Double Stacked Shrimp and Cheese Tacos

tomatotortillachile de arbol

Double Stacked Shrimp and Cheese Tacos

Double Stacked Shrimp and Cheese Tacos

Tacos Bravos de Toño

Recipe Yield

6 to 8 double tacos

Cooking time

50 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.41 from 5 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 to 3 chiles de árbol stemmed, keep the seeds (more to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt or to taste, plus more for seasoning the shrimp
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil divided, plus more to cook the tacos
  • 2 pounds medium shrimp rinsed, shelled, and butterflied
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 12 to 16 corn tortillas
  • 3 cups melty shredded cheese such as mozzarella, asadero, Oaxaca, quesadilla, or Monterey Jack
  • 1 large ripe avocado halved, pitted, thinly sliced

To Prepare

  • Combine the tomatoes, garlic and chiles de árbol in a medium saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook for about 10 minutes, until the tomatoes and garlic are completely soft and the chiles are plump and rehydrated. Transfer to a blender with 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the oregano, tomato paste and salt, and puree until completely smooth.
  • Heat the 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, pour in the tomato puree, cover partially and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 6 minutes, until the mixture has thickened and darkened, and the flavors have intensified. Turn off the heat.
  • Season the butterflied shrimp with salt and pepper. Melt 1 tablespoon butter with 1 tablespoon oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. Once the butter begins to foam, add half the shrimp and quickly sear for a minute or so per side. They should be browned and just cooked through. Be careful not to overcook or the shrimp will be rubbery. Scrape into a bowl. Melt another tablespoon butter and oil together and repeat with the second batch.
  • Heat a comal, griddle or large skillet, preferably nonstick or cast iron, over medium heat. Add a tablespoon or two of oil to the surface.
  • One by one, lightly sauce the tortillas: briefly dip them into the tomato sauce, making sure the entire tortilla is coated (I like to use a pair of rubber tipped tongs but you could also just use you hands) and lay as many as will fit on the comal or griddle without overlapping. Top each tortilla with 2 to 3 tablespoons shredded cheese. Leave for a couple of minutes, until the cheese begins to melt and the bottoms of the sauced tortillas begin to dry and brown a little. Then, using a spatula, stack two sauced, browned and cheese-topped tortillas, one on top of another.
  • Don’t worry if the tortilla that you scrape up to stack on top of the other one sticks and tears a little bit or if it is not sitting evenly on top. Spoon some seared shrimp on top of each stack, gently fold with a spatula and continue cooking for a couple of minutes, until the cheese has completely melted and begun to ooze out and create a crust.
  • Remove from the heat and serve hot. Top with slices of ripe avocado.

Comments

52comments inDouble Stacked Shrimp and Cheese Tacos

  1. Jennifer S

    Jul 07

    I made these for dinner tonight and they were fantastic. Dipping the tortillas in the sauce added even more depth of flavour and texture to the dish. The recipe had a nice heat, next time I won’t shake out as many seeds from the chiles de arbol (I admit I was slightly worried)! My family affirmed that dinner tasted like the wonderful meals we have experienced whilst visiting Mexico. We love your show, books and recipes Pati, thank you for allowing us to travel virtually and culinarily (and plan where next to visit) when we couldn’t leave home.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jul 08

      Thanks to you Jennifer and to your family for following. So happy to know you guys are tuning in and enjoying the show, yay!!

  2. Joe Sanchez

    May 23

    Tried them today, so I learned a couple of things when cooking these …..take your time and do one thing at a time and you’ll save the kitchen from exploding. I made a mess and set off the fire alarms a couple of times but in the end I ended up enjoying them, they were delicious. Now to clean up and keep my wife happy lol

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 23

      Haha! Yes, take your time 😉 So glad you liked the tacos Joe!

  3. Katherine Edmiston

    Apr 29

    An amazing recipe I can’t wait to try it!!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 30

      Let me know how do you like these tacos when you prepare them Katherine 😉

  4. Jen

    Apr 03

    Amazing! I had a can of good San Marzano tomatoes so used that instead of tomatoes and water (winter tomatoes here are awful anyway). Such a simple sauce with complex flavor. Thank you also for pulling me out of my usual fish taco rut!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 04

      So glad you decided to go for these tacos and loved them Jen, yay!

  5. Anonymous

    Mar 30

    Wow! All that cheese yummy! Can’t wait to make these. Gracias ☺️

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 04

      Hopefully you will love them!

  6. Laura Miller

    Mar 27

    Hi Patty I’ve watched your show for a long time now and very interested in what you do I’m going to try and make this shrimp tacos my son loves tacos and he also likes shrimp it looks great my name is Laura and I live in Paola Kansas in the rule area best of luck to you and keep on cooking

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 11

      Thanks so much for the kind words Laura, so glad you are making this tacos for your son, hope he will love them! Un abrazo to Kansas 😉

  7. Francisco ramirez

    Mar 20

    They look delocious gracias por la receta

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 20

      Con gusto Francisco, hope you’ll enjoy these tacos 😉

  8. Bill & Ellen Schoenbeck

    Feb 14

    My wife and I really love your show and recipes. Why did the website change? It was so easy before to look up by season and episode. Now the recipes all seem jumbled together and searching by season and episode yields too may results and is difficult to find what you are looking for. Our local PBS station tells us the season and episode so that’s how we look up a recipe we want to save for later. Please fix the search function, 302 results for season 9 episode 7 is too many.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 15

      Thanks so much Bill and Ellen for your feedback. We are in the first stages of re vamping our website. So far is looking amazing and we are working on fine tuning it to offer you the best experience, thanks so much for your patience.

