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Camarones a la Diabla features a spicy, TASTY red sauce that’ll make you want to clean you plate clean!
What is Diabla sauce?
Diabla sauce is made with rehydrated guajillo and chile de arbol chiles. Then blend the chiles with garlic, onion, and other ingredients to create the sauce.
It is so incredibly delicious and ready in minutes.
How to Rehydrate Dried Chiles
- Place the dried chiles in a stock pot.
- Cover with water
- Bring to a boil.
- Let sit for 5 minutes, or until pliable.
Here, we are using a combination of guajillo chiles and chile de arbol chiles.
Dried chiles can be dusty and are a great place for bugs to hide. Discard the water that was used in the rehydration process.
Best to use fresh water in the next step.
How to Make the Diabla Sauce
- Add all the sauce ingredients to the blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Strain the sauce and set aside until ready to use.
This sauce packs a punch, but it’s devilishly delicious.
How to Adjust the Heat
If the sauce is too spicy, add another tomato.
Many people will use 2 tbsp ketchup to tame the heat. Ketchup will also thicken the sauce.
Other Names for Camarones a la Diabla:
- Mexican Shrimp Diablo
- Mexican Deviled Shrimp
- Camaron a la Diabla
- Camarones ala Diabla
- Camaron ala Diabla
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
- Add the onion and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes.
How to Properly Thaw Shrimp:
Overnight in the fridge is the best way to thaw shrimp. Fresh shrimp can last up to 2 days in the fridge.
Buy shrimp that is already deveined. It’ll make cooking this dish easier.
- Add the tomato chile sauce to the skillet.
Another Pro Tip:
Make the sauce ahead of time. It will last in the freezer in an airtight, sealable bag for up to 6 months.
Or, place in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Cook until the shrimp turn pink.
Be very careful not to overcook the shrimp, or they will become rubbery. To make this recipe, I used LARGE shrimp.
Jumbo size shrimp will require more time to cook.
• On the stove, place in a skillet for 5 minutes on medium heat, or until hot.
• In the microwave is not recommended because the shrimp will become rubbery.
More Mexican Shrimp Recipes:
Camarones en Crema Chipotle
Coctel de Camarones
Caldo de Camarón
Camarones a la Diabla, or Mexican Deviled Shrimp, is devilishly good! Big, succulent shrimp in a spicy and flavorful sauce. Yum!
Serve with Mexican white rice and enjoy.
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Camarones a la Diabla, or Mexican Deviled Shrimp
- 1 lb large shrimp
- 4 guajillo chiles
- 3 chile de arbol
- 2 cups water
- 3 tomatoes halved
- 1/2 chipotle pepper
- ½ onion diced (divided)
- 1 garlic clove finely diced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tbsp Salt
- 1/2 tspn Pepper
- 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.
Oh my , my husband would love this so much! All the beautiful flavors together, must try!
I went on the internet to make sopa de conchas for lunch yesterday and seen a video pop up showing how to make camarones a la diabla but i didn’t have the dried chiles so i keep looking at more recipes and found the mojo de ajo and made that for dinner last night my 5 year old and hubby LOVED them so today we got the dried chiles so ill be making this today. ((so excited to try))
You’re making allll my favorites. I could eat Camarones al Mojo de Ajo EVERY DAY. Lucky family!
I love shrimp and spicy food but not tried Camarones ala Diabla yet. Would love to try making this for myself.
Oh my this looks absolutely scrumptious! I definitely need to try this.
This sounds like a yummy meal idea. I enjoy shrimp but I don’t like my food to be very spicy. Thanks for sharing your tips for using fresh shrimp.
This was SO good! I did take your tip and added a little extra ketchup to make it not as spicy, but I’m a wimp haha. Loved the flavor!
So glad you enjoyed this Heather!
I love spicy food and I have been looking for new recipes to use my chile de árbol and this is perfect!
Then this is the perfect recipe! Hope you try it
I was looking for a different pasta recipe, but when I found this in my google search I thought it would taste great over linguini. I was so right. Perfectly spiced, not too overwhelming, and full of flavor.
Glad you enjoyed this Marta! Love this recipe too
That chile de arbol! So much flavor, and such an easy recipe. Thank you so much for sharing! Exactly what I was looking for 🙂
So glad you enjoyed this!
There are few things better than making sauces at home, and this one looks delish. Thanks for the tips on how to work with the dried chiles and how to adjust the heat level of the sauce.
Hope you try it! It’s really yummy
Flavorful and under 30 minutes? This is perfection! Also love that this is a meal that we can make together!
Right? So easy and delicious
The spicy flavor was amazing! I paired this up with pasta and it was out of this world. I am going to make this again!
Happy to see you liked it!
I love spicy food and I love seafood so this recipe is calling my name. I’ve never used rehydrated chilis before. I’m looking forward to trying them!
Hope you try this recipe. It’s delicious!
What a lovely recipe. So easy to make and yet so delicious. I will save this on my menu for next week to give it a try. Can’t wait.
So glad you enjoyed this Natalie!
We love Mexican flavors plus shrimp is all time favorite. Cant wait to try this delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing.
This recipe It’s amazing. Hope you try it!
This dish looks super yummy- I really appreciate the inclusion of the video as well. Thanks!
Thank you very much! Hope you try it!