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A daring fusion of Baja and Cajun cuisine with fresh grilled shrimp, crispy slaw, and a spicy lime crema all ready in under 20 minutes!
This recipe was sponsored by Tony Chachere's. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
Truth. Tacos are my love language. I mean really, can one have a taco it not be a happy thing – no matter what the taco or filling is? But then when you have shrimp, it's like the perfect happy bite every single time.
Thing is, I have traveled the world, and Central America and the islands are some of my favorite places. Weather, people, all of it. And of course, the food. There's just a brightness and freshness to all of it – and you can't not have seafood!
This is not an authentic Mexican or Baja recipe – this is a quick, easy, and light recipe for when you want a ton of flavor and minimal prep time with the perfect cabbage crunch and hit of lime and cilantro!
Consider these tacos de camerones a Cajun spin on a Baja classic. With a spicy rub down from Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning, the shrimp are fired off on the grill and then nestled into warmed tortillas and topped with a tangy vinegar-based slaw before a spiced lime crema goes on top! And it's all ready in under 20 minutes! That is happiness in a bite. Ok, every bite.
And, I'm doing something good for myself, cuz, shrimp tacos are totally healthy, right? Well, like all things, moderation. I am not going to say slathering crema over every bite is a good idea, but this isn't a cheese-covered heavy protein. And given each one is only around 7 calories each (for a medium one), it's certainly a healthy meal by my dietary standards. Balance is everything and only you know what's best for you.
So, what do you need?
Start with fresh thawed shrimp, peeled (otherwise, get to work), Tony Chachere's original Creole Seasoning (unless you are feeling BOLD and then well, go for their BOLD seasoning… sorry for the bad word choice there), cabbage, jalapenos, and some other basic pantry staples like vinegar, onion lime, garlic.
Pro Tip: I am all for saving pennies, but cabbage is hard to justify if you don't have a few meals planned with it. Even on sale for $0.69, they are dense and it will add up. So, if this is a one time use for you, price out the convenient bags of pre-sliced slaw mix for less food waste.
Bout that crazy good shrimp taco sauce…
All you need is 4 ingredients for the Spicy Lime Crema – the perfect taco sauce! The crema used could be substituted for a sour cream mayo blend if you can't find it, but check your local markets cold Latin section first. I use crema all of the time as a smooth option for toppings and blends. And omg, drizzled over nachos its better (and less heavy feeling, than sour cream.
Filling, slaw, sauce – let's get to dinner!
How to Make Grilled Shrimp Tacos
Step one – and the most important – Make sure the grill is ready when you are – my first trick when seamlessly getting through any cook. Just like cooking with an oven, you have to let the grill heat up before you can cook on it. Also, make sure the grates are well cleaned and oiled. No need to sacrifice any to that nasty stick when the grates aren't well cleaned.
- Prep the slaw ahead and let it sit while you grill the shrimp and warm the tortillas. Whisk the crema up and be ready to go when the shrimp come off the grill. Dinner literally can be a 20-minute thing – unless you add like 3 minutes to shake up a killer margarita to pair with it.
- Season and skewer them for easy cooking.
- You can also cook these just tossing them on the grill, but with a skewer or even those wire grilling crates for seafood make flipping these babies easier. I absolutely LOVE the Tony Chachere's on these as a kicked up spice blend that I don't have to overthink. It's got the perfect amount of flavor and heat to really make these shrimp taste incredible.
- Remove the Shrimp from the Skewers and Enjoy!
Pro Tip: Peeled shrimp are quick to work with and make this meal a breeze, however, I do love grilling shrimp with the shells still on – I feel like it really locks in the juicy flavor. If you want to grill these with the shells on, rub them down with the Tony's beforehand, and then once they are grilled, sprinkle with a bit more while they are still hot after you have quickly peel them.
Yep, these are really the easiest Shrimp taco recipe with a devilish crunchy cabbage slaw and spicy sauce!
What goes with tacos?
Tacos, in my expert foodie opinion, stand alone on a platter. They are the be all end all of the meal but making sure the fixings that are paired with them harmonize is crucial homemade guacamole and salsa are a MUST to serve with spicy shrimp tacos. And to be honest, black beans and yellow rice are also perfect sides when you are looking to balance out the plate. Grilled pineapple and mango salsa are perfect additions as well for a burst of sweet fruit flavor. And for those who want to pull a little attention away from the taco, elotes are pretty magical to serve with grilled shrimp tacos too.
