Ranchero or Mexican Style Shrimp

Rancheros or mexican shrimps recipe style

The shrimp rancheros or Mexican style, are part of that variety of delicious foods of the gastronomy of this beautiful country.

It is a dish that you can give a special touch of flavor by adding white wine to the sauce in which it is served. It combines chili, garlic and tomato, ingredients that are very easy to find!


  • 500 grams of raw prawns, cleaned and shredded
  • 500 grams of diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped coriander
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 serrano chilies
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


  1. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet, add the onion and sauté for about 2 minutes until it begins to look translucent.
  2. Add the serrano peppers and garlic to the skillet and cook for another 2 minutes until the onion begins to brown.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, cover and reduce heat to medium, then cook for about 12 minutes. The tomatoes will release their juices and soften.
  4. Add the shrimp, salt and pepper to taste and cook for about 4 minutes or until the shrimp turn an opaque color.
  5. Remove your shrimp rancheros from the heat, add chopped cilantro and serve immediately with rice and warm corn tortillas.

During Holy Week in Mexico it is very popular to eat seafood due to its large Catholic population, especially on Friday and Saturday.

Other foods enjoyed by many people during this time are nopales, buñuelos, potatoes, shrimp pancakes, capirotada and many other dishes made with fish and seafood.

Other ways to prepare shrimp Mexican style

In the gastronomy of this beautiful country, depending on the locality, these delicious shrimp are prepared in these ways:

  • Sinaloa style shrimp rancheros: To prepare them you must follow the steps mentioned above but this time you will incorporate poblano peppers cut into slices, it can be to taste.
  • Sonora style shrimp rancheros: Very easy, to make these Mexican style shrimp incorporate boiled potatoes, a sauce of boiled tomatoes mixed in a blender with onion and tequila to finish frying the shrimp.


  • To vary the flavor of our dish a bit, we like to add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter to sauté the shrimp.
  • You can use jalapeño peppers if you can’t find serrano peppers, but adjust the amount to your liking.
  • If you don’t want to eat your Mexican-style shrimp with rice, serve it on a pasta dish or with crusty bread to soak up all those delicious juices.
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