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Recipe courtesy of Alejandra Ramos

Camarones Enchilados (Puerto Rican-Style Creole Shrimp)

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Camarones enchilados translates roughly to ''deviled shrimp'' and should definitely not be confused with Mexican enchiladas, which are totally different! This is one of the very few Puerto Rican dishes with any heat. It's that heat that made this dish special for my mom and me, because unlike my dad (and most Puerto Ricans!) we both really love spice. So this is a meal my mom usually made just for the two of us to enjoy on the days when my dad was away.



  1. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, paprika, cumin, red pepper flakes and a generous pinch of salt and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Add the wine, tomatoes, capers and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in the shrimp and cook until opaque, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the lime juice and cilantro and remove the bay leaves. Serve with the rice and more lime juice and cilantro.