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Not Your Regular Nachos: Spicy Shrimp Nachos

If you're looking for a lighter variation on the classic nacho recipe, I highly recommend these spicy shrimp nachos. They may not be super Fit friendly, but they are less heavy than the meat-laden, overly cheesy nachos I normally make.
The shrimp is tossed with a sweet-hot blend of sugar and spices before being grilled. A fresh, colorful salsa that combines mango, jalapeño, and red pepper tops the shrimp and chips. A generous sprinkling of pepper jack cheese finishes off this scrumptious dish. To take a look at the recipe,


Spicy Shrimp Nachos

Spicy Shrimp Nachos

Spicy Shrimp Nachos


1 cup mango, seeded, peeled, and chopped
1 medium red sweet pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp. finely chopped red onion
1 fresh jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped*
2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp. Jamaican jerk seasoning
1 lb. peeled, deveined uncooked shrimp
Nonstick cooking spray
8 cups tortilla chips (8 oz.)
4 oz. Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. For salsa, in a bowl stir together mango, sweet pepper, onion, and chile pepper; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl stir together brown sugar and jerk seasoning. Add shrimp and toss to coat.
  4. Coat a grill pan or large skillet with cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat. Add half the shrimp at a time to the pan. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes each side or until shrimp are opaque. Remove and set aside. If desired, coarsely chop shrimp.
  5. Spread tortilla chips on a broiler-safe platter or baking sheet. Top with shrimp and salsa. Sprinkle with cheese.
  6. Broil 4 inches from heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

Makes 8 servings.

Look at the vibrant color of the salsa ingredients!

I love McCormick's spices

The spice blend.

The shrimp.

I let the shrimp sit in the spice blend for about 20 minutes.

The mango was wonderfully ripe.

My recipes always get super dirty!

What a gorgeous salsa!

Mix well and set aside for the flavors to meld.

The cooked shrimp were lusciously plump and seductively succulent.

Building the nachos.

Make a couple of layers.

Top generous with cheese.


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SpoiledRTC SpoiledRTC 8 years
This recipe was quick to prepare, easy to cook, and boy was it delicious!
HappyKate HappyKate 8 years
I think I might make this for my Boyfriends B-day! He LOVES food like this!
devils devils 8 years
That looks SOOOOOO good!!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
I dunno... I've never had much success pairing shrimp and cheese.
gigill gigill 8 years
I could really use a twist on my classic nachos. I think I'll give this recipe a whirl. Thanks!
emalove emalove 8 years
They look pretty yum...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
pixigirl31 pixigirl31 8 years
party you are so tiny how do you eat all this delish food!!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
That shrimp looks fantastic. I like the idea of mixing mango and jalapenos.
totonlaura totonlaura 8 years
Wow this looks amazing I will definitely have to try!!!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
Shrimp and spicy? Sounds amazing!
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
I am going to try this, this weekend!
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