I used to visit my friend Teresa in Brownsville, TX. We would cross the border to this open air vendor/food stand to eat this. The cook did not or could not hide her ingredients, so we know what was put in this dish. You can serve this with rice, beans, or make it into wraps. The ingredients are very forgiving, so feel free to increase or decrease the amount stated.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic; cook and stir for about 30 seconds. Add shrimp; cook until they start to turn pink, about 3 minutes. Pour in the tequila and lime juice and season with salt and chili powder. Simmer until the liquid has evaporated, about 3 more minutes. Pour shrimps on a plate and garnish with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

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Nutrition Facts

278.6 calories; 28.3 g protein; 3.7 g carbohydrates; 289.8 mg cholesterol; 674.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2010
This Tequila Shrimp was very yummy!! I have been making it for about 6 months now and have made just a few changes. I melt the butter at the lowest heat setting then once melted I sift about 1/2tsp to 1tsp cornstarch to the butter and stir untill most of the cornstarch is blended with the butter (to make a rue). Another thing I have done is added 1/4 tsp Cheyenne pepper to the mixture along with the salt and chili pepper.those were the only changes I made to it and its GREAT!! My Hubby is a picky eater and he gave me the 2 thumbs up and even asks me to make it for dinner. I have also let my God son try it and he LOVES it and always asks for 2nd's (which is rare!!). I hope my comment helps anyone out there wanting to try it or who has already tried it but wanted to try something a little different. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/01/2009
pretty good. The type of tequila that's used probably determines the taste. Do not waste your time or on the cilantro because you don't actually eat it. I thought it went into the dish and it was just a garnish I don't need garnish at my house because the meal speaks for itself. The lime could have been eliminated as well. My boyfriend rated it at a 4 then i told him to have some lime with it he did then he then rated it a 3. I did however make the cilantro lime rice to serve the shrimp on from this website. I made the 2nd recipe that comes up in the search results--bad idea if you do not like cilantro. Read More
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92 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 53
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2010
This Tequila Shrimp was very yummy!! I have been making it for about 6 months now and have made just a few changes. I melt the butter at the lowest heat setting then once melted I sift about 1/2tsp to 1tsp cornstarch to the butter and stir untill most of the cornstarch is blended with the butter (to make a rue). Another thing I have done is added 1/4 tsp Cheyenne pepper to the mixture along with the salt and chili pepper.those were the only changes I made to it and its GREAT!! My Hubby is a picky eater and he gave me the 2 thumbs up and even asks me to make it for dinner. I have also let my God son try it and he LOVES it and always asks for 2nd's (which is rare!!). I hope my comment helps anyone out there wanting to try it or who has already tried it but wanted to try something a little different. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2010
This Tequila Shrimp was very yummy!! I have been making it for about 6 months now and have made just a few changes. I melt the butter at the lowest heat setting then once melted I sift about 1/2tsp to 1tsp cornstarch to the butter and stir untill most of the cornstarch is blended with the butter (to make a rue). Another thing I have done is added 1/4 tsp Cheyenne pepper to the mixture along with the salt and chili pepper.those were the only changes I made to it and its GREAT!! My Hubby is a picky eater and he gave me the 2 thumbs up and even asks me to make it for dinner. I have also let my God son try it and he LOVES it and always asks for 2nd's (which is rare!!). I hope my comment helps anyone out there wanting to try it or who has already tried it but wanted to try something a little different. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/03/2008
Fabulous flavor! The only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 because the sauce did not evaporate & could have been a little thicker. Next time I will add a little cornstarch to it. The was perfectly complemented with Panamanian rice & beans and leftovers served as a delicious shrimp omlet the following morning. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2008
This recipe was excellent! I served it on top of rotini pasta and it was wonderful... had a little kick. We'll make this again and again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2008
WOWZA!! This was an AWESOME Tex/Mex Tequila Shrimp recipe...and SUPER easy!! I cut down a bit on the garlic but other than that followed as directed. And we loved this!! Served it over a brown and white rice mix and it was TO DIE FOR!! No leftovers!! This is a KEEPER!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2008
I thought this recipe was awesome! i changed it up a bit i made one chicken and one shrimp then adding black beans and spanish rice at the end served over chips or in a tortilla and added a bit more cilantro it was quick and easy and has alot of awesome flavor thanks Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/21/2011
Delicious!!! I served with spaghetti pasta. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
Excellent shrimp dish!! Didn't have cilantro and replaced chili power with red pepper flakes but still came out awesome. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/15/2010
This was just GREAT. Granted I almost doubled the garlic and lime juice and added a little salt and cumin I pretty much stuck to the recipe. I served it with brown rice black beans with salsa and lime tortilla chips. Awesome recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/04/2009
I would give this 6 stars if I could. My sauce and shrimp was a bit more "orange-ish" in color - the chili powder. I never knew so few ingredients wound taste to unbelievable. I skipped the cilantro. Served with rice and fresh tomatos and avocado. So far this was best result I've had from any recipe I've ever tried from this website and I've had some good results. Restaurant quality for sure. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/01/2009
pretty good. The type of tequila that's used probably determines the taste. Do not waste your time or on the cilantro because you don't actually eat it. I thought it went into the dish and it was just a garnish I don't need garnish at my house because the meal speaks for itself. The lime could have been eliminated as well. My boyfriend rated it at a 4 then i told him to have some lime with it he did then he then rated it a 3. I did however make the cilantro lime rice to serve the shrimp on from this website. I made the 2nd recipe that comes up in the search results--bad idea if you do not like cilantro. Read More
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