Recipe for Diabla shrimp (deviled shrimp, or "camarones a la diabla")

Here is a mexican recipe for shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce that is a well known classic, world wide. It's name most certainly derived from the hotness of this dish! Many cooks in Mexico serve this dish with the shrimp still unpeeled and others even serve it with shrimp that still have their heads on; while this would be the traditional presentation, I prefer a more conservative aproach... but ultimately it is a matter of preference.

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Shrimp a la diabla recipe:

Camarones a la diabla plate Devils shrimp


• 3 lb. of washed and peeled shrimp
• 1 sliced onion, in half rings
• 5 cloves garlic, minced
• 3 tablespoons oil
• 3 tablespoons butter
• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
• 2 tablespoons chicken broth
• 2 deveined ancho chiles
• 1 chile de arbol
• 1 serrano chile, stem and seeds discarded
• 3 ripe red tomatoes
• 1 whole garlic clove
• 1/4 cup white wine
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 1/2 cup ketchup (optional)

Garnish and decorate this dish:

2 chilacate chiles, sliced in thin strips
Fresh Cilantro leaves
3 tablespoons oil


1) Cook the chiles in a little bit of water. Blend using a food processor along with the tomatoes and the garlic, liquefy. Strain and reserve.

2) In a skillet, pour the olive oil, press in one more garlic clove and add in the shrimp, the butter and the onion slices and cook to turn the shrimp red.  When they have started to turn red, add to them the broth and the tablespoon Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

 3) After this, add the ground chilies with tomatoes and garlic mixture we did in step 1, and cover (if you like, add ketchup at this point); allow to simmer to thicken the sauce.  When the sauce is thick enough, finally, add the white wine and mix.
4) Separately, fry the chilacate strips in a skillet with hot oil, then reserve; place a few chilacate strips and a few cilantro leaves on top of each portion of diabla shrimp and serve, while hot.

Enjoy your meal!

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