My husband and I love shrimp and we love Mexican food, and this shrimp quesadilla recipe is an easy and delicious way to combine seafood and Mexican fare.
I used to make shrimp quesadillas using a recipe from a popular food blogger, but it was a bit more work than I preferred, requiring a lot of diced fresh peppers and onions, among other things. So I created my own shrimp quesadilla recipe using ingredients that can be quickly thrown together. This is especially nice on busy weeknights or any time when you want a quality Mexican-inspired meal.
You also can experiment with using diced steak or chicken in place of the shrimp in these quesadillas.
Easy Shrimp Quesadillas
1 package (approximately 1 lb.) of raw shrimp, thawed, shells and tails removed
1/2 jar (about 4-5 oz.) salsa of your choice
1-lb. package of shredded Mexican-style cheese
1 package flour tortillas
About 3 tablespoons of salted stick butter
Optional toppings: salsa, sour cream, guacamole, diced tomatoes, chopped lettuce
- Heat a medium skillet and add the shrimp and salsa. Cook until shrimp are pink and done.
- Heat a griddle or large skillet and add 1/2 tablespoon of salted stick butter. Place one flour tortilla on the skillet and top with a handful or two of shredded cheese and several spoonfuls of the cooked shrimp and salsa mixture. Sprinkle a little more cheese on, and top with a second flour tortilla. Cook until the bottom tortilla gets slightly browned and crisp. Flip over (adding another 1/2 tablespoon or so of butter if desired) and cook until the other side is also golden and crisp. Repeat the process, building more quesadillas.
- Slice the quesadillas into wedges and serve with salsa, sour cream, guacamole, diced tomatoes, and/or chopped lettuce.
This meal serves about four people, and it also goes well with side dishes such as refried beans, Mexican-style rice, or chips and salsa.