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Cajun Grilled Shrimp Tacos
This quick and easy grilled shrimp recipe is a fusion of Baja and Cajun flavors with a bold rub and fresh tangy slaw – all ready in under 20 minutes!Print Pin Rate
Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 1 lbs Shrimp, Large 31/35 thawed peeled and deveined
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 4 tbsp Tony's Seasoning
For the Tangy Vinegar Slaw
- 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tsp Pineapple Juice
- 1 cup Red Cabbage chopped
- 1 cup Cabbage chopped
- 2 cloves Garlic minced
- ¼ Onion sliced
- ½ Jalapenos minced
- 1 Granny Smith Apple sliced
For the Spicy Lime Crema:
- ½ cup Mexican Crema
- 1 tbsp Tony Chachere's
- 1 tsp Tequila
- 1 tsp Lime juice
- 1 tbsp fresh Cilantro finely minced
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Fresh Cilantro
- 1 Avocado
- Fresh Pico de gallo
Heat the Tortillas:
When the grill is warm and ready, wrap the tortillas in a double layer of foil and place over cooler side of the grill. Allow the tortillas to heat up, flipping the package once or twice to avoid burning the outer most tortilla.
Prep and Make the Tangy Vinegar Slaw:
In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar
In a large bowl toss the cabbage, julienned apple, sliced onion, and minced garlic with the vinegar to coat. Let sit, covered for 5 minutes and toss again to make sure the flavors are incorporated.
Prep and Make the Spicy Lime Crema:
In a small mixing bowl, whisk the crema, Tony Chachere's, tequila, lime juice, and cilantro together.
Grill the Shrimp:
Evenly divide the shrimp onto the skewers, brush with olive oil and season liberally with Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning.
Place on the grill and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, flipping once, until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through.
Remove from heat and carefully slide the shrimp off the skewers.
- Shrimp sizes can be tricky, ranging from small to colossal. I used large shrimp 31/35 for this recipe but medium would also work.
- Heating the tortillas in foil instead of directly on the grill keeps them from getting too dry and brittle. So that they are warm when serving, but still soft and pliable.
- You can substitute agave or honey for the pineapple juice if you don't have any on hand.
If you are serving littles, skip the tequila in the crema.
- Crema can be made and stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 2 days ahead.
- Slaw can be made up to a day ahead, but it loses crunch over time, so it's best within 24 hours.
- Pro Trick (or one all taco lovers already mastered): Double the tortilla layers because corn tortillas break – so this helps keep everything in perfect taco form!
Hey, I'm Kita, the Meat Maven, outdoor junkie, campfire connoisseur, adventure-seeking and world traveled recipe developer and photographer behind GirlCarnivore.com. My mission is to break down savory eats and inspire you to get a little grit under your nails while having fun with your food. READ MORE
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Title: Cajun Grilled Shrimp Tacos
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Published Date: 02/17/20
Camping Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos
1 hr 20 mins | Yield 10 | September 5, 2020 | Updated: September 5, 2020 by Kita
Camping Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos
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Whether you are prepping for a camping trip or just want to stock the freezer with an easy grab and go breakfast, these make-ahead breakfast burritos are individually wrapped favorites every time!
This post was sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I'm not sure if it's the mountain air or sleeping in a tent, but camping makes me hungry! Luckily, the whole crew can fuel up with my favorite make ahead breakfast burritos.
I love making these in big batches because they are perfect to freeze and pack for camping trips. Plus, they are huge. No one complains about being hungry til supper and for me, when camping, the fewer dishes the better.
Oh, and if you really want to stretch your dollar, you can use up leftovers as the meaty fillings! Pretty much my MO in all my camping recipes.
Tips for Making Burritos Ahead of Time
For quick success when making burritos it's important to cook and prep all of your fillings ahead of time. Once you start filling and rolling, you don't want to stop because you forgot an ingredient.
Have all the fillings prepped and a large clean work surface to lay out all of the burritos on and fill in one swoop, like an assembly line. Then you can wrap and store them, making quick work for this recipe and even easier reheating later.
How to keep them from getting soggy
When prepping the burritos for freezing there are a few handy tricks to avoiding anything from getting soft over time.
Cook and cool everything completely before filling. This prevents steam from the hot foods creating moisture that would otherwise get trapped in. Don't add salsas, or sauces, or pretty much anything that comes with a liquid or oil base. Because, over time, that will make things soggy. Don't use fruits or veggies that will soften and release liquid. Like avocados. They just get mushy. Or tomato slices…. you get where I am going with this. Wrap and store well. Any freezer burn, ice crystals, or thaw and freeze is never good when it comes to keeping a good texture in foods. Freezing homemade burritos
Once you have prepped these burritos, tightly wrap them in parchment paper and store them in a resealable bag, with as much air removed as possible.
