Recipe Review

These Crispy Shrimp and Poblano Tacos Are So Good, You’ll Want to Make Them Every Week

published May 7, 2022
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Extra crispy coconut shrimp on sheet pan and plate with sauce on side in ramekin.
Credit: Photo: Jason Rampe | Food Stylist: Amelia Rampe
Extra-Crispy Coconut Shrimp

In my opinion, nothing works better as a celebration meal than tacos. I’ve always been a fan and always will be. You can’t go wrong with a crispy tortilla shell and fillings seasoned to perfection. Top it off with some lemon juice and guacamole? You really have a party! And if anyone knows good celebration food, it’s Caitlin from @Kalefornia Kravings, and she has an excellent recipe for crispy shrimp and poblano tacos that prove just that.

The popular food photographer and recipe creator recently took to her Instagram page to showcase her take on the classic tacos gobernador — a fairly simple process that comes together in just four steps.

Start by thawing your shrimp, then cutting them into thirds. Heat a skillet and add chopped poblano peppers and onions, sautéing until tender. Add the shrimp, garlic, chili powder, cayenne, and salt. Sauté until the shrimp is cooked through, then stir in some cilantro and transfer the shrimp into a bowl when finished. Layer a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay out the tortillas before spraying them with cooking spray. Flip them over and bake for 2 to 3 minutes at 425°F.  

For assembly, layer each tortilla on one side with cheese, then add the shrimp and poblano mixture, topping with a bit more cheese. Fold the other side of the tortilla over your filling and press down gently. Once your tacos are prepared, put them back in the oven and bake for about 15 to 17 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the tortillas are nice and crispy. Serve with guacamole and all your favorite toppings and enjoy! 

Recipes like this get me excited to cook, purely because of the no-fuss nature of them. The full, detailed recipe can be found here for your enjoyment, and if you’re like me, you’ll probably be adding them to your lunch or dinner lineup very soon. If tacos don’t necessarily suit your fancy, you can always ditch the shells for taco soup — a recipe that can rival your favorite chili and makes for great leftovers. If you need ideas on how to season it just right, though, this homemade taco seasoning can be easily stored for later and saves you a trip to the market!