Mexican Shrimp in Green Bean Sauce

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

Something a little different, adapted from a little Mexican cookbook I have. Quick to make, too (preparation time includes the active cooking time).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a large saute pan or dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook for another 2 minutes.
  2. Add the green beans,spices, chipotle, adobo sauce and fish stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes to allow flavors to meld.
  3. Add shrimp. Stir and cook for 1 to 2 minutes (shrimp will just start to turn pink but still appear uncooked). Remove pan from heat, cover and allow shrimp to stand until they turn bright pink (this takes approximately 5 minutes).
  4. Garnish each portion with the cilantro (chopped, if desired). Serve immediately with a lime wedge on the side.
  5. This is good served with rice and warm corn tortillas to soak up the juice, refried beans and sliced avocado.
  6. NOTE: if you prefer, jarred nopalitos may be substituted for the green beans.
Most Helpful

I loved this sauce. The chipotle was not overpowering and very subtle. The same with the heat.

threeovens August 31, 2015

Awesome! Use the nopalitos for best results, or if you can find fresh nopales in your area, even better - remove any 'needles' with a paring knife, cut in thin strips and simmer in salted water with a couple of garlic cloves for about 10-15 min. I agree with mama's kitchen about the sauce consistency; I thickened it with a little cornstarch and water, and it came together nicely. Thanks a million for the recipe!

KlynnPadilla January 08, 2008

Amazing flavor in this sauce. I cooked the sauce ALOT longer than called for as it was very thin after the addition of the broth. There was ALOT of sauce- More than needed here, but that is ok- it would make a great pasta sauce! I didnt use green beans but DID use jarred Nopalitos. mmmmmm If you get the opportunity to try nopalitos, do! This is a great recipe to use for that! They have a green bean type flavor but are far better with a slight tang. Amazing flavor! This would be a 5 star recipe if the sauce were thicker, the flavors really intensified after it thickened. thanks for a great recipe!

Mama's Kitchen (Hope) July 20, 2006