Shrimp Nachos With Tomatillo Salsa

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Shrimp Nachos With Tomatillo Salsa

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes one 13- by 9-inch pan
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:35 minutes
Special equipment:13- by 9-inch pan, food processor
This recipe appears in: Shrimp Nachos With Tomatillo Salsa


  • 10 ounce bag tortilla chips
  • 1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons zest and 2 tablespoons juice from 3 limes, divided
  • Salt
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded, divided
  • 8 ounces tomatillos, quartered
  • 1 small onion, rough chopped
  • 1 cup packed cilantro, divided
  • 12 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 ripe avocado, chopped


  1. 1

    Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 375°F. Spread chips in 13- by 9-inch baking dish. Mince 1/2 jalapeño. Toss shrimp, zest, 2 teaspoons lime juice, minced jalapeño, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; set aside.

  2. 2

    Place tomatillos, onion, remaining jalapeño, 3/4 cup cilantro, and remaining 4 teaspoons lime juice in food processor and pulse until coarse chopped (do not purée), about 4 to 6 pulses.

  3. 3

    In a small saucepan, cook shrimp over medium heat, stirring, until just cooked through, about 2 minutes.

  4. 4

    Scatter cheese over the chips. Spoon half of the salsa over the chips and then scatter the cooked shrimp over the top. Bake until cheese is just melted, about 20 minutes. Top with the remaining salsa, cilantro, and avocado. Serve immediately.


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