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Shrimp in Fiery Chipotle-Tequila Sauce - In a pan, ready to serve, with fresh limes
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Spicy Shrimp in Chipotle-Tequila Sauce - Recipe

This spicy shrimp recipe simmers succulent shrimp in a sauce made with spicy serrano peppers, chipotle, tequila and honey, so easy to make!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chipotle, serrano, shrimp
Servings: 4
Calories: 409kcal


  • 1-1/2 pounds shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 3 serrano peppers chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 7-ounce cans chipotle sauce
  • 1 stick butter use only half a stick for a less buttery sauce
  • 3 ounces white tequila
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • Fresh lime slices
  • White rice and crusty bread for serving


  • Heat the oil in a large pan to medium heat. Add the serrano peppers and cook a couple minutes to soften them up. Add in the garlic and give it a quick stir. Cook about a minute, or until you can smell the fragrant garlic.
  • Add the butter and swirl it until it melts, then stir in the chipotle sauce, tequila and honey. Reduce the heat and let it simmer about 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld a bit.
  • Add the shrimp and stir it up to ensure all the shrimp are covered with the sauce. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the shrimp are cooked through yet still firm.
  • Serve in bowls over white rice. Squeeze a bit of lime juice over each for a fresh pop of citrus. Don’t forget the crusty bread.



HOT TIP: Instead of rice, try serving the shrimp on tortillas with avocado slices and fresh roasted chilies.
TWEAK THE HEAT: If you’d like to tame the heat, halve the amount of serrano peppers or substitute them with jalapeno peppers. For a bit more heat, add in your favorite hot peppers, such as habanero or even ghost pepper for a truly fired up recipe.


Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 203mg | Sodium: 652mg | Potassium: 82mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 750IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1.4mg