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This is how I was first introduced to Camarones a la Diabla.
Many years ago, I worked at a company that serviced a large Mexican population. All of the Spanish-speakers loved talking to me… Hola! I’m Mexican too!
One day, one of our amigos brought us some Camarones a la Diabla. It was so spicy. We’re talking 10 plus“call-the-fire-department” heat level but incredibly delicious!
Other Names for Camarones a la Diabla:
- Mexican Shrimp Diablo
- Camaron a la Diabla
- Camarones ala Diabla
- Camaron ala Diabla
How to Make Camarones a la Diabla
The most important part of making Camarones a la Diabla, or Mexican Deviled Shrimp: check your shrimp!
- Ask your seafood counter friends at the grocery store when the shrimp came in.
- If they are thawing out, ask them how long they have been out. Then when you get home, use them right away like THAT night.
Food poisoning can happen very easily… UGH!
Fresh shrimp can last up to 2 days in the fridge.
Next up, remove the tails and digestive tract.
There are many places that sell shrimp already deveined. It’s worth every penny!
How to Properly Thaw Shrimp:
Overnight in the fridge is the best way to thaw shrimp.
- Another way is to take the shrimp out of the package and wrapping.
- Place them in a bowl with cold water.
- Leave the shrimp in the water for 15 minutes.
Some people will place the shrimp in boil water for 1 minute. This will cook them slightly. Know that this will take away from the flavor.
To make the sauce, you need some guajillo peppers and chile de árbol. These are the same chiles we use to make Camarones al Ajillo.
Pro Tip: These are dried chiles, and they can be dirty. Don’t rinse them under the water faucet, or they will lose some of their flavor.
Instead, wipe the dried chiles with a damp paper towel.
This is also the same reason why you should not cook with the water used to reconstitute the chiles.
This little, itty bitty chile is called chile de árbol. It is small but potent.
How to Handle Dried Chiles:
• Whatever you do, DO NOT touch your eyes!
If you are not used to working with chiles, it can irritate your hands. To avoid this, use gloves.
No gloves? No problem. Carefully use plastic wrap, or place your hand inside a plastic sandwich bag to handle the chiles.
How to Store Dried Chiles:
Dried chiles are prone to insects. Eek!
• Keep them fresh and insect free by storing them in an airtight container in your cupboard.
• They can last up to a year, but it is better if you use them within three to six months.
• It is best to keep them in the freezer.
If you do not have room in the freezer, use up the dried chiles as soon as possible.
The color of the sauce is very bright red.
Some people will strain the sauce for Camarones a la Diabla. Bits the chiles sometimes don’t blend completely.
I am not into straining. It has nothing to do with taste or texture. I just don’t want another dish to wash. lol.
If I am feeling energetic, though, I’ll strain the sauce. To each their own.
Word to the Wise: Taste the sauce before you add it to the shrimp. If it’s too hot, add an extra tomato. Some people will even add ketchup for sweetness.
SHRIMP SIZES PER POUND:
Extra Jumbo 16/20 count
Jumbo 21/25 count
Extra Large 26/30 count
Large 31/35 count
Medium Large 36/40 count
Medium 41/50 count
Small 51/60 count
Extra Small 61/70 count
To make this recipe, I suggest the bigger, the better. I used large shrimp.
How long will the Camarones a la Diabla Last?
• Cooked shrimp will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
I do not recommend freezing this dish. It will lose some of its deliciousness. Although, it can be done in a pinch.
To reheat Camarones a la Diabla:
• On the stove, place in a skillet for 5 minutes on medium heat, or until hot.
• In the microwave: Place in a microwave-safe container, and heat for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes.
Camarones a la Diabla, or Mexican Deviled Shrimp, is such a great dish! Big, succulent shrimp. YUM! I could seriously eat this every day. Hope you enjoy!
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Camarones a la Diabla, or Mexican Deviled Shrimp
- Seed and devein the guajillo chiles and chile de arbol.
- In a stock pot, add the chiles.
- Add enough water to cover the chiles, about 2 cups.
- Bring to a boil. Turn heat off and let the chiles sit in the hot water for 5 minutes or until the chiles are soft.
- Discard water.
- To the blender, add reconstituted chiles, tomatoes, chipotle pepper, ¼ onion, garlic, and salt.
- Blend until smooth, strain the sauce, and set aside.
- Peel the shrimp.
- Add salt and pepper to the shrimp.
- In a large pan, heat olive oil.
- Add the remaining onion. Stirring constantly for 1 minute.
- Add the shrimp. Stir constantly and cook for 2 minutes.
- Do not overcook the shrimp, or they will be rubbery.
- Make sure the heat is on low and add the tomato chile sauce.
- Stir and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Taste for salt.
- Serve with white rice and lime wedge.
More Mexican Shrimp Recipes
Shrimp Ceviche, Ceviche de Camarón piled high on a tostada. Topped off with hot sauce. Yes please! This is one of the Mexican recipes that’s worth making all year long.
Aguachiles, or Shrimp in Spicy Green Chile Sauce, is a light and full of flavor Mexican dish. Perfect for a summer meal or tasty appetizer. Serve with crackers and lime.
Fresh, juicy shrimp covered in a garlicky-butter sauce…. YUM! Camarones al Mojo de Ajo is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Serve with crackers and rice, and enjoy!