Shrimp Fajitas with Spanish Chorizo and Chipotle Mayo on grilled flour tortillas. Today, let’s double down on intense Spanish flavors with these Tex-Mex fajitas – tender shrimp seasoned with smokey Spanish paprika and cumin, spicy hot Spanish chorizo, a tangy savoy cabbage slaw, and dripping in a creamy chipotle mayo.
Shrimp Fajitas Give Life To That Cast Iron Pan
Step back ya’ll. These fajitas on fleek.
Shrimp fajitas are a delicious and easy to prepare alternative to steak or chicken fajitas. Served on grilled flour tortillas with a sweet and tangy savoy cabbage slaw and a smokey chipotle mayo – these little guys are awesome.
Tipping our hats (or it is cowboy hats?) to the Tex-Mex fajitas tradition of skirt steak in a sizzling hot cast iron pan, we’ve decided instead to go with peeled shrimp and Spanish chorizo.
If you want to buck the sizzling cast iron tradition completely, try grilling unpeeled shrimp and toss those together with cured Spanish chorizo that has been warmed through.
Peel and clean the shrimp, but leave the tails on. In fact, I’m all for leaving the shell and heads on, but that seems to be a sticking point with a lot of folks. The natural sugars in the shell and tail caramelize and make for better tasting shrimp. It freaks some people out in the same way leaving the head attached to fish does before broiling or grilling. Do you cook lobster removed from the shell? No, because they taste better – in the same way a t-bone steak tastes better with the bone in. My recommendation for better tasting shrimp, leave at least the tails on and remove the shells so you can devein.
Just as the shrimp finishes cooking, add previously sauteed chorizo back to the skillet to heat both through together.
We’re using Spanish chorizo which is cured, so you only need to cook them for about 5 minutes. Just until they are slightly browned, warmed through, and begin to release some of their paprika flavored oils.
The flavors of chorizo and shrimp meld together to create a fantastic combination in a Spanish-inspired seafood fajitas.