This Shrimp Taco Dip is just pure fun – perfect for a summer barbeque and sure to be the talk of the party.
One of my boys plays baseball in high school and the parents are always looking to have some fun at the games. This past week, the parents organized a tailgate party so it was the perfect opportunity for me to try out a new recipe. I’ve been seeing Shrimp Tacos around a lot lately, in magazines and the internet, and thought why not make a party dip with the same ingredients?
I came across a Blackened Shrimp Taco recipe in Cooking Light and loved the spices that were used to season the shrimp – paprika, cumin, garlic, oregano, and thyme. I happened to have some cooked cocktail shrimp in my freezer, so I simply chopped some up and tossed it with the spices before sauteing the shrimp very briefly in a little oil.
I dug out an enormous margarita glass that I had bought for a party a number of years ago to serve a giant shrimp cocktail. My son who’s home from college asked if I drank margaritas out of it LOL. This is a layered dip, presented in a fun way – fresh guacamole on the bottom, fresh chopped tomatoes, some creamy yogurt sauce (similar to the one I used for my Fish Tacos but with more spices), seasoned sauteed shrimp, and a sprinkling of scallions. Served with corn tortilla chips, this has all the flavors of a Shrimp Taco.
Transporting this beauty to the baseball game required some steady hands in the car ride over, but it arrived safe and sound. It was a big hit with the parents (and my kids)!
Hint: Bring a spoon along to make scooping this deep dip easy for guests.
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