October 28, 2010

Southwestern-Style Shrimp Tacos

While I am a fan of Gorton's popcorn shrimp I can't lie... I was not looking forward to having another batch of it after Tuesday's day of tacos. My hesitation all changed when my stomach was growling bad enough and I was pulling all of the ingredients out for my third recipe for the challenge.

After the popcorn shrimp baked I placed the Ortega flour tortilla in the oven to warm up. Without thinking I left it in the oven for 3 minutes and it crisped up. Sure, the challenge says "fish taco" but this was still on a vehicle of sorts and still was stuffed piled high with deliciousness. No I couldn't fold it like a taco. Okay. So it's a tostada. Rules are meant to be broken.

With the end result as flavorful as it was I'm sure a little rule breaking won't hurt anyone. These tacos tostadas were given the seal of approval by 2 two year olds who sat at the table for an hour and fifteen minutes eating two servings each. The only sounds coming out of these very talkative little guys were a "yummy" after every bite. This is a feat of it's own. I had one toddler eat it as is and my son had to have his disassembled and each element stand on it's own.  

Southwestern-Style Shrimp Tacos (or tostadas) are little blankets of heaven. A crispy flour tortilla layered with crisp romaine lettuce, nutty corn, green onions, silky black beans, refreshing tomato, more crunch from blue corn tortilla chips, creamy avocado slices, and a tangy sour cream drizzle. The sour cream was mixed with lime juice, olive oil, cumin, garlic, maple syrup, hot sauce, and cilantro. 
The first bite til the last was a flavor explosion. Lunch time hasn't tasted this good since before having a toddler. Thankfully now I can add these tacos in the lunch rotational and have a lunch worth looking forward to.

I quite possibly believe these could be a winning recipe. Even if Gorton's and Ortega don't agree my family sure does. Strike that. Mr. Sideline Chef still thinks day one's recipe of Chipotle Spiced Shrimp and Mango tacos were better.  His taste buds just need to be taken in for a tune up obviously. He ate day one's tacos with any of the toppings and just had the tossed shrimp in his tortilla with the romaine lettuce. No sense of adventure.

Give these a try and put a flavorful spin on your tacos!


Brenda said...

Another winning recipe! Seriously, this looks and sounds so so good. I would love to try this. Good luck with the challenge, I hope you win the trip to Mexico (or at the least, a free box of popcorn shrimp). And that's too funny you had a dream you won millions from McDonalds the other night. LOL!

Pretend Chef said...

Brenda - I'm sure hoping. Even if I don't win eating this was a win in my book! Thank you!

Carolyn said...

Now these are the ones I was waiting for, since you raved about them. They certainly sound like they could win the prize! I know my whole family would gobble these up.

Pretend Chef said...

Carolyn - My mouth still waters whenever I think of these.

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