Shrimp in Chipotle Sauce (Camarones Enchipotlados)
The key to Diana Kennedy’s shrimp in chipotle sauce is the flavorful sauce made from chipotle peppers and the adobo in which they are packed. They give the dish a pleasant, lingering heat and a deep smoky flavor. Kennedy makes her own, but canned chipotles in adobo work equally well. Kennedy’s original recipe called for broiled tomatoes, but when she made the dish for us, she used fresh tomatoes. We liked the simplicity of fresh tomatoes, as well as their contrast in texture and flavor to the chipotles. And while Kennedy marinates her shrimp in lime juice, we preferred to briefly sear them, then let them finish cooking off the burner in the residual heat of the sauce. It’s an effortless way to ensure perfectly cooked shrimp.
The shrimp made wonderful tacos. To warm tortillas, wrap a stack in foil and place it in a 200ºF oven.
vine-ripened tomatoes (1¼ pounds), quartered
chipotle chilies in adobo sauce (and the sauce clinging to them)
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