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February 22nd is National Margarita Day, and Direct Energy is here to help you celebrate responsibly with this energy saving recipe for a delicious tequila taco shrimp appetizer paired with the perfect mango margarita!
Let’s start by focusing on the star of the day: the mango margarita! Most mango margarita recipes feature a frozen margarita requiring either a margarita machine, blender, or both. My version is just as delicious while only needing ice and some good old fashioned shaking.
I just fill my cocktail shaker with ice, pour in the ingredients, and shake – no appliances needed! Then I strain it into a glass seasoned with a salty chili-lime rim! You can of course add ice to your glass, but this method chills your margarita in a way that doesn’t call for extra ice.
Continue your National Margarita Day Party with a light and refreshing tequila taco shrimp appetizer! You’ll need less than 10 minutes of cooking time, the ingredients are simple, and it’s all cooked in 1 pan. With only 1 tablespoon of tequila in the recipe, the booze won’t overpower the flavor and only enhances the overall flavor profile.
Fresh shrimp is always an excellent protein choice for energy saving recipes because it cooks quickly and require limited prep work. I did leave on the shrimp’s shell on for this recipe: it’s a little bit messier for eating, but definitely worth it for flavor!
Tequila and Lime Shrimp with Mango Margarita
Margarita Ingredients (Makes 1 serving):
- 1 oz. Silver tequila
- ½ oz. Orange liqueur
- 1 oz. Fresh squeezed lime juice
- 3 oz. Mango juice
- ½ oz. Agave nectar
- ½ c. Ice
- Lime wedges
- Fresh mango slices
- Margarita salt and Chili lime seasoning
1) On a plate large enough to fit the glass’s rim, pour equal parts margarita salt and chili lime seasoning. Mix the seasoning and salt together.
2) Rub a lime wedge on the rim of your margarita glass. Place the glass into the mixture and coat the rim.
3) Fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Pour the tequila, orange liqueur, fresh squeezed lime juice, mango juice, and agave nectar into the shaker.
4) Vigorously shake the ingredients together and then strain into the margarita glass with seasoned rim.
5) Garnish with a fresh lime wedge and thin mango slice.
- 1 lb. Fresh shrimp (deveined, shell on)
- ½ Large fresh lime juice (approx. 2 tbsp.)
- 1 tbsp. Garlic paste
- 1 tbsp. Silver tequila
- 1 tbsp. Safflower oil
- 1 tbsp. Taco seasoning
- ¼ tsp. Margarita salt
- 2 tbsp. Fresh chopped cilantro
- 1 Fresh jalapeño, thinly sliced for garnish or pairing
- Salsa verde, fresh avocado, and chips
1) In a large mixing bowl, add the deveined shrimp, garlic paste, taco seasoning, and fresh lime juice.
2) Evenly rub and coat the shrimp. Place the bowl to the side for 5 minutes to marinate the shrimp.
3) Add the safflower oil to a large nonstick skillet and set it on medium heat for 2 minutes. Then, add the marinated shrimp and cook them for 3 minutes on one side.
4) Flip the shrimp to the other side. After 2 minutes, pour in the tequila – but be sure to watch for any flame up from the alcohol! Squeeze in any extra lime juice.
5) Stir the shrimp around the skillet so they soak up the liquid. Sauté them for 1 more minute.
6) Turn the heat off and toss the finished shrimp around in the hot pan with the chopped fresh cilantro.
Create a real National Margarita Day party by pairing this mango margarita and seasoned shrimp with fresh avocado, jalapeno slices, salsa, and chips!
PLEASE drink responsibly!
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Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan