The Greatest Shrimp Tacos of All Time

These really are the greatest shrimp tacos of all time! Undisputed. Undefeated. Unrivaled. 

(Developed over 3 years by Jon Snell, Grandy Streets, & Alex Early)

HOLY GUACAMOLE

Ingredients

2 avocados, chopped

1 lime, juiced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 tsp minced cilantro

4 tsp minced red onion

4 tsp olive oil

 

 

Mix it all together…  It is a good idea to make this component last for two reasons.  #1, you don’t want the avocado turning brown while you are cooking the other stuff, so plan to prep everything and wait until the last minute to cut open the avocados and mix them in.  #2, if you make it ahead of time you will eat all on chips, tortillas, or off your fingers before the rest of the stuff is ready, and you DO NOT want to miss having this in the shrimp tacos!

 

 

 

SCREAMIN' SOUR CREAM

Ingredients

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tsp hot sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

You can make this FIRST and throw into the fridge so the flavors can meld.

 

SANCTIFIED SLAW

2 cups – thin sliced red cabbage

1/2 cup – carrots julienned/grated

1/2 cup – thin sliced red onion

4 tbsp – chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup – rice wine vinegar

1/8 cup – canola oil

Honey to taste

Celery seed to taste

Salt & Pepper to taste

1 lb shrimp

 

 

Marinade for the Shrimp

Ingredients

1/2 cup – soy sauce 

1/2 cup – cooking sherry

4 tbsp – honey

2 tbsp – sesame oil

4 cloves – minced garlic

2 tbsp – minced ginger

Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes

Shell & de-vein shrimp, salt and pepper

 

Preheat a skillet on medium heat, quickly sauté shrimp & garlic in olive oil 3-5 minutes until pink and opaque.  They say a perfectly cooked shrimp is a “C” shape not an “O”.

I know vinegar to oil ratio generally is the other way around, but trust me 2 vinegar to 1 oil is the way to go in this case.  For the honey we do a good spiral drizzle over the top.  For the celery seed, a good sprinkling over the top (it’s easy to put too much celery seed, but DO NOT go without).  We like a lot of S&P but remember you can always add more, but you can’t take away.  You also want to make this early in the process so the flavors can marinate some, but again not so far ahead that things get wilty…

6” Flour Tortillas

Amazing – heat about ½” of canola oil in a skillet on medium high, toss in one tortilla at a time until they start to blow up a bit, not long maybe 15-30 seconds, so they are still pliable, but the light frying opens up the flavor a shocking amount. Salt the hot tortillas ever so slightly…

 

 

 

 

 

Red Pepper Jelly**

 

This is the MOST important ingredient.  Your heart will sing songs to heaven…

 

Pepper Jack Cheese/ 4 cheese Mex

 

Assembly

 

Take one fried tortilla

 

Spread a thin layer of red pepper jelly on one side

 

Spread a dollop of Screamin’ Sour Cream on top of that

 

Sprinkle cheese

 

Add 3-5 shrimp (I will sometimes cut these in half depending on the size)

 

Sprinkle more cheese

 

Sprinkle smashed lime tortilla chips

 

Add a dollop of Holy Guacamole

 

Finish with a good spoonful of Sanctified Slaw

 

Go ahead and make 2-3 per plate

 

Pair with IPA

 

Alternate - Try on hard shell tostados instead of soft shell flour