Camarones Rancheros, or Ranch-Style Shrimp, is an easy Mexican recipe loaded with flavor. Watch the VIDEO or follow the step-by-step pictures below to recreate this savory and tasty dish.
Camarones Rancheros translated means “Ranch-Style Shrimp.” This dish is also called “Camarones a la Mexicana, or Mexican-Style Shrimp.” We have a lot of name for things in Mexico, or we make up a name … lol. Everyone has a nickname!
You start with butter in a skillet. Oil can be used instead of the butter, or a combo of the too. In my humble opinion, everything is bettah with buttah. That’s why I’m using it!
Diced onion is added. Cook this down for a few minutes. When the onion is opaque, go to the next step. Stay close by because this will go quickly. As fast as an ice cube in the desert sun!
No one likes a dish that’s too spicy and inedible. Try adding only half the jalapeño. Continue with the rest of the steps. If you want more spice, then add the rest of the jalapeño. I’m a firm believer in taste as you go.
Tomatoes. Do you see why they sometimes refer to this dish as “Camarones a la Mexicana.” It includes the colors of the Mexican flag – green, white, and red. My preferred name is still “Camarones Rancheros.”
Only one whole clove of garlic is used. Finely minced so no one gets huge chunks of garlic. Garlic powder can also be used here, but to me, fresh is best.
Chicken bouillon is an item in Mexico that is very commonly used. I had a chef once refer to chicken bouillon as “yellow salt.” If you are unfamiliar with it, you can also use regular salt as well.
Pepper. Grind up some pepper and add it to the skillet. Give everything a stir. You should see something that resembles a thick, chunky salsa. Just on its own, this salsa is really, really good!
Time for the shrimp. Don’t they look amazing! My Camarones Rancheros already smell amazing. From here, it’s just a matter of minutes until the the shrimp turn pink. PS: I’m using 2 lbs raw shrimp.
Clean up after your dog or cat, not your shrimp. No one likes to be on shrimp poop patrol. Save your time and energy and buy already deveined shrimp. Sure the package costs an extra $1 or $2, but it’s totally worth it.
At the very last minute, add the chopped cilantro. You can also use parsley if you’re one of those cilantro, soap-tasting haters. Or omit altogether. Give everything a good stir, and the Camarones Rancheros are ready!!
Camarones Rancheros, or Ranch-Style Shrimp, makes for an easy and delicious dinner. Serve with rice and a dozen tortillas. It’s a mouthwatering dish come true that comes together in a flash. Hope you enjoy!
Don’t forget to watch the Camarones Rancheros Video
- 1 pat of butter
- 1 tablespoon oil
- ¼ onion, diced
- 1 jalapeño, finely diced
- 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 garlic clove, diced
- 1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon (or salt)
- ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
- 2 lbs Medium-sized, raw shrimp, deveined and peeled
- ½ bunch of cilantro, chopped
In a skillet, add butter.
Add the onion, and stir.
Cook for 1 minute, or until onion is translucent.
Add the jalapeño.
Cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
Add the tomatoes, garlic, chicken bouillon, ground pepper.
Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
This will create a thick salsa.
Add the shrimp.
Stir everything together.
Cook for 5 minutes, or until shrimp is no longer pink.
Add the cilantro in the last minute.
Serve with rice.
Instead of jalapeño, you can also use diced roasted poblano.
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