Chipotle Shrimp Bowls

White bowl filled with shrimp, rice, and veggies

Chipotle Shrimp Bowls coming at ya! Since moving and getting engaged, life it going 100 miles an hour. We have been making these bowls or similar versions so often we knew we had to share with you! Great for a busy day when you forgot to defrost chicken or ground beef for the recipe you were planning to make that night. Mix up your toppings and get dinner to the table without all the headache of defrosting. Check out the recipe below and let us know what you think!

Two bowls on a white counter filled with veggies, beans, rice, and shrimp Mexican style.

Inspiration

As mentioned above, we have been moving at lightening speed. Every night we are on the phone with family or friends planning our wedding or opening up a new piece of furniture to put together. With all of the commotion, we have been slipping up on taking out meat to defrost for dinner. These Chipotle Shrimp Bowls are our savior. We started making them because of how quickly you can defrost shrimp and we also have a bag of frozen shrimp on hand for that reason. The recipe is a riff off of our Classic Baked Taco seasoning with some small tweaks to account for the absorbing nature shrimp have.

Tools Needed

Strainer: If you bought fresh shrimp there is really no need for the strainer. We use frozen shrimp, so we use the strainer to defrost the shrimp under cool water.

Frying Pan: Everyone has their go-to frying pan and you will surely need this to sauté these shrimp to perfection.

Big bowl filled with sauteed peppers and onions, grilled shrimp, Spanish rice and other veggies on a white counter.

Ingredients

Shrimp: Naturally in our Chipotle Shrimp Bowls we use shrimp. If you are not a seafood lover, chicken would be a great substitute.

Rice or Grain: To make these bowls hearty and filling we use a Spanish rice or a brown rice. You can opt out of this or also use a different grain like quinoa or whatever is your favorite.

Beans: In order to add some protein we top these Chipotle Shrimp Bowls with some black or kidney beans. Those are our favorites, so if you are more of a pinto bean lover, go for it!

Peppers and Onions: The best addition to any Mexican favor based dish in my honest opinion. There is something about grilled or sautéed peppers and onions that have me drooling.

Spices: This spice blend is a riff off of our Classic Baked Tacos, check them out!

Butter: We like using butter for this recipe to create a velvety flavor and texture to the shrimp.

Two white bowls, one off center filled with food, mainly shrimp, beans, and rice.

Step by Step

Start making these Chipotle Shrimp Bowls by prepping. Thinly slice up your peppers, onion, chop the lettuce, and finely mince the chipotle in adobo sauce. Combine all the dry ingredients for the Chipotle Shrimp into a bowl, mix, and set aside. Start your rice if you choose to add rice as this usually takes about 20 minutes to cook. Also start your beans if you choose to add to the bowls.

In a large frying pan over medium heat, add a tablespoon of butter to the pan. Let melt and add the peppers and onions. Add a pinch of salt and let these cook down, mixing every few minutes. After about 5-7 minutes move the peppers and onions to the wall of the pan, add the other two tablespoons of butter and shrimp to the pan. Toss in the dry seasoning and chipotle in adobo to the pan. Mix well and cook for about 7 minutes or until the shrimp reach 125 degrees internally. Remove everything from heat and begin to compose your Chipotle Shrimp Bowls. Start with the base as rice, add some beans, lettuce, avocado, peppers and onions, and the Chipotle Shrimp. Enjoy!

From our kitchen to yours, cheers!

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White bowl filled with shrimp, rice, and veggies
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Chipotle Shrimp Bowls

Quick and easy Chipotle Shrimp Bowls to make on those nights you forgot to defrost the meat. This meal comes together in under 30 minutes.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 lb shrimp devained and cleaned
  • 1 package spanish rice
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 cup shopped lettuce
  • 3 peppers sliced thin
  • 1 yellow onion sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 avocado sliced and scooped

Shrimp Seasoning

  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 2-3 tbsp salted butter

Instructions

  • Start making these Chipotle Shrimp Bowls by prepping. Thinly slice up your peppers, onion, chop the lettuce, and finely mince the chipotle in adobo sauce.
  • Combine all the dry ingredients for the Chipotle Shrimp into a bowl, mix, and set aside.
  • Start your rice based on the package directions if you choose to add rice as this usually takes about 20 minutes to cook. Also start your beans if you choose to add to the bowls, typically we cook our beans stovetop but you can also use a microwave. Follow can instructions to heat.
  • In a large frying pan over medium heat, add a tablespoon of butter to the pan. Let melt and add the peppers and onions. Add a pinch of salt and let these cook down, mixing every few minutes.
  • After about 5-7 minutes move the peppers and onions to the wall of the pan, add the other two tablespoons of butter and shrimp to the pan. Toss in the dry seasoning and chipotle in adobo to the pan. Mix well and cook for about 7 minutes or until the shrimp reach 125 degrees internally.
  • Remove everything from heat and begin to compose your Chipotle Shrimp Bowls. Start with the base as rice, add some beans, lettuce, avocado, peppers and onions, and the Chipotle Shrimp. Enjoy!

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