The Coconut & Ancho Chilies Shrimp pairs well with my Plantain Guacamole  Recipe and Pineapple Cucumber Salsa with Freshly Crumbled Cojita and Corn Tortillas




1 pound of peeled and deveined tail off shrimp

1 tbsp of ancho chili powder (depends how spicy you like it, I added a bit more)

1 4 oz can of light and unsweetened coconut milk

1/4 cup of coconut sugar

1/2 cup of celery, chopped

1 small lemon worth of zest

1 garlic clove

1 bay leaf

1 cup of warm water

Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste


Pineapple Salsa:

1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped

4 slices of fresh pineapple, chopped

1 lime, juiced

1 jalapeno, minced

1 tbsp of fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

Koster salt, to taste


Corn Tortillas

Cojita Cheese, crumbled

Plantain Guacamole 



Mix all the ingredients for the pineapple salsa together and set aside;

In a medium sized pot, combine all of the ingredients in the shrimp section except for the shrimp. Stir the ingredients together with a whisk over medium heat until the liquid begins to boil;

Continue to cook over medium heat for another 10 minutes stirring occassionally to ensure the liquid doesnt foam and overflow;

Reduce the heat after 10 minutes and continue to let the liquid simmer for another 10-20 minutes;

Add salt and pepper to taste now that the chili powder is well combined;

Return to high heat and add the shrimp until no longer transparent and they begin to curl. Should take only several minutes;

Place shrimp and mixture through sieve. Keep the liquid and return to pot over medium-high heat so the liquid and reduce and thicken into a sauce. Remove shrimp from sieve and place in bowl in fridge to cool;

In the meantime, place corn tortillas in oven at 350 F while the sauce is thickening so they are warm for serving;

The sauce should thicken over time, but if you need to speed things up add 1 tbsp of cornstarch;

When thickened, toss shrimp in some sauce and serve the rest with the salsa, plaintain guacamole, cojita and tortillas; and

Assemble tacos and enjoy!