Tacos de Camaron

Mercadito Tacos de Camaron

Tacos de Camaron

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Shrimp tacos by any other name are Tacos de Camaron! This recipe is courtesy of Mercadito Restaurant in Chicago.

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This recipe makes four tacos, considered one restaurant serving. You can double the recipe (or more) to feed your crowd!


  • Roasted Garlic Puree:
  • 1/2 cup garlic, peeled and whole
  • Oil, enough to cover garlic
  • Shrimp Marinade:
  • 1/2 cup chipotle puree
  • 1/4 cup roasted garlic puree
  • Tacos:
  • 2 tablespoons blended oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons red onion, diced
  • 5 ounces marinated shrimp, roughly chopped (recipe follows)
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle puree
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 4 avocado slices


  • 1 Make roasted garlic puree:
  • 2 In a pot, put whole garlic and cover with oil about 2-inches above garlic.
  • 3 Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer stirring once in a while to make sure garlic does not stick.
  • 4 When garlic turns brown, strain oil and reserve, put roasted garlic in blender until smooth, adding oil if needed to make a paste like mixture.
  • 5
  • 6 *If there is extra garlic puree left, it can be refrigerated for about 1 week.
  • 7
  • 8 Marinate shrimp:
  • 9 In bowl, mix chipotle and roasted garlic puree.
  • 10 Mix in shrimp and marinade until ready to cook.
  • 11
  • 12 Make tacos:
  • 13 Heat oil in a skillet. Lightly brown garlic then add red onion and sauté 30 seconds. Add shrimp. Let cook one minute.
  • 14 Add chipotle puree and lemon juice then stir in butter and salt to taste. Balance sweetness/saltiness/acidity.
  • 15 Place shrimp on tortillas and top with avocado slices, one slice per taco.


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