Shrimp, Bacon and Crispy Chickpea Tacos with Smooth Guacamole

Shrimp, Bacon and Crispy Chickpea Tacos with Smooth Guacamole

Shrimp, Bacon and Crispy Chickpea Tacos with Smooth Guacamole

Tacos de Camarón, Tocino y Garbanzos Crujientes con Guacamole

Recipe Yield

8 to 10 tacos approximately

Cooking time

30 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.5 from 6 votes


  • 12 ounces bacon about 8 thick slices, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas rinsed, drained, patted dry
  • 3/4 teaspoons kosher or sea salt divided
  • 1 guajillo chile rinsed, stemmed, seeded, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds shrimp rinsed, shelled and cleaned
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • Corn tortillas
  • Smooth Guacamole

To Prepare

  • In a large saute pan or casserole set over medium-high heat, fry the bacon for a couple minutes, until it starts rendering its fat. Add the chickpeas and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and cook until lightly browned, about 6 to 7 minutes. Incorporate the guajillo chile and almonds, stir, cook for a minute, and scrape into a bowl.
  • Add the oil and butter to that same pan and once it melts and bubbles, add the shrimp and season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook for about a minute and once the shrimp begin to brown, add the garlic and continue cooking for another minute. Turn off the heat. Incorporate the bacon and chickpea mix and taste for salt.
  • Heat the corn tortillas on a preheated comal or skillet set over medium-low heat. Tuck the shrimp mixture into the heated tortillas and top with the smooth guacamole.


75comments inShrimp, Bacon and Crispy Chickpea Tacos with Smooth Guacamole

  1. Donna K

    Feb 04

    This recipe is 5 stars and will be my go-to shrimp recipe from now on 🙂
    The only thing I did different was add a little smoked paprika and chile powder for extra punch.
    Love your recipes, Pati!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 10

      Great additions Donna, so glad you loved this recipe 😉

  2. Annette Cannon

    Feb 03

    I made these and they are wonderful!! I will make them again.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Feb 10

      Yay Annette, gracias!

  3. LAHunt

    Jan 29

    My husband, who generally dislikes new things, asked me to make this recipe after we watched the episode. He loved it, and so do I. I will be making it again. Thanks, Pati!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      Yay! So glad you guys liked these tacos 😉

  4. Anonymous

    Jan 29

    really really good…..

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      So glad you liked the tacos, yay!

  5. CGarcia

    Oct 14

    Loved this recipe. I subbed Pistachios for the almonds and so delicious I used large Vietnamese Shrimp. Love your show and book and so many fabulous recipes ! Gracias

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 19

      Thanks to you! So glad you liked these tacos 😉

  6. Susan

    Oct 04

    You make the recipes look so easy & doable! I’m wondering, do you use all of the fat that was rendered from the bacon? Or do you clean out the pan before proceeding with the recipe?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      Yes Susan, I used all the fat, but if you want to make them leaner, just remove some of it. Enjoy!

  7. Anonymous

    Oct 02

    How do make smooth guacamole

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 04

      Here is the recipe for you, enjoy! 😉

  8. Brian Pfeifer

    Sep 22

    Pati, this recipe is one of my absolute favorites!!! I’ve made them before but just saw a rerun and was inspired to make them again tonight. My only substitution is pepitas instead of almonds since my fiancé is allergic to nuts. They are so delicious and I just love hearing you say “chubby shrimp tacos!” You are great!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 24

      Thanks so much Brian, pepitas were the perfect substitution, so glad you guys enjoyed these tacos!

  9. Stephen Greenwald-Smith

    Sep 10

    Hola Pati,
    I love your cooking show & travels. I like how you bring back a hint of the city into the cooking elements in your kitchen. I try to learn from your recipes when I have the time. This weekend I will try the shrimp bacon and crispy chickpea tacos that I saw you prepare earlier this week. They look divine. Thanks for sharing your beautiful culture in your travels, food preparations, & recipes.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Sep 17

      Thanks so much for your very kind words Stephen, let me know how you like these Tacos 😉

  10. Sue Leonard

    Aug 16

    Hi Pati, we absolutely love your show! We made a variation of this recipe, using hominy instead of chick peas, and pork instead of shrimp. We liked it with the shrimp, but because there are only two of us, we were afraid the shrimp would not stay fresh while we ate it up over several days. Sour cream is also delicious as a topping.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 18

      Thanks Susan for the ideas, pork and hominy is a great combo right? Enjoy 😉

  11. Tim Boccia

    Aug 02

    I made this recipe but substituted cannellini beans because I didn’t have garbanzos, and chicken because I didn’t have shrimp. The base of the flavors from your recipe was so delicious. I love watching your show and love the food you prepare. I was born and raised in LA, so I was fortunate to have access to some great Mexican food, and love to make your recipes.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 05

      Thanks for reaching out Tim! Great subs for when you don’t have all the ingredients for this tacos, enjoy 🙂

  12. Mirna Bonilla

    Jun 19

    patty quiero hacer esta receta donde puedo ver el video? I do better watching and following you cooking. I love your cheerful attitude while you cook.. me contagias .. besitos!!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 21

      Hola Mirna! You can watch me prepare this recipe on Season 8, Episode 4 “Los Mochis, Street Taco Favorites”. Gracias por tus lindas palabras!