  9. Barb

    Feb 14

    Cannot wait to make this. I made a similar version with what I had on hand. I had made fresh tomatillo sauce so I substituted the green sauce for the red. I was good.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 15

      Yummy, thanks for sharing Barb!

  10. Rina

    Jan 31

    You are my inspiration to cook every week, I’ll try this, my American fiancé loves spicy sauce.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      Thanks so much Rina, hope the tacos will not disappoint!

  11. Jessica Diego Martinez

    Jan 23

    My husband and I made these tacos today after seeing this episode. Que Ricos!! Gracias por la receta.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 10

      My pleasure Jessica! Que bueno que les gustaron, saludos!

  12. Lyle V.

    Jan 10

    These look amazing and I can’t wait to make them for my music buddies. We get together to talk music and enjoy tasty food. Tacos bravos promise to be a huge hit!
    I’ve really been enjoying the new season highlighting Sonoran cuisine.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 17

      Thanks so much for the kind words Lyle, hope everyone in your group will enjoy these tacos!

  13. Erin

    Dec 27

    These were amazing. I used some left over chile from making tamales, so not quite the same sauce but still arbol based and garlicy. I used a vegan cheddar in mine (Miyokos brand) which was delicious; husband got the real queso and it was so melty! He gave it two enthusiastic thumbs up. We used corn tortillas, but this would be great with a fresh, thin flour tortilla. May try this with pork…and an egg…

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 06

      So glad you enjoyed these tacos Erin, and also amazed at how many great ideas you have to give this recipe your own twist, enjoy!

  14. Anonymous

    Dec 19

    Really great recipe, I watched the episode in tv couple of weeks ago and my husband was drooling and saying he wants those tacos:). They did not disappoint! So different from other taco recipes!
    Thank you Pati,
    Marketta

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 21

      Thanks so much to you and your husband Marketta, for tuning in and for giving these tacos a chance!

  15. john r

    Dec 01

    made these and they are amazing. have you ever tried with soft shell crabs?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 02

      I have not, but what a great idea, yum!

      1. john r

        Dec 02

        flour tortillas?

        1. Pati Jinich

          Dec 02

          Sure John, if you like them better, flour tortillas work as well 😉

  16. Desi

    Nov 30

    My father in law and I made these tacos 🌮 tonight after watching ur show, they were everything you said they would be pati!!!!! Super delicious 😋 thank you for sharing these recipes with all of us….

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 02

      Thanks so much for giving this recipe a chance Desi, un abrazo to you and your suegro 😉

  17. Helena

    Nov 29

    Made these for dinner tonight Pati…absolutely amazing!!!!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 02

      Yay! Thank you Helena 😉

  18. Paul

    Nov 29

    Hi Pati,

    I am such a big fan of your show! I learn so much from you. The recipe was fantastic! I followed your instructions exactly and the tacos didn’t disappoint. Mexican cuisine unfortunately gets misrepresented (tacos, burritos, rice, beans). Thank you for showing your fans that Mexican food has as much versatility as any cuisine in the world.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 02

      Thanks for your kindness Paul, so glad you enjoyed the Tacos Bravos!

  19. Paul Diaz

    Nov 24

    Pati,

    Your the best!!! I always look forward to learning something different from your episodes. We really, really enjoyed the tacos!!! We followed the instructions exactly and they didn’t disappoint. I wish I could have posted of a photo!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 02

      So glad to read this Paul!

  20. jrc

    Nov 22

    hola pati’ can this recipe be made with guajillo salsa with dried arbol’ for heat? i make guajillo sauce all the time

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 02

      Of course yes! Spicy Guajillo salsa, yum!!!

  21. Sandra

    Nov 22

    I made the shrimp taco delicious. Got a thumbs up from my family and want me to make more.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 22

      Yay Sandra, thanks so much for letting me know, SO happy the family approved 😉

  22. Gary

    Nov 18

    😋🤪

  23. Susanna

    Nov 18

    Hola Pati!! Hope you’re well. I enjoy watching your cooking show & all the places you take us to! How can I store cilantro so that it keeps fresh? I’m continually buying it & tossing the old one(s) out without the fragrance or blacken twigs. Cilantro is expensive & not always fresh!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 22

      Hi Susanna, try to wrap the stems in a moist paper towel and then in a plastic bag, you will give you cilantro few more days of life 😉

      1. Helena

        Nov 29

        You know what works really well.
        After purchasing, cut stems, like you do fresh flowers. Then put in jar of water, cover with a dry plastic bag (I use a ziplock) put elastic around the bottom , refrigerate. Mine lasts for a few weeks this way.

  24. David Bieger

    Nov 15

    We have often visited Guymas, camping on the beach and diving and swimming. But the thing we looked forward to most was the shrimp! Non better in all of Baja or the Sea of Cortez.
    I can’t wait to make the shrimp tacos Brava.
    I think we can make these at the beach on New Years Day in San Diego.
    Thanks Patient.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 22

      Thanks to you David, enjoy the shrimp and the tacos 😉

  25. Lucille

    Nov 14

    Looks so good, can’t wait to make them.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 22

      Hope you like them Lucille, thank you!

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