Sunday, May 13, 2012

Shrimp Taquitos

A very happy Mother's Day to everyone!  My Mom and I have a slight obsession with shrimp, therefore we really look forward to trying out new shrimp recipes.  Most of the time we enjoy our shrimp with a garlic butter sauce, or a spicy sauce, or just plain straight up.  This recipe for shrimp taquitos is actually the first time I've ever stuffed shrimp into something, but I have to tell you....I'm all for it!  We loved these shrimp taquitos, but then again...I knew we would! 

These taquitos are a little different from the typical chicken or beef taquito in that they are filled with a flavorful and fresh tomato sauce and little chunks of shrimp.  I was especially fond of the little pieces of shrimp that fell out of the taquito when frying, becoming rather golden and crispy in the hot oil.  The recipe below includes an option for a tomato broth, which can be served over the taquitos, but I decided to forego it and instead topped my taquitos with the remaining tomato sauce from the filling.  Either way, you can't go wrong with these, especially if shrimp is your thing! 

Shrimp Taquitos
Adapted from Fiesta at Rick's
by Rick Bayless
Makes about 15 

For the Filling:
1 T (15ml) Olive Oil 

1/2 medium onion,cut into 1/4" dice 

2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped 

2 jalapenos, finely diced

1 teaspoon ground Cumin 

3/4 lb Tomatoes (2 medium sized tomatoes), diced into 1/4" or ran through food processor's coarse grating disc 

1 lb shrimp, peeled, de-veined, and cut into 1/2" pieces 

3 to 4 tablespoons chopped fresh Cilantro 

salt, to taste 

12 thin corn tortillas
Oil for frying (enough to have a depth of 2" in your pan), preferably Grape Seed Oil or Peanut Oil

Tomato Broth Recipe Ingredients 

3/4 lb (340 g) ripe Tomatoes, roughly chopped 

1/2 med.  Sweet Onion, roughly chopped 

2 cloves Garlic, peeled and roughly chopped 

1 T Olive Oil 

2 c Chicken or Shrimp broth 


 Make the filling

1. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, @ 3-4 minutes, then add garlic, chilies, and cumin and cook for another minute.

2. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until it reduces to a thick sauce, about ketchup consistency. Add the shrimp and cook for one minute.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.  Stir in cilantro and season with sea salt to taste.

If serving with Tomato Broth, make now.  *recipe follows

Roll and  Fry Tacos
1. Heat the oil to  about 350-375º, or until hot enough a drop of water reacts quickly when flicked in oil. Grab two tortillas at a time with a pair of tongs, and dip them for few seconds in the oil to soften then.  Pat dry with paper towels and pile them into a single stack.
2. Spoon 3 T of filling in a line across the bottom of the tortillas. Tightly roll them up the tacos, then skewer with toothpicks to keep them closed.
3. Fry the tacos in the hot oil for about 1.5 minutes, then turn over and finish frying until golden. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately with tomato broth poured over.

Tomato Broth Directions

1. Combine tomatoes, onion, and garlic in a blender. Puree until smooth.
2. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan. When hot enough to sizzle a drop of the puree, add all of the puree, cook and stir until noticeably thicker and darker, @ five minutes. Add the broth, bring to a boil and simmer on medium-low for 30 minutes. It should have a "soupy" consistency. Add a little water if necessary. Season with sea salt to taste.

Theme: For Mom!


  1. These look wonderful--I've never had a shrimp taquito before but I love the idea of it. Hope you had a great Mother's Day. ;-)

  2. That's it. Second time seeing these in short succession...they're on my short list! They do sound awesome and I love the little strays, too...I can tell!

  3. Gosh, those look good! I love Rick's recipes. Your photos are a delight!

  4. Made these with chicken recently. Seeing yours have convinced me they would be over the top with shrimp!!

  5. I'm so glad you and your mom got to cater to your shrimp cravings on Mother's day! Those little bits of fried shrimp you mention sound amazing. Hope you had a fabulous Mother's day, love!

  6. Yummy! I have never had a taquito - they look delicious! All crunchy and corny and shrimpy..... mmmmmmm.

  7. I have had all kinds of taquitos, but never shrimp taquitos! I definitely want to try this one!

  8. I can't eat spicy foods but these sure look good. You guys are having fun with Rick Bayless I can tell. Great photos as always and belated happy mother's day to you, Kim

  9. I have been craving taquitos something fierce! Love these shrimp ones! And those little bits ARE the best. Hope you had a great Mother's Day!

  10. fun recipe and love that you both like cooking and trying new recipes with my mum was more into food ;-)

  11. Those look so tasty. Sounds like you had a great Mother's Day.

  12. I'm a shrimp lover too Kim. These are adorable and I'm sure they could quickly become one of my favorites. Hope you and your mom had a wonderful Mother's day. Well, you served shrimp, so of course you did (smile).

  13. Oh, these look so crispy and delicious. I've never made taquitos and I'm going to have to remedy that. The sauce looks yummy!

  14. I can see why these would be a hit- a nice twist on traditional taquitos.

    Happy belated Mother's Day to you! I hope you enjoyed your day.


  15. Delicious and inspirational, Kim. Quite summer like too, I could see eating these beach side at a little Mexican joint.

  16. You always cook up such lovely shrimp recipe, and everytime i see them i tell my self to cook more with shrimp. Hope you had a wonderful mothersday!

  17. Looking at your pictures, I can see why you liked the little pieces that escaped. I wouldn't be able to stop myself from eating those little bits. I'm adding Shrimp taquitos to my "must try" list.

  18. This is wonderful - IO must check out Rick Bayless's cookbooks! Loving the recipes.


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