Skip to main content New<> this month
Get the Allrecipes magazine

Tortas de Camaron

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"This is another recipe from my mother-in-law. She likes to serve this during Lent. It is shrimp patties fried and smothered in sauce and nopales. You may serve this with rice and tortillas (also some like to top it with cilantro), or I just eat it like a soup!"
Added to shopping list. Go to shopping list.


1 h servings 145
Original recipe yields 6 servings


{{model.addEditText}} Print
  1. Soak ancho chilies in a bowl of warm water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.
  2. Whisk eggs and shrimp powder together in a bowl.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; pour egg mixture into small 2-inch circles in the hot oil. Fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining egg mixture.
  4. Blend ancho chilies, onion, garlic, and water in a blender until smooth. Add more water if needed to make a soup consistency. Pour chile mixture into a pot over medium heat; add chicken bouillon and egg patties. Cook and stir until bouillon is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Add nopales, reduce heat to low, and cook until soup is heated through, about 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.


  • Editor's Notes:
  • Ground dried shrimp (Camaron Molido) can be found in the Mexican spice aisle in some supermarkets, as well as specialty markets and online.
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 145 calories; 9.4 7.5 9.3 193 387 Full nutrition

Explore more


Read all reviews 4
Most helpful
Most positive
Least positive

This is a very good start!! I second using fresh nopales. We don't use water to boil our nopales. We just stick them in a cast iron pot (chopped up) and bury garlic cloves and onion pieces in th...

Just a quick tip, after stem and seeds are removed from ancho chiles place them into a bowl of hot water, cover and let set until chiles are soft. About 5 minutes. Then add them to the blender...

I also make this for my husband who is from Mexico. Instead of using the jared nopales, use fresh. Its a lil more time consuming but the flavor is 1000% better. Most Hispanic stores carry these ...

I love ur recipe but I make mine with a few differences. Instead of using just the Cameron molido I also use Cameron secos. I heat them up then I blend them to powder form and combine this with...