Thursday, July 19, 2012

Throw Another Shrimp on the Barbie…or Quesadilla

One of my favorite meals has to be the tried and true quesadilla.  There’s nothing about a quesadilla I don’t love.  Especially the quesadillas at my favorite Mexican restaurant here in Houston…Escalante’s.  Muy delicioso!  I love a good variation on the typical recipe, so when I found this one I knew I had to try it.  A delicious blend of seafood, mexican, and LOTS of cheese!!  What’s not to love?!


recipe via skinnytaste

1 medium tomato, diced

1 avocado, diced

1 lime {use the juice!}

1 tbsp cilantro, chopped

1 tbsp red onion, finely chopped

16 lg. shrimp {or more if you LOVE the taste}


garlic powder

salt & pepper

4 scallions, chopped

Shredded pepper jack cheese

Flour or wheat tortillas


Set out your ingredients and let’s get ready to get this party started.


First things first.  I used thawed, frozen shrimp and seasoned them right out of the gate.  Sprinkle on a little garlic powder, cumin, salt, & pepper to your liking :)  I was generous with the cumin, just sayin’.


While your shrimp are basking in the seasoning glory, chop your tomato, cilantro, avocado, onion, and scallions.  Set aside the scallions and toss the tomato, avocado, cilantro, and red onion into a small bowl.  Add the lime juice and season it up with a little salt and pepper.  You can give it a little taste test to see if it’s seasoned to your preference.


Now spray a skillet with non-stick cooking spray and toss in the shrimp and scallions.  Cook over medium heat until the shrimp are pink and cooked all the way through.  Don’t be jealous of my super stained skillet.  She gets used quite a lot!


Remove the cooked shrimp from the heat and take out another skillet.  Season with non-stick cooking spray.  Place a tortilla in the skillet and then top it with shredded pepper jack, shrimp, and tomato avocado salsa.  Cook on medium heat until the cheese is melted.


Spray the cooking spray on one side of another tortilla and place it on top of the shrimp/tomato avocado salsa {sprayed side up}.  Put a plate on top of the quesadilla to flip it over onto the plate and then slide the other {uncooked} side back into the skillet.  Once that side is golden brown, remove the quesadilla from the skillet and marvel in the magic you just created.  Yes, friends…this is a little taste of kitchen magic.


Gooey, gooey goodness.   Dang, y’all…this is SO good!!  The flavors just EXPLODED in my mouth!  I felt like I died and went to quesadilla heaven.  Muy, MUY delicioso!!!



  1. You've got my belly growling something awful. I don't think there is any lunch spot that can make this near me!

  2. This looks absolutely incredible!

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  7. These look so good, I might have to make them for my lunch sometime, as my hubby doesn't like seafood. (crazy huh?!) I love your recipes. Also, what font did you use to write the word 'shrimp' on the picture?

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