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Tacos Gobernador

Tacos Gobernador consist of shrimp tacos with cheese smushing out of the tortillas until crispy. The end result is something foodie dreams are made of.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 tacos
Calories: 253kcal


  • 1 lb medium shrimp shells removed, deveined, rough chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 roasted poblano pepper skin and seeds removed, rough chopped
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese shredded


  • Remove the shells and devein the shrimp.
  • Chop into pieces.
  • Leaving them as big chunks is fine too.
  • Rinse.
  • In a large skillet, heat up the oil and butter.
  • Add the onion and cook for 1 minute, until translucent.
  • Add the shrimp, garlic, salt, roasted poblano pepper.
  • Cook until shrimp are pink. About 5 minutes.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • Set aside. Let cool slightly.
  • Heat griddle.
  • Place two tortillas on the griddle.
  • Cook for 1 minute, then flip.
  • Add about 2 tablespoon cheese and 2 tablespoon of the shrimp filling to one side of the tortilla.
  • Fold over the other side to create the taco.
  • Press down on the tortilla, using your spatula.
  • The cheese will ooze out.
  • Once the cheese is crispy, flip the taco.
  • Press down again.
  • Once the cheese on that side is crispy, remove from the griddle.
  • Place in a baking dish.
  • Cover with aluminum foil
  • Continue until there are no more tortillas and filling.


The shrimp gets chopped up. So, size does not matter. Save your money and buy medium shrimp. It's cheaper. 
Next time you are roasting poblano peppers, roast an extra pepper and stick it in the FREEZER. Defrost for dishes like this. It will make cooking this recipe faster
Some people like to add oil to the griddle to get a better crisp. That's totally up to you. 
For a spicier filling, use serrano peppers instead. 


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 172mg | Sodium: 908mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 317IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 318mg | Iron: 2mg