Late summer to early fall shrimp boils conjure up romantic visions, and the the traditional New England or Low Country boil never fails to deliver! Mexican Shrimp Boil with Chorizo puts a local spin on a beloved classic – local Gulf shrimp, locally grown corn, and Mexican grey squash are awesome on their own, but the depth of flavor that comes from a lean Mexican chorizo elevates this dish to a whole new level. IMHO!
The waning days of summer naturally have me looking for something beyond the light salads and grilled food, but hey!, I live in south Texas… It’s still REALLY. FREAKING. HOT. I don’t want to heat up my kitchen, I don’t want to subject my husband to too much time in the 100° plus heat, and I don’t want heavy.
We have shrimp in south Texas, and it’s SO GOOD! If you use my search bar, you may begin to realize how much we love shrimp at Andersen casa.
As I’ve mentioned before, shrimp cooks faster than just about any protein, making it a perfect choice for those “dog days” of summer (no it doesn’t have anything to do with dogs or heat).
About Shrimp Boils
“Seafood boil” is kind of a catch-all term for a casual main dish that features seafood as the centerpiece with fresh corn and potatoes. It may be boiled, steamed, or even cooked in a hot pit over rocks. Typically, the preparation serves a crowd. In our case, the crowd has moved on. 😉
Crawfish, crab, and shrimp are a Cajun tradition, and one I love. Their seafood boils will be hot… Louisiana hot sauce hot! Potatoes will make an appearance, but fresh corn on the cob may not.
The Low Country has a similar approach, usually featuring sausage, and definitely not as hot. In addition to potatoes, you will find sweet corn, typically broken into manageable sized pieces. I like this one a lot!
New England does something similar, usually with shellfish and the addition of potatoes, fresh corn, and sausage of some sort.
Why a Mexican Shrimp Boil?
I live on the Mexican border… so much of my cooking is focused on Mexican and Latin flavors. I am on something of a mission to expand the definition of “Mexican food” in American home kitchens!
Borrowing the idea of a seafood/sausage combination from the Low Country version, I opted for local Gulf shrimp and super lean made-in-house chorizo. Please avoid the grease-in-a-tube kind of chorizo. Most of the chorizo that comes in a tray and looks like red-orange lean ground beef is pretty lean.
One-pot cooking is so appealing – especially on a busy weeknight. My desire to make it healthy and one-pot means the inclusion of at least one green vegetable IMHO. Mexican grey squash seems the perfect choice, but chayote (needs a little more cooking time), yellow or crookneck squash, and zucchini are all great options too!
Lastly, the sweet corn and new potatoes round out the dish, and are reminiscent of a traditional seafood boil, and I chose to include them as well. I encourage you to make this your own. 😊
Making Mexican Shrimp Boil with Chorizo
This dish is easily on the table in about 30 minutes! The key is to prep the ingredients and then layer them in the pot in the correct order so as to get everything perfectly cooked (no mushy squash, crunchy potatoes, or shoe-leather tough shrimp).
This really is a tasty dish, and so quick and easy. I do hope you’ll give it a try during these dog days of summer when squash and corn are fresh and plentiful!
- 2 ounces lean Mexican chorizo (see notes)
- 1 shallot or 1/4 red onion, thin sliced
- 7 ounces lager (see notes)
- 1 cup shrimp stock (see notes)
- 4 new potatoes, halved (see notes)
- 2 ears sweet corn, cut in pieces
- 1 Mexican grey squash, cut in 1/2" slices. (see notes)
- 12 ounces large shrimp
- cilantro (for garnish)
Prep all ingredients.
Cook the lean chorizo until crumbled and cooked through.
Add the broth and beer. Stir to combine, then add the potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cover.
After about 5 minutes, add the corn.
5 minutes later, add the squash. Keep the pot at a low boil or simmer and covered.
Check the doneness of the potatoes (they need to be tender) then add the shrimp. Cook 2-3 minutes depending on size (covered).
Ladle into bowls and garnish with cilantro. Enjoy!
The 2 markets I regularly shop (HEB and Sprouts) have lean bulk sausage in pork or chicken. When it's cooked, there is no fatty liquid in the pan. The chorizo provides the garlic and other critical spices to the dish, so there really is no substitute.
I buy a 6 pack of 7 ounce Coronita (Mexican lager) for cooking. You can use 7 ounces or a cup of any neutral flavored beer, and you can replace it with additional broth/stock if you prefer to avoid the beer. However, the alcohol will cook out.
We limit the number of potatoes to watch carbs. Add more or less to your preference!
We get beautiful Mexican grey squash in McAllen year 'round. Chayote, zucchini, yellow and crookneck are great options too. The chayote needs to be sliced thinner to keep the cooking time the same.
I often make a simple shrimp stock with shrimp shells from the shrimp I'm using that evening, and additional in my freezer. Place unused shells, tails, heads in a saucepan, then cover with water. You can add a few peppercorns, a sprig of parsley, and a bay leaf, but it isn't necessary. Bring to a boil, and simmer about 15 minutes. I do this while the vegetables cook. Alternatively I use shrimp stock.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: half
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 615 Total Fat: 5g Carbohydrates: 80g Protein: 52g