I do love football season and all the delicious home-gating dishes I create. This season I decided to up my game with a Restaurant-Style Blackened Shrimp Nachos.
And since my wife’s not a big fan of tortilla chips I also made a Blackened Shrimp Salad with a side a chips, hoping I could tempt her to try them.
As a chef, I’ve always loved shrimp and loved working with shrimp in my dishes. I almost feel like Bubba from Forrest Gump when I start talking about all the different ways I can serve shrimp.
And blackening my favorite gulf shrimp adds another level of deliciousness to those sweet treats from the gulf.
Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make my Blackened Shimp Nachos. In Chef Speak this is called the Mise en Place which translates into Everything in its Place.
Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed the cooking process, but it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.
In my quest to use better ingredients, I opted for Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips. Feel free to use the chips of your choice.
Do I have to use peppers in my nachos?
No, you don’t. These are your nachos and you can make them how you want them.
I’m not as big a fan of heat, so plain jalapenos don’t always thrill me. But pickled jalapenos can be a nice addition.
What else can I add to my Blackened Shrimp Nachos?
One of my friends likes to add a cheese sauce to the nachos, making them even more ooey, gooey and delicious.
If you really want to up your game add some crumbled cooked chorizo sausage before you melt the cheese. Giving us a surf and turf version of my nachos.
And if you a fan of sour cream, don’t hold back. It’s all good!
My Blackened Shrimp Nachos came out of the oven looking OMG delicious and it was all I could do to restrain myself long enough to take the pictures.
Do I have to make the shrimp blackened?
No, you don’t. You can saute them in whatever seasoning you like. Perhaps a little old bay, or cook them in a light garlic aioli.
How do I make Blackened Seasonings?
It’s really pretty easy to make you own blackened seasoning. This is my basic recipe:
- 11/2 teaspoons Hungarian paprika
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
When you want to change up the flavors try using Smoked Paprika instead of regular paprika. Cumin also makes a nice addition to the flavor.
For more heat increase the chili powder, or use Ancho chili or Sriracha seasoning to perk up the dish.
If you like a little sweetness add a teaspoon of brown sugar to the mix.
There are lots of different flavor combinations you can come up with using the spices you have on hand.
Can I use the blackened seasoning with other seafood?
Yes, you can. It would be good on just about any type of fish, scallops or even lobster. You can even use the seasoning with chicken or tofu.
Another way to enjoy this deliciousness is in a Blackened Shrimp Taco Salad. You’re using the same basic ingredients, just not melting the cheese.
My wife wanted a salad instead of the nachos. I did sneak some chips on her plate, but they were still there when she was done eating.
It’s easy to customize the salad with the ingredients you enjoy. It would also make a nice DIY salad bar for game day.
And if you’re just looking for a lighter snack, make up a batch of guacamole and salsa fresca, and enjoy your chips in style!
I am so excited to have found your blog today. All your recipes sound/look amazing, and I can’t wait to try them! Thank you!
My family and I love nachos, I’ve not thought about putting shrimp on them before. This is delicious! Thank you for sharing.
Nachos are our all time favorite snack to much on while binge watching. Those blackened shrimp nachos sounds very interesting to try.
Mmm, I think I would go for the salad too with that wonderfully seasoned shrimp, though I’m sure I’d have dipped my chips in the guacamole. I am going to make a special note of the blackening seasoning – lots of flavor with just six ingredients.
Yum these nachos looks so good with some amazing flavours. Such a great recipe to make on game day next Sunday! My husband will be so thrilled.
What a delicious option for lunch or dinner is this blackened shrimp nachos! So many tasty flavors and textures here!
These shrimp nachos look really delicious. Amazing flavors and ingredients. Plus, it’s super easy to make. I will definitely give this a try.
A perfect nacho recipe for football party. Love the flavors here. So delicious. Thanks for sharing
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These blackened shrimp nachos loko amazing! I too am a huge fan of Mission Tortilla chips and blue corn chips are my favorite! I will surely be making this recipe soon. Beautiful job!
Shrimp is one of my all-time favorite proteins. These nachos were the perfect lunch this weekend! My husband is already asking me to make them again.
These blackened Shrimp nachos are amazing! The seasoning on the shrimp is perfect . There is so much going on from the salsa and guacamole , this is so much better than taco night . This recipe is getting tucked into my recipe box, it is going on a regular rotation.
You had me at blakened shrimp!! One of my fav food and I love how this version of nachos comes together. Such a great treat.
I love nachos, and thought I had tried every kind…until now. I’ve never thought to do shrimp nachos, and these look fabulous! I love that you make all the parts fresh, it makes such a huge difference in the final product. I am absolutely adding this to my meal plan
Chef Dennis, your recipes are always a treat and I am going to try this one for sure. Yum!
CHef Dennis your recipes are always a treat
Nachos are my guilty pleasure and my husband and I loved this blackened shrimp version, yum!