avocado shrimp quesadillas with salsa, sour cream, limes and guacamole

Cheesy Shrimp Quesadillas Recipe (video)


The most delicious shrimp quesadillas recipe! These pepper, shrimp and cheese quesadillas are filled with loads of cheddar cheese, guacamole, bell peppers and juicy seasoned shrimp! The shrimp is seasoned with aromatic spices like smoked paprika and chili powder! Serve these with a side of extra guacamole, fresh salsa, sour cream and freshly squeezed lime juice! This easy seafood recipe is bound to become a family favorite!

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Start with the Shrimp!

These shrimp quesadillas are stuffed with the most delicious and juicy shrimp! I recommend using wild-caught shrimp because it has the best flavor; I used wild-caught Argentinian red shrimp in my video recipe! This variety is huge and the meat is sweet and juicy! Fry the shrimp in cooking oil and season it generously with smoked paprika, chili powder, coriander and cumin. These aromatic spices make the shrimp even more delicious! Cook the shrimp briefly, just until it’s done, then cool on a cutting board. Chop the cooled shrimp into bite sized pieces so you have some shrimp in every single bit!

cheese quesadillas with shrimp and bell peppers

Prepare the Fillings!

To go along with the shrimp, I fill these cheese quesadillas with sauteed bell pepper, onion, garlic and fresh tomato. Combine the chopped shrimp with this sauteed mixture and fresh cilantro and the filling is done! You’ll also need about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese, approximately 1/4 cup of sour cream and about 1/2 cup of guacamole. You can make your own using my recipe below or use store-bought instead. Both will work well! Spread a bit of the guacamole and the sour cream onto each tortilla, top with a generous amount of shrimp and pepper filling and top with cheese.

cheese and pepper quesadillas with shrimp

Serving Suggestions

Heat the quesadillas on a hot griddle or frying pan over medium until the tortilla is crispy and the cheese is melted on the inside! For serving these seafood quesadillas, you’ll need your favorite salsa and hot sauce, plus some extra guacamole and sour cream. I also like to have some lime wedges and add a bit of freshly squeezed lime juice right on top!

Guacamole Recipe

My favorite guacamole recipe that I use for everything! Simply combine these ingredients in a large bowl and then use a potato masher or two large forks and press the avocado into a puree. You can also use a molcajete and pestle. Here’s the easy recipe I use:

  • 2 to 3 large, ripe avocados
  • 1 medium shallot, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 small tomato, seeded and diced
  • 2 to 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise or sour cream; optional

fresh salsa and guacamole with seafood quesadillas

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