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Shrimp and Cheese Tacos (Tacos Gobernador)

4 Servings

40 minutes

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If you think seafood and cheese don’t mix, this recipe will change your mind. Tacos gobernador, or “governor’s tacos,” are a modern Mexican classic said to have originated in the state of Sinaloa. A blend of shrimp and melty cheese is tucked inside tortillas that then are folded and cooked like a quesadilla. The recipe calls for medium shrimp, but since they’re chopped, you can use large or extra-large—whatever is most convenient. Swap in corn tortillas for the flour if you like, though you’ll need to heat them before adding the filling so they won’t break when folded. Just pop them in the hot skillet for a few seconds per side until pliable.



40 minutes


  • 1

    pound medium (41/50 per pound) shrimp, peeled, deveined (tails removed), cut into ¾-inch pieces and patted dry (see headnote)

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper


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Jennifer B.
June 13, 2023
Nothing special
A little bland, but ok, I guess.
Alison B.
November 23, 2022
Easy weeknight dinner
Quick and easy weeknight dinner. It was tasty but could use a little more kick. Might increase the pickled jalapeño next time or add some fresh chiles, as well as some lime juice to cut through the richness of the cheese.
Cynthia G.
May 11, 2023
We liked these tacos
Easy tasty recipe. My shrimp was frozen and treated and I would decrease or omit the salt on the shrimp next time. My family loved these tacos and I’ll definitely make them again.