Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Bloody Mary Shrimp Tacos

By Stacie Morgan, October 6, 2016, Recipes

Welcome to Cooking with Less Kilowatts! There is nothing better than sitting down in the evening to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But did you know that changing what you do in the kitchen can make an impact on your monthly electricity bill? Each week, I will help you find ways to cook using less energy while still getting a satisfying, flavorful meal. Trust me – I won’t just tell you to do everything in the microwave. I’ll help you cut down on your energy consumption.

Few drinks top my “must-have” list like a well-crafted Bloody Mary. And I’m definitely a fan of the trend wherein the Bloody Mary is topped elaborate garnishes like mini cheeseburgers, deviled eggs, bacon, cheese sticks, and more!

Today’s dish takes that concept and flips it on its head by bringing the flavors of my favorite Bloody Mary recipe to one of my favorite foods – tacos!

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Bloody Mary Shrimp Tacos

What makes this a low energy use recipe? Starting with how the peeled and de-veined seafood cooks quickly, this flavor-intensive concoction takes less than 15 minutes to cook. You only need a couple of minutes in the skillet to sauté the vegetables, a few minutes to cook the shrimp through, and a final few minutes to reduce the Bloody Mary mix into a proper sauce!

Sure, you usually don’t see onions in a Bloody Mary, but since we’re eating tacos, they really add a crucial taste element to the recipe. And don’t be shy with the butter in this recipe, as butter is shrimp’s best friend.

You can definitely use your favorite Bloody Mary mix from the store, but look for one packed with of pepper, some nice heat, and  plenty of zing to make these tacos dance. But if you have milder taste buds, skip the jalapenos and just let the heat come from the mix.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Bloody Mary Shrimp Tacos

At its core, a Bloody Mary is a savory and salty drink, so some people prefer their drink saltier than others. This recipe is very mild in terms of added salt, so feel free to garnish with extra salt as you see fit. This includes a little sprinkle (and I mean tiny) of celery salt or the large flake salt you find on the rim of your margarita at a restaurant). Ultimately, it’s a matter of what your taste buds prefer.

Spicy Bloody Mary Shrimp Tacos

Ingredients:

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Bloody Mary Shrimp Tacos

  • 1 lb. Peeled, de-veined shrimp
  • ¼ tsp. Celery salt
  • ¼ tsp. Paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. Cracked black peppercorns

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Bloody Mary Shrimp Tacos

  • ½ Stick of unsalted butter (or 4 tbs)
  • ¼ c. Diced onions
  • ½ c. Diced celery
  • ½ c. All natural bacon pieces
  • 2 tbsp. Finely diced jalapenos
  • 1 tsp. Roasted minced garlic (or regular from jar)
  • ½ tbsp. Lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp. Lime juice
  • ½ c. Bloody Mary mix
  • 1 c. Fresh sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 8-12 Flour or corn tortillas

Directions:

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Bloody Mary Shrimp Tacos

1) Prepare the ingredients as directed above.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Bloody Mary Shrimp Tacos

2) Place the shrimp in a medium-sized bowl and season them with the celery salt, paprika, and black peppercorns.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Bloody Mary Shrimp Tacos

3) Add the butter to a hot skillet over medium heat and let it melt. Add the celery, onions, and jalapenos to the melted butter. Let the vegetables cook while stirring as needed for three minutes.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Bloody Mary Shrimp Tacos

4) Add the garlic and seasoned shrimp. Stir as needed and cook the shrimp for two minutes per side.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Bloody Mary Shrimp Tacos

5) Add the bacon. Squeeze in the lemon and lime juice. Stir the ingredients thoroughly to heat the bacon completely.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Bloody Mary Shrimp Tacosg

6) Pour in the Bloody Mary mix. Stir the ingredients to ensure they’re coated with the mix.

7) Once the ingredients are completely coated, let the pan reduce over the heat for two minutes to thicken the sauce.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Bloody Mary Shrimp Tacos

8) Turn off the heat. Stir in the tomatoes until they are completely incorporated into the other ingredients.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Bloody Mary Shrimp Tacos

9) Serve on warmed tortillas with an optional sprinkle of celery salt.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Bloody Mary Shrimp Tacos

The result? A recipe that’s too good to save for Taco Tuesday!

Check in next week for another Cooking with Less Kilowatts series entry ready to help you create delicious, homemade recipes while keeping energy use and effort to a minimum!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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Stacie is a Texas A&M graduate using her animal science education and passion for food to get creative in the kitchen. She previously worked in business before becoming a mom to a special little boy. She's excited to share recipes her family enjoys at home - and they may even help you save energy and be more green in the kitchen.

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