Tequila Shrimp Ceviche with Chile Dusted Tortilla Chips

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One of my goals in life is to build my entertaining culinary repertoire. You know, so that some day I can randomly invite 10 friends over and know the 5 things I’ll make that will be incredibly fool-proof and simple, but will also make my guests happy. These are the things I think about because I’m the kind of person who majorly freaks out whenever I entertain. It’s mostly because I’m a huge stress mess, but it’s also because I like to try to attempt brand new challenging recipes when I’m super short on time and also need to clean my entire apartment and somehow make myself look semi-presentable. Yes, it’s so fun being me (but even more fun being my husband!). So, in an effort to find foods that are ideal for entertaining, I made this delightful Tequila Shrimp Ceviche.

I actually got the idea for this dish when I had a very similar appetizer at The Oceanaire on Valentine’s Day. I quickly realized it’s one of those dishes that looks pretty impressive and tastes delicious, but is actually super simple to make. So, I went home and made my own version. And I was right. It takes no time at all. Oh, and tequila. We have to mention the tequila. Now do you want to make it?

Tequila Shrimp Ceviche:
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  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 C tequila
  • 1/2 C freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 C chopped red onion
  • 1 T minced serrano chile (from about 1/2 a chile)
  • 1/2 C diced cucumber
  • 1/2 C diced tomato
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 2 T chopped cilantro
  • Chile dusted tortilla chips, for serving (see below for recipe)

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Of course, by definition, ceviche is raw fish marinated in citrus. But in an effort to practice food safety, I decided to cook my shrimp a bit. Yes, this is coming from someone who eats raw eggs in ice cream and isn’t afraid of much. Something abut raw shrimp just isn’t as appealing to me as raw tuna. Especially since my shrimp came from the freezer section of my Market Basket. Though the lime juice WITH the tequila would probably kill off anything within a 5-foot radius :)

So, I brought a pot of water to a boil and cooked my shrimp for literally less than two minutes.

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When I drained them, I put them right in an ice bath to stop the cooking.

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Then I chopped them into bite-sized ceviche-like pieces.

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I love the color of lime juice. And my functional OXO measuring cup.

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In a large bowl, I combined the tequila, lime juice, chopped red onion, and chopped serrano chili.

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And then I stirred my shrimp in.

I popped the bowl in the fridge for an hour. Allegedly, you shouldn’t let it marinate for much more than an hour or it will actually be too cooked.

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After an hour, I stirred in the cucumber, tomato, avocado, and cilantro.

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I enjoy A LOT of avocado. But by all means, use however much you want.

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You can serve the tequila shrimp ceviche with whatever you want (or eat it with a spoon), but I highly recommend these chile dusted tortilla chips.

Chile dusted tortilla chips:
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  • 8-8″ corn tortillas
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Chile powder

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These are also super easy.

Lay a tortilla on a cutting board. Brush oil on top of it and then lay another tortilla on top of that. Continue until you have 8 tortillas layered on top of each other. Then cut tortillas into 8 triangles.

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Set triangles on a lightly oiled baking sheet (with oil-side facing up). Sprinkle with sea salt and chile powder.

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Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes, until nice and crispy to your liking.

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These chips are now all I want to eat ever. I don’t think I’ll buy chips from the store anymore as I’m pretty sure I’m just going to be making these again and again and again and snacking on them.

However, they’re most definitely even better when served with this ceviche.

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But even that was a bit of a battle because I kind of sort of wanted to eat the ceviche with a spoon. It was that good.

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Obviously I dipped about a million chips into it though. And then ate a million spoonfuls.

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This is definitely a dish for a crowd. Or a crowd of me, but you get what I’m saying. I think it’s perfect because it looks pretty impressive and tastes like a dream.

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But it’s so low-key and easy to make. Especially considering you can make the chips a day ahead and chop all the veggies the day ahead and keep them in the fridge. All you really have to do day of is boil the shrimp for a couple minutes and mix everything together. OK, maybe wait on the avocado, too.

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And since the shrimp is cooked a bit, you don’t have to worry about harming anyone at your party! Which is always an excellent thing.

In case you’re worried about the tequila, it’s definitely a downplayed taste, especially with all that lime juice. I would, however, recommend eating this with a side of tequila (in a shot glass) if you do so please. It would be the most excellent accompaniment.

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This chip will most definitely be in my dreams. Is that weird? To say a chip will be in your dreams? Well, maybe if it was a Dorito or something it would be weird. But I think a homemade tortilla chip dusted with chile powder and topped with shrimp, avocado, and more is actually OK to dream about.

Because how could you not??

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And now I know one thing I’ll be making the next time I have guests over. So far it’s only one, which may mean people could get a bit hungry the next time they come over. Perhaps two pounds of shrimp would do the trick? Just kidding. I’ll be exploring more make-head appetizer options in the next several months. And by the end of the year, I’ll have a plethora of recipes to make whenever guest show up. Of course, I’ll probably still be tempted to try to do one more absolutely ridiculous thing in the kitchen. One thing that will take me hours and loads of stress and won’t even come out that good. But at least they can be eating this, in the meantime!

