Friday, April 4, 2014

Recipe: Chipotle Shrimp Quesadillas

This is an incredibly tasty and quick dinner. It takes around 20 minutes to make but is not for the faint of heart. This is a spicy dish! You can cut the heat by adding only half the can of chipotle peppers. However, I wouldn't suggest going over the one 7 oz. can.  Trust me.

I adapted this recipe from a chipotle chicken recipe that one of our other writers (Lynda, my mother - in - law) used to make all the time. We always just put the chicken on our plate and pick it up with flour tortillas. 

I remember many years ago, my wife's (girlfriend at the time) mom was away for a few days and her dad and I really wanted the Chipotle Chicken. Looking in the pantry, Jackie found a few small 7oz cans as well as some larger 12oz. cans of chipotles in adobo sauce. Not sure what her mom used, she decided one of each should be sufficient

Needless to say, it nearly killed us all. 

Her dad had to stop a few bites in and resort to leftover KFC. I, not wanting to be rude, pushed on...and while it was possibly the tastiest thing I've ever eaten, I lived to regret it the days that followed. So that being said, stick to the single 7oz can. 

I love seafood, so wanting something new, this recipe was born. Its great for a cold day but when my pregnant wife is begging me for them when its 85 degrees out in the Mohave Desert, who am I to argue?

 Chipotle Shrimp Quesadillas

What you’ll need:

1 Pkg large (burrito-sized) flour tortillas
7oz can Chipotle Chiles in Adobo Sauce
1 Pkg frozen jumbo shrimp (pre-cooked or raw)
Butter or olive oil
Grated cheddar cheese
Sour cream, salsa, guacamole, or other toppings to taste

 Chipotle Shrimp filling

Preheat a large frying pan on medium high heat. Pour peppers in blender. Fill empty can approximately 2/3 with water and pour into blender. Blend the mixture until a thin paste is formed. Add butter or oil to skillet. Cook shrimp thoroughly if raw. If cooked just add to pan. Pour pepper sauce over shrimp and heat for 5-7 minutes or until mixture is good and hot. Pour into a bowl and set aside.


In a clean frying pan preheat to medium high heat and add oil or butter. Place tortilla in pan and heat until air bubbles start to raise (around 3 minutes or so). Flip the tortilla over. Sprinkle a generous amount of cheese around the entire outside edge of the tortilla. Add the filling to the center of the tortilla inside the circle of cheese. Fold tortilla in half and press around the edges. The cheese will create a nice seal to hold in the filling. Flip the tortilla and allow the other to crisp a little. Repeat this process until you are out of filling or tortillas. Top with sour cream, salsa, or guacamole as desired.

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  1. This is one of my all time favorites. It can be done with shredded chicken or beef as well. MMM!

  2. I love quesadillas and these sound amazing!

  3. I am just starting to learn about chiles this looks like a wonderfully simple way to use chipotles; thanks for bring it to foodie friday.

  4. This looks wonderful and right up my alley! Thank you for linking up again with us at the #WWDParty and sharing this great recipe. Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. My teens love quesadillas! I would love to invite you to share this post at my linky party, Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up

  6. Oh yum, those sound good. Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Healthy Tuesday hop!

  7. Yum, these look delicious.

    Thanks so much for sharing your post at the Say G’Day Saturday linky party. I've just shared this on Google+ and Pinterest.

    Hope to see you again this Saturday!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  8. I fuzzy heart quesadillas!! And adding shrimp and chipolte is pure genius!! Thank you for sharing this recipe at the party this week! I am featuring it on my Facebook page and have pinned it to the You're Gonna Love Tuesday board on Pinterest :-) Have an awesome weekend friend!!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I am foodie at heart and get pure joy out of sharing my findings so that others can enjoy them as well. Thanks again!

  9. I just love your Chipotle Shrimp Quesadilla, it looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. I am such a wimp when it comes to hot food. It sounds like such a good recipe, I would just have to substitute chopped green chilies I think. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week! ~Deborah

  11. I love quesadilla! These look so good. Congrats, we are featuring this over on The Wednesday Roundup! Come on over and check it out, grab your fancy featured button and link up your projects of the week. Oh, and we are also hosting a G+ hop too! Exciting week!

  12. I just made these yesterday! They were really good - spicy, but we love spicy! I used carb balance tortillas (Mission brand) and Fiesta blend cheese. I am always looking for something that will get my husband to eat seafood - these worked! Thanks!

    1. That's great to hear. This is one of my favorite recipes. It took me quite a few tries to get the quesadillas to seal right until I figured out how to use the cheese as the glue to hold them together. This one is also awesome with chicken or beef. Its such a versatile recipe. And the antioxidant properties of peppers are a great benefit! I'm glad you liked them!

  13. I will be featuring this recipe tomorrow on Tasty Tuesday! Make sure you stop by and check out our new party and grab a featured button!

    Julia @ Mini Van Dreams

  14. It would be lovely if you brought this great dish over to Food on Friday: Chillies over at Carole's Chatter. Each week Food on friday has a different theme - this week it is Chillies, last week it was cucumber. We would love you to join in the fun. Cheers

    PS If you would like an email reminder about Food on fRiday each week just let me know