Tacos with Grilled Shrimp in Adobo

Tacos with Grilled Shrimp in Adobo
Servings: 8 to 10 Prep 5 mins Marinate 20 mins to 2 hrs Grill 4 mins per batch


Tacos with Grilled Shrimp
  • 1 pound medium shrimp (30 to 35 count), peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup Adobo Marinade (recipe follows), plus more for drizzling
  • Metal or soaked bamboo skewers
  • Warm tortillas, sliced avocado, chopped onion and cilantro
Adobo Marinade
  • 5 large garlic cloves
  • 4 large ancho chiles (2 oz total)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 5 whole peppercorns
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1 clove raw garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Make It

Tacos with Grilled Shrimp

1. Toss shrimp in a large bowl with salt. Add Adobo Marinade and toss to coat.

2. Thread shrimp onto skewers and refrigerate on a tray, covered with plastic wrap, for at least 20 minutes and up to 2 hours. (You can chill them before threading onto skewers if you prefer.)

3. Prepare a grill or heat a grill pan. Grill shrimp until just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.

4. Remove shrimp from skewers and make tacos with the accompaniments, using 3 to 4 shrimp per taco. Drizzle with additional marinade before serving.

Adobo Marinade

5. Heat a flat griddle or a large, heavy skillet. Toast 5 large garlic cloves, unpeeled, turning once or twice until they are somewhat softened (they'll give slightly when squeezed) and browned in patches, about 8 minutes. Peel.

6. In same griddle or skillet, toast 4 large ancho chiles (2 oz total), cut open and seeded, in batches, turning and pressing with tongs until they are fragrant, pliable and have turned a brighter red, about 1 minute. Transfer chiles to a bowl of cold water and soak to soften, about 20 minutes. Drain.

7. Toast, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 5 whole peppercorns and 1 whole clove in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

8. Combine spices, drained chiles, toasted garlic, 1 clove raw garlic, 1/2 cup water, 1 tsp cider vinegar, 1/4 tsp dried Mexican oregano, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp sugar in a blender. Blend until smooth, about 2 minutes, adding more water, 1 tbsp at a time, only if necessary to help mixture blend properly.