Skillet Shrimp Chilaquiles Recipe

Skillet Shrimp Chilaquiles
Stephen DeVries
Active
20 Minutes
Total
30 Minutes

Yield

Serves 4 (serving size: 1/4 skillet)

Crisp, freshly fried tortilla chips are the star of this dish and they are so easy to make at home. Cut corn tortillas into quarters, then fry wedges in small batches in hot oil until lightly browned, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Quickly remove tortilla chips from oil, and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle chips evenly with salt. Cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes. Then try not to eat them all before you make these tasty shrimp chilaquiles.

Ingredients

  • Vegetable or canola oil
  • 12 (6 1/2-inch) corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 1/2 cups green chile salsa (such as Herdez)
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined raw medium shrimp
  • 1/2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 2 ounces queso fresco (fresh Mexican cheese), crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 ripe avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves

How to Make

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches in a Dutch oven; heat oil over medium-high to 350°F. Stack tortillas; cut stack into quarters to create 48 tortilla wedges. Fry wedges, 12 at a time, in hot oil until lightly browned, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Quickly remove tortilla chips from oil, and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle chips evenly with 3/4 teaspoon of the salt. Cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
  2. Arrange half of chips in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, and pour 1/2 cup salsa over chips. Top with remaining chips and 2 cups salsa. Cover skillet with heavy-duty aluminum foil, and bake in preheated oven 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, toss shrimp with ancho chile powder and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt.
  4. Remove skillet from oven, and increase oven temperature to broil. Remove and discard foil. Arrange shrimp on top of tortilla mixture. Return to oven, and broil just until shrimp turn pink, 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Top with queso fresco, avocado, and cilantro. Serve immediately.