Veracruz style shrimp in chipotle

veracruzan style shrimp chipotle

This vercruzan shrimp chipotle style recipe is part of the traditional cuisine of this beautiful Mexican state full of tasty and amazing dishes.

We’ve added a little basil at the end to give it that special touch, but if you like, you can skip it and you’ll still have a super delicious dish!


  • 1 kilogram of large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 30 chipotle peppers
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ heads of garlic, peeled
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped basil to taste

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  1. Rinse and dry the chipotle peppers with a towel, then sauté them in a skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat. Remove them once they are fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer the chiles to a blender along with 1 head of garlic, 2 tablespoons salt, and ¼ cup water. Blend until you have a thick sauce.
  3. In a deep skillet, pour ¼ cup olive oil and heat over medium heat. Then add the chipotle sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes over low heat.
  4. In a blender add the juice of 3 lemons and ½ head of garlic, blend until smooth and set aside in a small bowl.
  5. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp, garlic and lemon mixture and sauté until shrimp are cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  6. Remove shrimp from heat once they turn pink, add salt, pepper and basil to taste. Then add 3 tablespoons of sauce to your shrimp enchipotladas veracruzanos, stir a little and that’s it!


  • Once the chipotle sauce has finished cooking, it should be thick and dark in color. Remember to stir constantly so it cooks evenly.
  • Also try the Veracruz shrimp enchipotle sauce with grilled scallops or with flaked white fish such as tilapia or grouper.
  • If you don’t have a large frying pan, cook the shrimp in batches of 5, remember that they should be covered with oil and pink in color, try not to overcook them too much.

We hope you liked this dish, you can serve these Veracruz style shrimp enchipotadas with pasta or rice and enjoy the juicy sauce. It’s a great dish for weeknights when time is short for cooking and you’re super hungry.

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