Tacos are a weekly staple in my kitchen. We always have the ingredients on hand and let's just call it like it is, they are easy and everyone likes it. I mean who doesn't like tacos?
This recipe of mine is also readily adaptable, here's what I mean by that. During Lent we switch out the usual chicken we make with shrimp, and when are are seeking to eat healthier I abandon the tortilla for romaine lettuce. My shrimp tacos are simple and flavorful, they remind me of the way my grandmother used to make them for my brother and I when we were younger. I hope these bring good dinner memories for you too!
Let's get ready for a no fuss, delicious dinner.
I use three seasonings in this recipe: sea salt, Mi Tienda seasoning, and oregano. Mi Tienda is one of my favorite premixed seasoning because it has all the things that I would sprinkle in myself: onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and dried celery. Highly recommend having this on hand, I basically put this or Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning on everything. If you don't have it just do a light mix of what I listed above in italics.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 6-7 servings
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1/2 yellow onion
1 tsp Mi Tienda Seasoning
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 lb peeled and deveined shrimp
Olive oil for cooking
Romaine lettuce leaves or Tortillas
Other Toppings to Consider
Spanish cauliflower rice or regular spanish rice
Pour in 2 tbsps olive oil into the skillet on medium heat. Slice the red and yellow bell peppers and 1/2 yellow onion then toss them into the skillet. Season with 1 tsp Mi Tienda and 1 tsp sea salt. Saute the peppers and onion until they are soft, about 10-12 minutes.
Note: Start your rice at the beginning of this recipe, this will go quickly and as you know, rice takes a little while. For a week night while on the whole30 I used this pre-packaged cauliflower rice. If you like to make your Spanish rice from scratch, I recommend this recipe.
When the bell peppers and onions are soft, set them aside in a bowl, cover them, and pour 2 tbsps olive oil in the skillet to cook the shrimp.
Work the shrimp in batches so they will cook evenly. On each new batch sprinkle 1/4 tsp of the Mi Tienda on the shrimp and 1/4 tsp oregano. Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes or until they are opaque. Be careful not to overdo it either, you don't want gummy shrimp.
Note: My dad taught me that a good way to know if your shrimp are overcooked is if they curl up too tight, close to making the shape of an "O". If they are still "C" shaped then you haven't reached that point yet.
When all the shrimp are finished put them in a serving bowl and cover to keep warm.
See the note above regarding Spanish Rice.
If you are doing tortillas, this is the best way to do it! Take a stick of butter and rub the end all over the skillet. Place your tortilla on the skillet and when it begins to bubble up, flip over and repeat. You don't need to do anything else!
My grandmother showed me this and I love how the butter gives the tortilla a little flavor and they also have a bit of a crunch to them. In fact, my grandma used to put them directly on top of the gas burner! When you are finished, put them in a sheet of foil to keep warm for serving. If you don't have butter, don't use anything at all, oils won't do the trick.
We did these while on the Whole30 so I didn't use tortilla but instead replaced that with romaine lettuce. I wash and half them so that they are easier to fill and hold on to. This is a good low carb option for those of you that like to be conscientious of that.
Yum! Loving the real dinner quality photos here, had to snap a couple of shots for you blogger style.
Let's close or begin dinner time with a Lenten prayer.
Heavenly Father, as I enter another week of my Lenten journey, guide me to the path that leads to you. Fill my heart with gratitude, patience, strength, and peace as I strive to become the-best-version-of-myself, honestly admitting my shortcomings and sins. As I renew my resolve each day to become a better person, let me hear your voice in the deepest reaches of my heart. Give me rest in you.Help me to accept others, showing them your great love instead of casting judgment. Stay with me through the busy days this week and remind me that when I need comfort, solitude, wisdom, or guidance, I can always turn to you. Help me develop discipline and generosity through fasting and almsgiving, and come closer to you through prayer this Lent. In your name I pray, Amen.