RECIPE: Chorizo and Shrimp Quesadillas with Smoky Guacamole

debbie814February 27, 2007

We love this quick recipe. If you like guacamole, this is a great variation. We had it for dinner along with a salad, but you can also serve as appetizers.

Chorizo and Shrimp Quesadillas with Smoky Guacamole Recipe (courtesy Rachael Ray)

2 ripe Haas avocados

1 lime, juiced

A couple pinches salt

1/4 cup sour cream, 3 rounded tablespoonfuls

2 chipotle peppers in adobo, available in cans on specialty food aisle in Mexican section

1/2 pound chorizo sausage, sliced thin on an angle

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus some for drizzling

1 clove garlic, cracked away from skin and crushed

12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed, ask for easy-peels at fish counter

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 (12- inch) flour tortillas

1/2 pound, 2 cups, shredded pepper Jack cheese

Cut avocados all the way around with a sharp knife. Scoop out the pit, then spoon avocado flesh away from skin into a food processor. Add the juice of 1 lime, a couple of pinches salt, sour cream and chipotles in adobo. Pulse guacamole until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl.

Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Brown chorizo 2 to 3 minutes, then remove from pan. Add oil, garlic, then shrimp. Season shrimp with salt and pepper and cook shrimp until pink, 2 or 3 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a cutting board and coarsely chop.

Add a drizzle of oil to the pan and a large tortilla. Cook tortilla 30 seconds, then turn. Cover 1/2 of the tortilla with a couple of handfuls of cheese. Arrange a layer of chorizo and shrimp over the cheese and fold tortilla over. Press down gently with a spatula and cook tortilla a minute or so on each side to melt cheese and crisp. Remove quesadilla to large cutting board and repeat with remaining ingredients. Cut each quesadilla into 5 wedges and transfer to plates with your spatula. Top wedges of quesadillas with liberal amounts of smoky guacamole.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

User Rating: 5 stars

My notes: I used medium size shrimp since you end up chopping them anyways.

I made half the guacamole recipe, and it was more than plenty for the two of us. If making as appetizers, I would use the full recipe for the guacamole and put out some tortilla chips as well.

I didn't have canned chipotles in my pantry, so I used tabasco brand chipotle pepper sauce and some adobo seasoning. We loved the flavor.

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Not a quacamole lover (I've really tried to like it) but the rest sounds really good!

    Bookmark   February 28, 2007 at 5:00AM
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Hi Ginger

My DH doesn't care for guacamole, but he gave this thumbs up after he spread just a little bit on his quesadilla. He doesn't like anything creamy, won't drink milk or eat mayo either. :-)

    Bookmark   March 4, 2007 at 8:11AM
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