  13. Myrna

    May 19

    Pati…For dinner tonight I try your Shrimp, Bacon and Crispy Chickpea Tacos and they were delicious. I didn’t have the guajillo pepper and the slivered almonds but I had an almond dip with chipotle pepper and it came out perfect. That is going to be one of my family favorite.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 20

      Perfect sub Myrna, good job! Glad you enjoyed this recipe 😉

  14. Maria Caracoles

    May 13

    Delish! Can’t wait to make it again!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 13

      Awesome! Thank you Maria 😉

  15. Terri

    May 13

    These were a huge hit on my Family’s Taco Tuesday crunch-down! Delicious! Will be making them again! Thanks for being such an educational and informative chef! You are truly a delight, especially throughout our covid-19 shutdown. May you and yours stay safe and healthy!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 13

      Thank you so much Terri, you guys stay strong as well through these difficult times 🙂

  16. Kaylis

    May 11

    Very good. Hit with the family. I am definitely making this again

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      Yay! Thank you Kaylis 😉

  17. Daniel Politi

    May 05

    Pati – I saw this on create tv! Omg! This is a fantastic recipe. It was so delicious. The crunch of the bacon & chick peas the creaminess of the guacamole outstanding. I would do this recipe again in a heart beat! The only thing I did different was cilantro, white onion & fresh jalapeños as condiments. That’s it!

    I love your show and I am inspired by your take on Mexican food! It’s not about tacos! Though I love those too! It’s about the real food of the Mexican culture! Thank you for showing us novices something extra ordinary!

    Btw you were here in Detroit, MI not to long ago, I would love to see a show on our Mexican community here in Detroit!

    God bless & stay safe.

    Dan Politi

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 11

      Thanks so much for your kind message Dan, you made my day! Stay safe and healthy as well, hope to be able to visit Detroit again soon 😉

  18. Janette

    May 03

    Made these today – so delicious. Thank you for the recipe. I have just started watching your show and I really enjoy it.

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 03

      So glad to read you like these tacos Janette, thanks so much for tuning in!

  19. Katherine Wichmann Zacharias

    May 03

    cant wait to try this tonight!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 03

      Yay Katherine! Let me know how dis you like the tacos 😉

  20. Carin Solis

    Apr 27

    Made this last night-was absolutely delicious!! Thank you for another fabulous recipe!!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 27

      Awesome Carin! So happy to read these were a hit 😉

  21. Lysa

    Apr 18

    Do you have a suggestion for a substation for the guallio? Ancho perhaps?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 19

      Absolutely Lysa 😉 Ancho is the best substitute you can use for Guajillo, good luck!

  22. Bob K

    Apr 11

    I made this dish after seeing your show for the first time. These were the best tacos I have ever eaten!!
    I am now a bid fan.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 19

      Thanks so much Bob!!! Love to hear you liked these tacos.

  23. Robin B.

    Jan 27

    Made these tonight after seeing the episode they were in and everyone loved them, even my three year old! Such a nice change to our weekly taco dinners.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 30

      Thanks Robin! These recipe is one of my favorites as well.

  24. Gracie (SM, TX)

    Jan 26

    Saw your show on Sinaloa, MX and had to try this recipe along with the guacamole recipe. My family loved it. This is how I will make my guacamole from now on.

    The Tres Leches cake is next in line. Love your shows and all the places you visit.

    I love seeing the people and natural beauty and plan on sharing some of the episodes with my high school students so they can see the beauty of Mexico.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 31

      Thanks so much Gracie for sharing the show with your students! Mexico is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world.
      Let me know how the Tres Leches comes out 😉

  25. Mary

    Jan 15

    Just made these, they are delicious.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 16

      So happy you gave them a try, Mary!

  26. Alice

    Jan 07

    Outstanding! Super easy, but the combination of ingredients is a taste sensation. Loved the crispy chickpeas, and I don’t even like chickpeas! Next time, I’ll use an extra guajillo, but it was great as is! Loved the guac, too!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jan 08

      So glad you loved it, Alice!

  27. Sally

    Dec 19

    Wow, Pati! This is one of my favorite new dishes. Thank you very much for the recipe.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Dec 20

      Delighted to hear this, Sally!

  28. Vettee

    Nov 15

    Regarding the guajillo chile, that is a red dry chile? Or a fresh chile?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 16

      It’s a dried chile. Here’s some more info, Vettee:

  29. Anonymous

    Nov 09


  30. Anonymous

    Nov 09

    Soooooo good!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 10


  31. Casey

    Nov 04

    Absolutely delicious! I would never think to mix these ingredients for tacos, but they work beautifully! I will certainly be making these again.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 05

      I’m so happy you will be making them again, Casey!

  32. Carmen Watson

    Nov 02

    Pati, I love your show. I’m a fan, I have cooked a lot of your recipes.
    I just printed Shrimp,Bacon,Chicpea Tacos. Don’t laugh, but I usually write
    Like crazy when your cooking, to get everything right, my grandson said let’s print it Nana.
    I’m in heaven.
    You’re Awesome

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 02

      Oh I’m glad your grandson gave you the idea, Carmen. Enjoy the tacos!

  33. Brad Kuerbis

    Nov 01

    Wow! I watched you make these on Monday night and am making them tonight. I consider myself an excellent cook of Mexican cuisine but I always learn so much from you. I watch a ton of cooking shows but you are my favorite! These tacos are just another example of your authenticity and creativity – the kind of recipes and ideas that make me a better home cook. Thank you Pati!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Nov 02

      Thank you for the kind words, Brad!

  34. Mark Reiter

    Oct 26

    I saw you make this today on my PBS station, look and sound delicious. Shopping for the ingredients tomorrow!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 28

      Thanks for tuning in, Mark! And enjoy the tacos.

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