Creamy and rich with added pops of flavor from onions and peppers, these Creamy Shrimp Enchiladas are easy enough for family dinner and elegant enough for a date night in.
Creamy Shrimp Enchiladas
Here in the Midwest, good seafood is kind of hard to come by. We get lots of fresh beef and chicken and even pork, but seafood is more of a treat. Which is a pretty big bummer on two levels. For one, if you’re a seafood lover like me, you’re longing for some delicious seafood, pretty much all the time. And two, it makes it pretty hard to get your two USDA recommended servings of seafood every week, especially without breaking the bank.
But it doesn’t have to be this way! I am very excited to partner with SeaPak because their shrimp makes it easy and cost-effective to get your family the seafood they need and to satisfy your seafood cravings, no matter where you live.
Of course, we like lots of kinds of seafood, but shrimp is certainly one of our favorites. It’s easy to cook, delicious to eat, a great addition to lots of recipes (shrimp pasta, shrimp salad, shrimp tacos,… Ohhh, the possibilities are endless!), AND the kids love it, which is the best because dinner-time battles are the worst. (Breaded shrimp do look kind of like chicken nuggets… Just throwin’ it out there…)
So today I’m sharing my Creamy Shrimp Enchiladas recipe with you featuring SeaPak Shrimp Scampi, and let me tell you. These are amazing. They’re simple to make, but full of flavor. Creamy Shrimp Enchiladas are easy enough to whip up for a family dinner, and they’re also elegant and rich enough to have an indulgent grown-up dinner (Creamy shrimp enchilada date night, anyone?!). The problem I’ve run into with other shrimp enchilada recipes I’ve tried is that they’re a little too rich. But by adding onion, pepper, and salsa verde, I was able to break up the creaminess by adding in pops of flavor to complement the shrimp and round out the dish perfectly.
Creamy Shrimp Enchiladas Recipe
- 2 (12 ounce) packages SeaPak Shrimp Scampi
- ½ medium onion, chopped
- ½ medium red pepper, chopped
- ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro (optional)
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons flour
- ¼ milk
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 8-10 (8-inch) flour tortillas
- Additional toppings: cilantro, salsa, pico de gallo, or hot sauce
- 2 tablespoons reserved SeaPak Shrimp Scampi butter sauce
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1½ cups milk or half-and-half
- 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (or other Jack cheese or white cheese)
- ½ cup salsa verde OR 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add frozen SeaPack Shrimp Scampi, onions, and red pepper. Cook until sauce melts away from the shrimp, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
- When sauce is melted, scoop out 2 tablespoons (try not to get many onions and peppers), and place in a dish. Set aside.
- Place cilantro, chili powder, and cayenne pepper in the skillet with the shrimp mixture, and continue cooking until shrimp is cooked through, about 5 more minutes.
- When shrimp is cooked through, add 2 tablespoons flour. Stir to combine, and allow the mixture to heat back up.
- When shrimp mixture is hot, add milk, a little at a time. Stir vigorously to combine.
- Stir in sour cream, and remove from heat.
- Fill each tortilla with about ¼ cup of the shrimp mixture, then roll up. Place in a lightly greased 9"x13" baking dish, and set aside.
- In a large skillet (you can use the same one you used earlier!) over medium heat, heat the 2 tablespoons of scampi sauce you reserved earlier.
- When butter is hot, stir in 2 tablespoons flour, and allow mixture to heat back up, about 2 minutes.
- Slowly add milk or half-and-half and stir to combine. Allow mixture to heat to steaming (but not boiling).
- When mixture is steaming, start adding cheese slowly. Stir to combine.
- Stir in salsa verde, and remove from heat.
- Pour cheese sauce over shrimp enchiladas.
- Bake in a 350° oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.
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