I wasn’t sure what to call this post: tacos or fajitas. So, I googled and asked the great, vast Internet, “what is the difference between a taco and a fajita?” And I am sorry to say, after about 15 minutes of reading, I still don’t know. Some say that a taco has ground meat. But what about fish tacos? Are they not really tacos? Some say it depends on the way it is rolled, or whether it has a crispy shell, or whether or not the vegetables are cooked or raw. If anyone would like to weigh in on this in the comments, please feel free, because I am still confused.
So, anyway I am calling this shrimp tacos, but I think they maybe are more fajitas, oh my gosh…I just don’t know. They are shrimp and veggies grilled in a grill pan and eaten in a warm soft taco, call it what you want.
Shrimp Tacos (but maybe fajitas)
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 onion sliced
1 tablespoon chile powder
Juice from one lime
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
sour cream (for garnish)
salt and pepper to taste
Heat grill pan over medium high heat and saute until grill marks appear and pepper is crisp tender, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove and do the same with sliced onions, and remove to bowl. Drizzle shrimp with olive oil and toss with chile powder, salt and pepper and garlic. Saute shrimp until pink about 2 minutes per side. Place shrimp in bowl with vegetables and toss with lime juice.
Warm tortillas following instructions on package, divide shrimp and vegetables among the tortillas, top with fresh cilantro and sour cream.
This was pretty good and very easy to put together from things I had in the fridge and in the freezer. One thing I have to mention is that if you are using a grill pan, a lot of the minced garlic falls down into the ridges and even though you are turning the shrimp, the garlic just stays down in the ridges and gets too brown. So, if you are using a grill pan, you might want to just toss the garlic into the bowl right at the end and let the residual heat of the shrimp sort of cook it a little. Also, my grill pan is pretty small, so I had to do it in phases, more like a stir fry.