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    Baja Shrimp Tacos

    This is such a great recipe and an easy go to if you cheat and just used store bought frozen breaded shrimp. For anyone who does this an 8 ounce package makes about 6 tacos. I made the mayo sauce using light mayo since that's what we use here and I added in a little bit of chalula sauce to kick it up a bit, yum! Also I made the avocado sauce and added in some garlic, cayenne,oregano, salt and pepper since i wasnt seasoning my own shrimp that way. The sauces turned out so good this way, we will be making them again for sure! Served it on steamed corn tortillas with cabbage. I will try making this using the batter recipe also one of these days but having a baby at home makes these extra tasks more difficult, until then making it this way for now.

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    2 lbs best-quarity large shrimp, peeled and deveined
    1/2 lime

    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup rice flour (available at Latin or Asian Markets)
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    3/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
    3/4 teaspoon cayenne
    1/2 teaspoon dried whole Mexican oregano, rubbed to a powder
    1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
    1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
    1 (12 ounce) bottle cold beer, plus more
    beer, to thin the batter if necessary
    to fry
    vegetable oil

    Avocado Sauce
    1/4 ripe avocado, peeled
    1 pinch kosher salt
    3 drops of freshly squeezed lime juice
    1 -2 tablespoon water or 1 -2 tablespoon milk
    2 fresh fresh cilantro stems, stemmed and chopped (optional)

    Mayonesa Secret Sauce
    1/2 cup mayonnaise or 1/2 cup lime mayonnaise
    2 teaspoons white vinegar
    1 1/2 tablespoons water or 1 1/2 tablespoons milk

    to serve
    fresh corn tortilla, warmed
    salsa, de chiles de arbol or bottled hot sauce
    shredded iceberg lettuce or green cabbage
    pico de gallo
    diced red onion, mixed with chopped
    fresh cilantro (optional)
    lime wedge

    Cut each shrimp into two or three pieces, Spritz a little lime over the shrimp to moisten- don't overdo it - and refrigerate.

    Make the batter: Combine the flour and seasonings in a bowl and mix thoroughly with a whisk. Add the beer all at once, whishk until smooth, and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.

    Pour the oil into a deep, wide pan to a depth of 2 inches and heat over medium-high heat to 365 degrees.

    Check the batter; it should be a thick coating consistency. If it seems too thick, add beer, water, or milk, 1 teaspoons at a time, until the right consistency is achieved. It's better to be slightly too thick than too thin!

    Pat the shrimp dry and add to the batter. Fish out a ew pieces at a time and fry until golden brown. Drain the shrimp on paper towels.

    To prepare hold a tortilla in your hand and add a spoonful of avocado sauce (directions for sauce are in the following step). Add the shrimp, a squeeze of secret sauce (recipe follows), and a healthy shot of hot salsa. Top with lettuce, pico de gallo, and onion and cilantro. Squeeze lime over the whole thing.

    Avocado Sauce: Place the avocado, salt, and lime juice ina blender or small food processor. Add 1 tablespoon water and pulse. Add more liquid as necessary to make a sauce the consistency of thick cream. Add the cilantro and pulse again just to blend. Taste for seasoning

    Mayonesa Secret Sauce: Place the mayonnaise in a bowl and use a fork to slowly stir in vinegar to taste. Add water to loosen to the consistency of thick cream.
    Last edited by bullmama; 01-22-2014 at 10:15 PM.

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    Re: Baja Shrimp Tacos

    That sounds GREAT! Looks wonderful, too!

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    Re: Baja Shrimp Tacos

    Wow! that looks like something I'd find in a seafood Mexican restaurant! great pic!! I love the sauces...the mayo one and the avocado...i think i could just eat those w/a spoon and i'd be a happy camper. Great recipe!!

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