What’s your favorite appetizer to serve when you have guests?

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23 Comments

  • I am very much interested in that Chile dusted tortilla chips! This looks perfect for “date night”

    February 25, 2013 6:23 am
  • I LOVE this! It really is perfect for a crowd! I’m the same way- I can feel comfortable trying 100 new recipes in my kitchen, but when we’re having guests over, I can’t seem to figure out 2 things to make!

    February 25, 2013 8:31 am
  • leslie said:

    OK..seriously. My mouth is watering for shrimp at 7:58 am! This sounds ABSOLUTELY amazing!!!

    February 25, 2013 8:56 am
  • Odetta said:

    I agree with Leslie, is it too early for shrimp? No? This looks phenomenal!

    February 25, 2013 9:39 am
  • mmm, looks so fancy! this is a great entertaining dish :)

    February 25, 2013 11:24 am
  • Shannon said:

    oh wow. i’m not in for the tequila, but the shrimp and avocado and chips! :)

    February 25, 2013 11:24 am
  • Nicole said:

    Yes to both a bunch of tried-and-trues for easy entertaining and yes to ceviche! I’ve always wanted to try making ceviche, but I’m a little scared to try it raw and I see you’ve solved that problem. If I lived in a spot where I can pick up fresh seafood from a fisherman at the docks, I’d proceed. Even though I get my meat and seafood at Whole Foods, I just don’t know how fresh the seafood is. Gets me every time.

    February 25, 2013 1:53 pm
  • Marie said:

    I can’t wait to try this!!!! I’ve been looking for a way to use up left over corn tortillas (also from market basket – small world) after trying an amazing enchilada recipe last week. We usually do “mexican-inspired” flavors once a week (Taco Tuesday). Guess I know what we will be having this week. Thanks

    February 25, 2013 1:59 pm
  • Um…I think we’re the same person based on the first sentence alone. I actually have a spreadsheet of themed menu ideas with my fave foolproof dishes. I’m a nerd. This ceviche looks sooo good!

    February 25, 2013 2:34 pm
  • Ashley said:

    Since good tortilla chips are one of my favorite foods, I probably dream about them too. If I’m stressed, it’s chips and/or cheese and/or chocolate to the face. And bit of tequila might not be a bad idea either…
    My favorite appetizers for guests fall into the “vehicle and dip” category, like baguette toasts with spiced goat cheese or ricotta-artichoke-spinach dip or goat cheese cooked in tomato sauce. Or chips and a different salsa (pineapple serrano from Bobby Flay). I think your idea of having a practiced repetoire is a great one!

    February 25, 2013 3:00 pm
  • Barbara said:

    Perfect first course, perfect snack. Love the tequila in there! :)

    February 25, 2013 3:14 pm
  • I, too, stress out when I’m entertaining – although I love to entertain! I’m always looking for easy and delicious appetizer ideas like this one. One appetizer I do make often, when I’m especially low on time, is homemade hummus – it’s really versatile, easy, and affordable to whip up!

    February 25, 2013 3:28 pm
  • Erica said:

    I’ll come over anytime if you’re having this ;) . Josh’s mom makes something sort of similar with crab=amazing!

    February 25, 2013 3:43 pm
  • Natalie said:

    Wow looks very tasty! I love shrimp!

    February 25, 2013 4:55 pm
  • Gia Grossman said:

    That last photo made me drool ;) Leave it to you to put tequila in shrimp. I seriously love it!

    February 25, 2013 7:36 pm
  • Reeni said:

    That looks so insanely delicious! I want them right now! I usually serve something like spaghetti and meatballs. I’d much rather have this! Puts me right to shame.

    February 25, 2013 10:45 pm
  • I love a good ceviche recipe. I haven’t had one since I was pregnant but I’m assuming its time to break it out and have some dip.

    February 25, 2013 11:19 pm
  • So pretty!!! I would love a good scoop on that for dinner :)

    February 26, 2013 7:58 am
  • Claudia said:

    This is one of my favorite appetizers! I will be doing this complete with the homemade tortilla chips. Love the wow factor – but you know – I’d do this just for me and husband. Better be careful – you may be becoming Martha.

    February 26, 2013 9:55 am
  • Fantastic! These sound delicious and they have great eye appeal. I’ll be trying this one very soon. My guys will adore it. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

    February 26, 2013 11:30 am
  • Pam said:

    Wow – it looks amazing!

    February 26, 2013 11:38 am
  • the perfect snack or appetizer! Perfect in all regards and I love the tequila marinade

    February 26, 2013 11:02 pm
  • Megan said:

    Definitely ok to dream about. :) Like you, I tend to like to try new recipes and have a million things going on when I’m entertaining, but I rely on a good cheese plate that’s out and ready when guests arrive, so I can direct them there and still be bustling in the kitchen.

    February 26, 2013 11:36 pm

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