Shrimp & Poblano Tacos with Jalapeño Slaw

Shrimp & Poblano Tacos

with Jalapeño Slaw

20 MIN
2 Servings
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This dish features the zesty heat of two kinds of peppers: smoky, fresh poblano is sautéed with plump shrimp to fill our vibrant tacos, while tangy pickled jalapeño provides bursts of contrasting flavor in our side of creamy cabbage slaw.
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Shrimp & Poblano Tacos with Jalapeño Slaw
Title
  • 10 oz Tail-On Shrimp (Peeled & Deveined)
  • 4 Flour Tortillas
  • ½ lb Red Cabbage
  • 1 Poblano Pepper
  • 1 oz Sliced Pickled Jalapeño Pepper
  • ¼ cup Guacamole
  • 2 Tbsps Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Mexican Spice Blend (Ancho Chile Powder, Smoked Paprika, Garlic Powder, Ground Cumin & Dried Mexican Oregano)
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Prepare the ingredients & make the slaw
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the slaw

If you prefer to use an oven to warm the tortillas instead of a microwave, preheat the oven to 375°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut out and discard the core of the cabbage; thinly slice the leaves. Finely chop the jalapeño pepper. Cut off and discard the stem of the poblano pepper. Quarter lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Thoroughly wash your hands and cutting board immediately after handling the peppers. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and half the vinegar. Add the sliced cabbage and as much of the chopped jalapeño pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the slaw to be. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Cook the shrimp & poblano pepper
2 Cook the shrimp & poblano pepper

Meanwhile, pat the shrimp dry with paper towels; remove the tails. Place in a bowl; season with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). Toss to thoroughly coat. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp and sliced poblano pepper in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the shrimp are slightly opaque. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pepper is softened and the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Turn off the heat and carefully stir in the remaining vinegar. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Warm the tortillas
3 Warm the tortillas

If using the microwave, wrap the tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave on high 1 minute, or until heated through. If using the oven, wrap the tortillas in a large piece of foil; place directly onto an oven rack and warm 7 to 9 minutes, or until heated through. Transfer the warmed tortillas to a work surface and carefully unwrap.

Assemble the tacos & serve your dish
4 Assemble the tacos & serve your dish

Assemble the tacos using the warmed tortillas, guacamole, and cooked shrimp and poblano pepper. Serve the tacos with the slaw on the side. Enjoy! 

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Prepare the ingredients & make the slaw
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the slaw

If you prefer to use an oven to warm the tortillas instead of a microwave, preheat the oven to 375°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut out and discard the core of the cabbage; thinly slice the leaves. Finely chop the jalapeño pepper. Cut off and discard the stem of the poblano pepper. Quarter lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Thoroughly wash your hands and cutting board immediately after handling the peppers. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and half the vinegar. Add the sliced cabbage and as much of the chopped jalapeño pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the slaw to be. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, at least 10 minutes. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

2 Cook the shrimp & poblano pepper

Meanwhile, pat the shrimp dry with paper towels; remove the tails. Place in a bowl; season with salt, pepper, and enough of the spice blend to coat (you may have extra). Toss to thoroughly coat. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp and sliced poblano pepper in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the shrimp are slightly opaque. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pepper is softened and the shrimp are opaque and cooked through. Turn off the heat and carefully stir in the remaining vinegar. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Cook the shrimp & poblano pepper
Warm the tortillas
3 Warm the tortillas

If using the microwave, wrap the tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave on high 1 minute, or until heated through. If using the oven, wrap the tortillas in a large piece of foil; place directly onto an oven rack and warm 7 to 9 minutes, or until heated through. Transfer the warmed tortillas to a work surface and carefully unwrap.

4 Assemble the tacos & serve your dish

Assemble the tacos using the warmed tortillas, guacamole, and cooked shrimp and poblano pepper. Serve the tacos with the slaw on the side. Enjoy! 

Assemble the tacos & serve your dish
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