May 6, 2020 0 Comments Dinner

Blackened Shrimp Fajita Bowls With Chipotle Lime Sauce

Send your tastebuds to Mexico with these blackened shrimp fajita bowls with lime chipotle sauce. Featuring a fiesta of blackened shrimp, bell peppers, purple onions, garlic, lime, spice, and a hint of fire. Serve over a bed of rice with a side of creamy piquant chipotle lime sauce.

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Yesterday was Cinco De Mayo, which white people love to celebrate with Mexican food and margaritas. Did you know that Cinco De Mayo is in fact not their Independence Day? The day actually commemorates a Mexican victory over French troops in the Battle of Puebla. Mexican independence happened 50 years earlier, and is observed on September 16.

Although Mexico won the battle, it wasn’t exactly celebrated with tequila shots. The holiday is not even recognized as a federal holiday in Mexico. In fact, outside of the town of Puebla, the day isn’t widely celebrated in the country, making this more of an American holiday (surprise surprise). 

Don’t put your margaritas and sombreros away just yet though, Mexican Cuisine is still delicious and we can still celebrate that!

Do we really need an excuse to eat Mexican food anyway? I say no way! Coincidentally this Mexican themed dish lined right up with Cinco De Mayo AND Taco Tuesday. These Blackened Shrimp Fajita Bowls With Chipotle Lime Sauce were what we wound up having for dinner.

For this dish, I used red bell peppers, but feel free to add some more colour with an orange or yellow or even green one. Red peppers are my favourite.

I just used Jasmine rice cause that’s what I had available in the cupboard. The most common rice used in Mexican cuisine is medium long grain rice. Cook the rice according to package directions. I always make more than it says for a “general serving”. It’s never enough. The package usually says that 1 cup of dry rice will serve 4 people. Make 2 cups. If you have some rice leftover in the end, you can heat it up the next day with some veggies for lunch.

As for the shrimp, I used frozen pre-cooked shrimp. You can also use uncooked shrimp, you’ll just need to add a bit more time when cooking them. I peeled all of the tails off before cooking them which makes for a more pleasant eating experience. You can also buy shrimp with the tails already removed.

Here’s how to make Blackened Shrimp Fajita Bowls With Chipotle Lime Sauce:

Preheat a frying pan with one tablespoon of olive oil over high heat. Make sure the shrimp is completely defrosted. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towel. Once the pan is hot add the shrimp. Season with half of the cajun seasoning, one tablespoon of lime juice, salt and pepper and fry until they are cooked through and begin to blacken. Transfer the shrimp to a dish and set aside.

Bring the pan back to the burner over high heat and add another tablespoon of olive oil. Add the sliced peppers, purple onion and garlic to the pan. Sprinkle with the other half of the cajun seasoning and the other tablespoon of lime juice. Toss to coat. Cook the veggies until they begin to soften and get a little charred.

Add the shrimp back to the veggies and toss to combine. Remove from heat.

In a blender combine sour cream, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, chipotle powder, chilli powder, salt & pepper. Blend on high speed until combined.

Divide the rice into 4 bowls, top each bowl with the fajita mix, and drizzle with chipotle sauce. Serve and enjoy!

Shrimp Fajita Bowls

Blackened Shrimp Fajita Bowls With Chipotle Lime Sauce

Send your tastebuds to Mexico with this fiesta of blackened shrimp, bell peppers, purple onions, garlic, lime, spice, and a hint of fire. Serve over a bed of rice with a side of creamy piquant chipotle lime sauce.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 507 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb large shrimp with tails removed peeled & deveined
  • 2 large sweet bell peppers sliced
  • 1 small purple onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 4 lime wedges (for serving)
  • cilantro for serving (optional)

Chipotle Lime Sauce

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat a frying pan with one tablespoon of olive oil over high heat. Make sure the shrimp is completely defrosted. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towel. Once the pan is hot add the shrimp. Season with half of the cajun seasoning, one tablespoon of lime juice, salt and pepper and fry until they are cooked through and begin to blacken. Transfer the shrimp to a dish and set aside.
  • Bring the pan back to the burner over high heat and add another tablespoon of olive oil. Add the sliced peppers, purple onion and garlic to the pan. Sprinkle with the other half of the cajun seasoning and the other tablespoon of lime juice. Toss to coat. Cook the veggies until they begin to soften and get a little charred.
  • Add the shrimp back to the veggies and toss to combine. Remove from heat.
  • In a blender combine sour cream, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, chipotle powder, chilli powder, salt & pepper. Blend on high speed until combined.
  • Divide the rice into 4 bowls, top each bowl with the fajita mix, and drizzle with chipotle sauce. Serve and enjoy!
Keyword Chipotle, Lime, Mexican Cuisine, Shrimp, Shrimp Fajita Bowls, Shrimp Fajitas

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