Skillet Shrimp Tacos with Adobo Verde

Servings: 4


  • For the Green Chile Adobo
  • 1/2head garlic, separated into unpeeled cloves
  • 4 to 5fresh serrano chiles, stems removed
  • 1 large bunch cilantro (thick bottom stems cut off), roughly chopped (about 2 cups loosely packed)
  • 1 large bunch flat-leaf parsley (thick bottom stems cut off), roughly chopped (about 2 cups loosely packed)
  • 1cup olive oil
  • Salt
  • For the tacos
  • 1pound shrimp, peeled, and, if you like, deveined
  • Salt
  • 2tablespoons vegetable oil, olive oil, bacon drippings or freshly rendered pork lard
  • 1medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/4cup crumbled Mexican queso fresco or queso añejo or other fresh or aged garnishing cheese like fresh farmers' cheese, dry goat cheese, Romano or Parmesan


For the Green Chile Adobo: In a large (10-inch) skillet set over medium heat, lay in the garlic and chiles and roast, turning regularly, until soft and browned in spots, about 10 minutes for the chiles and 15 for the garlic. When the chiles and garlic have cooled, slip the skins off the garlic, roughly chop everything (no need to remove the chile seeds) and scoop it into a blender or food processor.

Add the cilantro, parsley, olive oil and salt and process it all, stopping to scrape in the sides if necessary, until it's nearly smooth and looks like a pesto. Scoop out 1/3 cup of the adobo, combine it with 2 tablespoons of water and set it aside. Cover the remaining adobo and keep it in the refrigerator for another use.

For the shrimp: Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and season with a generous sprinkling of salt.

In a very large (12-inch) skillet set over medium-high, heat the oil (or one of its stand-ins). Lay in the shrimp in a single layer and strew the onion onto the open spots. As the shrimp sears, nestle in the onion slices, turning them as they brown. When the shrimp are browned one on side, about 2 to 3 minutes, turn them over, brown the other side, about 2 to 3 minutes more.

Spoon in the adobo and mix together, scoop into warm tortillas and top with queso fresco.



  1. I made this dish when the recipe of adobo recipe came out a few weeks ago, the adobo is great, but I marinated my shrimp with it for the day, then cooked for dinner, Uuummmmmm! good,

  2. I am such a Rick Bayless fan. His recipes never disappoint – and this one couldn’t be more delicious. I cook the shrimp in duck fat, top with avocado, and,
    Holy cow! They are soo soooo good! We serve them with Rick’s perfect margarita recipe!

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