Friday, March 5, 2010

Camarones a la Mexicana

When it comes to traditional Mexican shrimp dishes it's hard to choose just one as my all-time favorite. There are so many to choose from, like Camarones a la MexicanaCamarones al Mojo de Ajo (garlic shrimp), Camarones a la Diabla (deviled shrimp), Cóctel de Camarón (shrimp cocktail), and Caldo de Camarón (shrimp soup). They're all incredibly flavorful, and each dish is so unique.

Camarones a la Mexicana is a bright and colorful dish that gets it's name "a la Mexicana" because the shrimp are sauteed with green chiles, onion, and tomato, which happen to be the colors of the Mexican flag. Camarones a la Mexicana is a great dish to serve for a Mexican themed dinner or fiesta, but it's also a very popular dish served during Cuaresma (Lent).

Camarones a la Mexicana - lacocinadeleslie.com

Camarones a la Mexicana




Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 serrano chiles, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can El Pato Mexican tomato salsa (or any brand of tomato salsa) 
  • Fresh cilantro


Directions:
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and serrano chiles; saute for 3 to 5 minutes until slightly tender. Add the garlic and shrimp and let cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp turn pink. Stir in the tomatoes, the can of tomato salsa, and a couple sprigs of fresh cilantro; season lightly with salt. Once the mixture starts to boil, reduce heat to and cover skillet. Let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until sauce has thickened slightly. Serve with Sopa de Arroz BlancoEnjoy!

*Omit the serrano chiles if you're not a fan of spicy food.


Mexican style shrimp in a spicy tomato salsa - lacocinadeleslie.com


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21 comments:

  1. Leslie, this looks delicious. I, too, have a recipe for them, though mine is quite different from yours. I love having another version to try. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

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  2. My husband would love this. It looks delicious!

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  3. Takes me back to Louisiana. Looks like shrimp creole.

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  4. Is El Pato just a brand name? Will any jar of salsa do?

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  5. Ooh -- yum. ..and I have a can of El Pato in the cupboard and a bag of shrimp in the freezer. I am set. :)

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  6. This looks easy!! Yay! Thanks, Leslie

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  7. You posted your link on my blog to try out a recipe and I am going to in the coming week!!! Just keep an eye out!!!

    I also have a link to your blog displayed on the left hand side!

    Thanks!!!

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  8. I love the look of this, amazing, another one to try.

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  9. Still awaiting an answer to my question: Is El Pato a brand name? I have asked both my wife and my sister-in-law here if they have heard of it. They have not. I´m thinking perhaps it´s a regional thing.

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  10. Felipe: To answer your question, El Pato is a brand name. It is a canned salsa that is a cross between a salsa and a tomato puree. But any jarred, canned or even homemade salsa will work with this recipe.

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  11. I was just about to make this dish when I noticed something awry. In the instructions, you mention adding the tomatoes, but there are no tomatoes in the ingredients list. What´s a guy to do?

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  12. FELIPE: So sorry about the omission. I will fix it immediately. :) Hope you made the camarones anyway! :)

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  13. Yes, I tossed in two chopped roma tomatoes. It worked. Strangely, I believe this is the second time I have made the dish, and I sure did not notice the tomato issue before.

    It was quite tasty. Gracias.

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  14. I love this site. Thank you for all the amazing food!!

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  15. I LOVE YOUR RECETA... ANY RECETA FOR MEXICAN WHITE. RICE?

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  16. Really like the recipe. I will keep making it.

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  17. Is this dish a spicy one? if not how can i make it a bit spicy!

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  18. I don't have salsa El pato, but I'll whip up a salsa from Chile decided arbol and guajo and follow the rest of your instructions, thanks!!

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  19. what Is Salsa El Pato? (Sorry My Dumb Phone Capitalizes Every WorD

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  20. How many ounces did you use of the salsa?

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