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Quesadillas are a quick and easy dinner idea that are perfect for a busy night.  This shrimp quesadilla recipe is a delicious twist on a Mexican classic.  Filled with melted cheese and shrimp and topped with sour and guacamole, these quesadillas will make your taste buds smile.

stack of cheesy shrimp quesadillas on a white plate with sour cream and avocado on top and a side of rice
Calling all shrimp lovers!!! This recipe is for you! We’ve made these Shrimp Quesadillas twice now and my entire family LOVES them so much, I just added them to our regular meal rotation. They taste delicious and are pretty simple to throw together. I’m not even a huge shrimp fan, but I’ll eat these any day! Give them a try and tell me what you think…

How To Make Shrimp Quesadillas

The Tortilla – This recipe is super easy to make especially if you buy flour tortillas from your local grocery store.  If you want to really want to thank your taste buds, you should trying making your own tortillas using my favorite homemade flour tortilla recipe.  If you want something in between, Costco also sells ready-to-go raw tortillas that just need to be heated and they’re fantastic!

Season The Shrimp – Add the chipotle chili and lime juice to a mixing bowl and then toss the shrimp in it until they’re even coated.

Cook It – Heat the olive oil in a skillet and then cook the onions and bell peppers until they’re nice and tender.  This will take about 10 minutes to do.  Next, add the shrimp to the skillet and then cook them for about 3 additional minutes.

Compile The Quesadillas – Throw the cheese, shrimp, vegetables and any other ingredients you want onto a tortilla.  Be sure to butter the outside of each tortilla to give them a beautiful brown color when they’re done cooking.

Heat Them Up – Cook the shrimp quesadillas for about 2 minutes and then flip them and cook for an additional minute or two until the cheese is nice and melted.

What Toppings Go On Shrimp Quesadillas

Once you’ve made this delicious recipe, you’ll need to add your favorite topping.  While store bought toppings are good, here are a few of our favorite recipes to try with your shrimp quesadillas that take only a few minutes to prepare and are absolutely amazing!

More Delicious Quesadilla Recipes

What I love about quesadillas, is that you can make them using so many different ingredients and they all taste fabulous.  If you need more quesadilla inspiration, here are a few more quesadilla recipe variations to try.

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Easy Shrimp Quesadilla Recipe

Quesadillas are a quick and easy dinner idea that are perfect for a busy night.  This shrimp quesadilla recipe is a delicious twist on a Mexican classic.  Filled with melted cheese and shrimp and topped with sour and guacamole, these quesadillas will make your taste buds smile.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword seafood
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 Quesadillas
Calories 579 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb shrimp shelled and deveined and defrosted if you buy them frozen
  • 1/4  teaspoon chipotle chile ground
  • 5 tbs lime juice
  • tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 8 flour tortillas Soft-taco-size
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese Shredded

Instructions

  1. In small bowl, toss shrimp, chipotle chile and lime juice then set aside.
  2. In a nonstick skillet, heat oil, then add pepper and onion. Cook for 10 minutes or until tender.
  3. Add shrimp and cook 3 minutes.
  4. Transfer shrimp mixture to bowl and cover to keep warm.
  5. Butter one side of each tortilla and place buttered side down on skillet or griddle. Add shrimp mixture, cheese, and cilantro, then add a second tortilla, butter side up.
  6. Cook quesadilla about 2 minutes or until lightly toasted, then flip and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer or until cheese melts.
  7. Cut quesadillas into wedges and serve with sour cream and guacamole!
Nutrition Facts
Easy Shrimp Quesadilla Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 quesadilla)
Calories 579 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 345mg115%
Sodium 1647mg72%
Potassium 363mg10%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 1498IU30%
Vitamin C 50mg61%
Calcium 644mg64%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

plate of shrimp quesadillas topped with guacamole sour cream and cilantro with a side of rice

This recipe originally published on Somewhat Simple in November 2009

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