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Shrimp tacos with pumpkin seed sauce

Shrimp tacos with pumpkin seed sauce
Los Angeles Times

It's hard to pin down what's great about a great taco. Is it the succulent, smoky carne asada? The tender, charred hand-made tortilla? The sweet, ripe, spicy brightness of pico de gallo? More likely it's the way all those things ... Read more

Total time: About 50 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 serrano chile, seeded and inner ribs removed
  • 1 jalapeno chile, seeded and inner ribs removed
  • 1/4 large jicama, peeled
  • 1 pound medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 small corn tortillas
  • Lime wedges

Step 1Finely chop about a third of the cilantro to yield 2 tablespoons, setting aside the rest. In a small bowl, mix the chopped cilantro with the sour cream and set aside.

Step 2In a medium saute pan over medium heat, toast the pumpkin seeds until they pop and turn slightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes; do not let them brown. Set aside briefly to allow to cool.

Step 3In a food processor or blender, place the pumpkin seeds, olive oil, garlic, salt, chiles, remaining cilantro and one-half cup of water. Blend to a smooth paste.

Step 4Return the mixture to the saute pan, add one-half cup of water and cook over low heat for about 20 minutes to develop the flavors. Stir frequently to make sure the sauce doesn't burn and add more water if the sauce thickens too much or too quickly. Meanwhile, shred the jicama using a box grater. Refrigerate until needed.

Step 5Increase the heat to medium-high and add the shrimp. Cover and cook until the shrimp are pink, about 5 minutes, stirring and turning the shrimp occasionally for even cooking.

Step 6Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat and warm the tortillas. Arrange two tortillas per plate, slightly overlapping. Divide the shrimp among the tortillas, add shredded jicama and a spoonful of cilantro sour cream. Serve immediately, with lime wedges.

Note: If you would like a spicier pumpkin seed sauce, double the amount of chiles.


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