These Tasty Shrimp Enchiladas are cheesy, creamy, and come together in no time! A Tex Mex staple that has been turned into good ole comfort food at its finest!
I don’t know about your family, but mine is OBSESSED with seafood! Growing up, seafood was not a favorite of mine. Other than salmon, I wanted nothing to do with it. Once I got married and started exploring different foods, I began to love it. Now, I have 3 kids and a hubby that would happily enjoy seafood every night if they could.
A few weeks back, my grocery store was running a crazy sale on their salad shrimp. I had no idea what I was going to use it in, but I was able to buy 2 bags (1lb each) for only $2. Crazy, right? I would’ve bought more had they not limited each person to 2, haha!
I went home and tossed the bags in the freezer to use at a later date, once I figured out what to do!
About a week later, I casually mentioned having to use the shrimp up to my husband and he gave the brilliant idea of using them in enchiladas. They were small, so perfect to use as filling rather than as the entire meal. I decided to make a cheese sauce for the top, and include some veggies in it!
Not only were these quick to prepare and toss together, but we all thoroughly enjoyed it! My kids didn’t even pick their red or green peppers out of these because they were too busy devouring their portions! I call that a win, right?!
My hubby typically orders seafood enchiladas or tacos from our favorite Mexican restaurant, so I was most curious about his opinion on how they compared. One bite in, he said these tasted even better than the restaurant! Wow, I’ll take that compliment any day!
The recipe below makes about 10 enchiladas, in a 9×13 baking pan. We had enough for my family of five, as well as lunch leftovers the following day!
If you love seafood, or catch a great sale on shrimp at your grocery store, I highly recommend trying these! The creamy cheese sauce accented the flavorful shrimp perfectly!
Enjoy and let me know what you think of my Tasty Shrimp Enchiladas! I love hearing feedback! Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter below! I send my latest (and greatest) recipes to your inbox so you never miss out!
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp flour
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups Mexican cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- SHRIMP FILLING
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 1/2 lbs shrimp, peeled/deveined *dice small or use salad shrimp
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1/2 cup Mexcian cheese
- 10 flour tortillas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking pan with grease.
To create cheese sauce: melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in the green/red pepper and sauté until tender. Sprinkle in the oregano, garlic salt, pepper, cayenne, and flour. Stir to combine and allow to cook for about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and once slightly thickened, add in the cheese. Once cheese has melted, stir in the sour cream and remove from heat. Set cheese sauce aside.
To prepare shrimp filling: melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion until tender. Add the shrimp and cook about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook an additional minute.
To assemble: fill each tortilla with the shrimp mixture. Roll the tortilla tightly up and place seam down in prepared pan. Once each tortilla has been filled and mixture used up, pour the cheese sauce evenly on top of pan ensuring you cover all enchiladas. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese on top and place in oven.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and pan bubbles.
Remove and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from: Fabulously Frugal