Camarones Enchilados or Spicy Shrimp Recipe

Whip up this spicy shrimp and rice bowl tonight for a satisfying meal you can prepare in less than 20 minutes! You have probably seen this dish on almost every Spanish or Portuguese restaurant menu. Camarones enchilados or spicy shrimp, are hearty, flavorful and the perfect comfort food. Once you see how easy it is to make it may just become part of your go-to menu item during the week.

camarones enchilados spicy shrimp

You can make this dish as spicy as you like. I used jalapenos in this dish but Thai chilies will go well, as well as serranos, or cayenne peppers. It’s really a matter of how much heat you can tolerate and pepper flavor. Jalapenos are mild enough so the flavor of the shrimp, pepper and onions aren’t overpowered.

camarones enchilados spicy shrimp

One way to save a lot more time is by purchasing your shrimp de-veined. If you can get them to remove the shells then even better!

camarones enchilados spicy shrimp

Camarones Enchilados or Spicy Shrimp
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Serves: 2
  • 1 lb shrimp, deveined
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, julienne
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of rice
  • salt & pepper
  1. Prepare the rice per directions on the package. While rice is cooking prep the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Remove shell from shrimp and clean well. If shrimp is not deveined make sure to remove vein.
  3. On medium heat, heat up oil in a large saute pan then add the onions. Onions can be left as rings or you can cut them into half rings. Stir occasionally and cook until soft. Add the green peppers, the jalapenos and the garlic and stir until peppers are soft.
  4. Add the tomato sauce then add the salt and pepper to taste. Let the sauce come to a boil.
  5. Add the shrimp and cook for about 4-5 minutes. While shrimp is cooking, if the sauce is too thick add ½ cup of water and continue cooking.
  6. Remove shrimp from heat so as to not overcook. Serve the shrimp over rice.


Wordless Wednesday: Spicy Shrimp Dishes

I’m starting my Wordless Wednesday series with a few words… Every so often I come across amazing recipes, meals or styled feasts that just leave me, well speechless. These are the ones that inspire and make you want to pull out that mixer you haven’t used in ages, buy ingredients you normally wouldn’t stock or just simply make you drool! You know, the ones that just make you say *sigh*.

So every Wednesday I’ll be posting recipes from other great home cooks or professional chefs that inspire me to pull out my apron…yes, I have one, or two and hope you’re inspired too!

Shrimp Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce from Closet Cooking

Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Crostini from Whipped Baking

Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail from Kitchen Runway

Shrimp Ceviche from Muy Bueno

Spicy Firecracker Shrimp from Picture the Recipe