You can freeze burritos for up to 3 months. But if I am going to keep them that long, I also wrap them in foil to prevent ice crystals forming on them (which is another tip to prevent soggy burritos).
How to cook burritos on the campfire
When you are ready to reheat the burritos at camp, make sure you have a low and even fire going. A blazing fire looks pretty but Smokey the bear doesn't think that's safe, and nor does it create an ideal cooking environment.
Remove them from the baggie and parchment paper. (If you are at home, reheating these in the microwave, parchment paper is no big thing, but at a campfire, it's not the best way to re-heat anything that you don't want to catch on fire).
Rewrap the burritos tightly in aluminum foil before tossing them over the coals. You can toss the burritos right onto the side of the embers, if you have built an offset fire, making sure to rotate them for even cooking. Or place them on a grilling grate above the fire.
Just have someone standing by to rotate them every so often so the heat is hitting all the spots evenly. No one likes that random cold bite of burrito. No one.
Pro tip: If you don't have frozen tots on hand, use up leftovers as the potato filling – like these cast iron fries that are amazing as burrito filling.
Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos
This make-ahead recipe has everything set to cook over the campfire with hearty potato and egg filled burritos that are going to fuel you through any hike and all day long.
Cuisine: American, Camping, Fusion
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
InstructionsCook the Crispy Tots:Preheat oven to 400 degrees or to what the directions on the packaged potatoes instruct.
Arrange the potato tots on a baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake until the potato tots are golden and crispy, shaking the tray gently, halfway through cooking time to rotate the tots.
When thoroughly crisped and golden on all sides, remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Scramble the Eggs:Whisk the eggs in a large bowl.
Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
Pour the eggs in and allow curds to form.
Gently, using a rubber spatula, fold in the eggs, a little at a time as they form.
When the eggs are just set, still showing a glean of moisture, remove them from the heat and season with salt and pepper as desired.
Spoon the eggs onto a plate to prevent them from overcooking in the heat of the skillet and allow them to cool completely.
Toast the Poblano Pepper:Using a flame from a gas range, or over a grill, toast the poblanos over high heat on all sides, rotating as each side begins to blacken and blister.
Place the peppers in foil and wrap.
Allow the peppers to sit for 5 minutes until cool.
By now, the skin will have softened and you can peel it off of the peppers, discarding it.
Chop the now peeled peppers, discarding the seeds, and set aside.
Cook the Sausage:Add 1 tsp of butter to In the now empty skillet, sautee the onion until soft, about 4 minutes.
Add the sausage and cook, breaking up into small pieces and browning thoroughly all over, about 15 minutes.
Add the chopped poblano peppers.
Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
Assemble the Burritos:On a large clean work surface, arrange all of the tortillas out.
Place 2 slices of cheese down the center of each.
Arrange 12 crispy potato tots in the in rows of 3 on the center over the cheese.
Top with equal portions of eggs, beans, sausage and veggie mix, and bacon.
Carefully fold the edges a burrito up, over the filling, before rolling. Use your thumbs to hold in the filling as you roll.
Place seam side down to keep from opening up while you complete rolling all the burritos.
Wrap Burritos for Freezing:Tightly wrap each burrito in parchment paper.
Then wrap each burrito in an additional layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Line them all up on a baking sheet and allow them to freeze for 1 hour before storing in a resealable bag for up to a month.
Date the bag with a permanent marker for later use.
Place in the freezer until ready to use.
Cook the Burritos:When ready to cook, preheat your grill or campfire for indirect heat. See note.
Place the burritos, in foil, directly on the coals on the cooler side of the campfire or on the cooler side of the grill.
Grill the burritos for about 30-35 minutes.
Rotate every 10 minutes, turning evenly on all sides to ensure even cooking until the burritos are warmed through and the cheese is melted.
NotesThis recipe works best if everything is cooked ahead of time and allowed to cool completely before assembling the burritos. This allows the liquids to evaporate or steam to cool, which would otherwise cause moisture to make the burritos soggy.
When cooking outside, the elements will be a factor for if the burritos need to heat longer before being enjoyed.
Indirect heat is when the fire is built to one side while the other side remains cooler. Do this by stacking the coals of a campfire to one side of the grill pit, or turning one burner to low or off on a gas grill.
Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Title: Camping Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos
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Published Date: 09/05/20
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Eight Delectable Side Dishes For Grilled Steak
When the pandemic-sponsored dust settles, I truly hope America’s archetypical steakhouses, those beloved palaces of gluttony, will be left standing. I would truly miss New York City’s clubby Delmonico’s, the oldest restaurant in the country. The Palm (multiple locations), with its cartoonish portraits (painted directly on the walls) of celebrities and politicians. The Cut in Los Angeles. Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse in Chicago, where the martinis are as memorable as the Prime Angus. And all the unassuming family-owned steakhouses in the Heartland with their signature steaks, salad bars, and chatty waitstaffs.
I wouldn’t just miss the steaks, always cooked to sanguine perfection. I’d miss the cocktails, the appetizers and side dishes, the rich desserts—professionally-rendered Manhattans (preferably with Luxardo cherries), deftly dressed Caesar or wedge salads, tiered towers of iced shellfish, loaded baked potatoes, decadent bowls of creamed spinach, sautéed mushrooms, New York-style cheesecake.
But, just as you can cook spectacular steaks on your grill—especially now since Prime meats are often available online—you can replicate some of steakhouses’ most popular accompaniments at home, too. Here are some of our nominees.
Smoky Manhattan: As our friend Dave Stolte says, “A properly made Manhattan is truly a thing of beauty, capturing balance, excitement, and depth in four quick sips while priming your appetite for the evening ahead.” (Dave is the author of the just-released Home Bar Basics. Find more of his inspired grilled and smoked cocktails here.
Smoke-Roasted Oysters and Clams: Bacon, butter, jalapenos, and white wine combine to seduce even people who don’t think they like oysters and clams. Alternatively, serve a grilled shrimp cocktail.
Grilled Caesar Salad: Steven claims a Caesar salad was one of the first recipes he ever learned to make, and his expertise shines through in this recipe, first published in BBQ USA. Romaine lettuce is exposed to live fire just long enough to give it a hauntingly good smoke flavor while leaving it raw and crisp. It’s been a favorite at Barbecue University for years.
Grilled Breadsticks: Serve with the Caesar Salad above, but be sure to make extra as these batons of grilled bread are sure to be a hit.
Anchovy Cream: In the spirit of American steakhouses, long known for their heavy handedness with cream and butter, comes this umami-rich flavor bomb. Drizzle it over your steak (Steven recommends dry-brined rib-eyes) for a truly transcendent experience. Think you don’t like anchovies? We beg you—just try this recipe.
Hasselback Potatoes: Steakhouse potatoes are often large enough to challenge the passing skills of Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes. Hasselbacks, named for the Swedish hotel and restaurant where they were invented, can be—if you want—smaller, but just as sexy. A series of parallel cuts are made through the side of the potato before smoke-roasting with butter and Parm. The outside of the potato is crusty while the inside is creamy. You’ll make these again and again.
Roasted Red Pepper Salad with Feta, Capers, and Pine Nuts: Even if you served a Caesar salad (see above) as one of the first courses in a steakhouse-style meal, this combination looks absolutely stunning on the plate. Especially if your garden, farmers’ market, or supermarket yields an array of colorful bell peppers. Steven first discovered it in Italy, where it’s called“Peperoni ai Ferri con Capperi e Pinoli.”
Smoked Cheesecake with Burnt Sugar Cream Sauce: This swoon-worthy dessert was the crown jewel in a sumptuous dinner we put together on the set of Project Smoke several years ago to celebrate Steven’s March birthday. Cheesecake is usually bake din a pan of simmering water, which cooks the filling while preventing it from cracking or curdling. In other words, low, slow, and moist. So naturally, we baked it in a smoker. The smoke gives the cheesecake an intriguing flavor—familiar, yet exotic.
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By: Molly Kay
Title: Eight Delectable Side Dishes For Grilled Steak
Sourced From: barbecuebible.com/2021/02/19/eight-dishes-grilled-steak/
Published Date: 02/19/21
BACON BUTTERMILK MEATLOAF | Recipe | BBQ Pit Boys
This Bacon Buttermilk Meatloaf is probably the best meatloaf you're ever going to taste, it’s packed with flavor and real easy to make as shown here by the BBQ Pit Boys
By: BBQ Pit Boys
Title: BACON BUTTERMILK MEATLOAF | Recipe | BBQ Pit Boys
Sourced From: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpHecqfEB_o
Published Date: 01/23/21
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