it, it is deeeeeeeelicious!

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