Crispy tostadas slathered with creamy Baja sauce and topped with refreshing, tart ceviche packed with plump shrimp – these Baja Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas are fresh, fabulous and perfect for your Cinco de Mayo sioree!Hi friends! How was your weekend? I seriously hope it was better than mine. Please tell me you got outdoors or did something fun so I can live vicariously through you.
You see, for the past month or so, I have felt on and off sick and like I was fighting off the flu. Well, Friday I lost the battle. I was straight up sick and miserable all weekend long… and I still am. 😷
I’m going to be forthright, I almost hit publish on this post with just pictures and the recipe, because I wasn’t sure my brain would let me form comprehensive sentences. So please forgive me for keeping this short today.
… and forgive me if I make zero sense. #BrainFog With Cinco de Mayo just a few days away, I knew I had to share at least one recipe with you guys perfect for one of my favorite foodie holidays. So, here it is-
Baja Shrimp Ceviche Tostadas
These tostadas are the jam, my friends. A mix of fresh ceviche, smooth Baja sauce and crisp tortilla shells, these tostadas are a Mexican party for your taste buds.
The ceviche is refreshing, citrusy, tart, herbaceous and packed with juicy, plump shrimp.
The accompanying Baja sauce is spicy, smoky, smooth and every drop creamy-dreamy. And, it also happens to be one of my favorite sauces of all time, so I use it on almost everything.
All that ceviche and sauce fabulosity is piled high on salty, crunchy corn tortillas and garnished with thinly sliced radishes, creamy avocado, and mild scallions. Trust and believe the word These tostadas are not only extremely scrumptious, they are also ridiculously quick and easy since no real cooking is required.will be dancing around on your tongue!
Chop, lock and drop some shrimp and veggies in a bit of lime juice and voilà – magically cooked, fresh and fabulous shrimp ceviche. Throw that deliciousness on a few crisp tostadas slathered with flavorful Baja sauce and sprinkle on the garnishes.
- Don’t like shrimp or maybe you are allergic to shellfish? No worries! You can substitute any semi-firm, white fish such as grouper or sea bass, just make sure you purchase the freshest fish possible.
- You can prepare all the ingredients for the ceviche in advance, but do not combine the shrimp with the lime juice until you are ready to eat it. Since the lime juice will cook the shrimp, after about an hour the shrimp will be overcooked. And any longer than that, the shrimp will be completely chewy and dry. So make sure you don’t marinate the shrimp in the lime juice until you are about 30 minutes away from wanting to eat it!
- The amount of vegetables and garnishes listed in the ceviche is a guideline. I encourage you to add these to taste. If you really like things spicy, add more jalapenos and leave in the seeds. If you like a lot of bite from red onion, increase the amount of finely chopped onion. Cilantro your thing? Use a handful instead of only a couple tablespoons. Do you, my friends.
Add these tasty tostadas to your Cinco de Mayo menu or make them next time you are craving fresh flavors – I pinkie promise you guys are going to love them! Until next time friends – Cheers, to simply scrumptious ceviche.
P.S. I will be posting a round-up of 35+ Cocktails perfect for Cinco de Mayo on WEDNESDAY of this week instead of Thursday. I want to give you guys a chance to get to the liquor store after you choose your libation from the list, so be sure to come back on Wednesday!
- 1 Pound Shrimp – peeled, deveined and diced
- ½ Cup Lime Juice
- 2 ½ TBS Cilantro – chopped
- 1 Roma Tomato – cored and finely diced
- 1 small carrot – finely chopped
- 1 Jalapeno – stemmed, seeded and finely diced
- ¼ Red Onion – peeled and finely chopped
- Sea Salt & Pepper, to taste
- 2 small Radishes – thinly sliced
- 1 Scallions – thinly sliced
- ½ Avocado – diced
- Corn Tortillas or Tostada Shells*
- Baja Sauce (Yield: 1 ½ cup)
- 1 heaping TBS Roasted Red Bell Pepper – roughly chopped
- ½ Jalapeno – roughly chopped (seeds and ribs removed if you do not want a spicy sauce)
- 1 heaping TBS Red Onion – roughly chopped
- 1 Clove of Garlic – smashed and peeled
- ½ Lime – Juiced (about 1 TBS)
- 1 tsp Honey
- ¼ tsp Cumin
- ¼ tsp Kosher Salt
- ⅛ tsp Ground Black Pepper
- ¾ Cup of Mayonnaise
- Make the Baja Sauce: In the bowl of a food processor add – bell pepper, jalapeno, garlic and red onion. Pulse, stopping as needed to scrape down the sides of the bowl, until mixture resembles a chunky puree. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Transfer to a bowl and set aside in refrigerator until ready to use.*
- Make the Ceviche: In a large, non-reactive bowl, combine shrimp and lime juice. Transfer to the refrigerator and allow to marinate and “cook” for 20-25 minutes. Drain, reserving ¼ cup of lime juice. Add remaining ceviche ingredients and reserved lime juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine. Transfer back to refrigerator for an additional 10-15 minutes.
- To Serve: Spread a thin layer of Baja Sauce on each tostada. Top with radishes and ceviche. Garnish with scallions and avocado. Enjoy!
*Baja sauce is best if the flavors are allowed to marry for at least 3 hours in the refrigerator. Sauce will keep up to 5 days, covered, in the refrigerator.
*To make your own Tostadas:
Pan Cook: Place a skillet over medium heat and add ¼ - ½ teaspoon olive oil. Add tortillas, one at a time, to skillet and cook 1 minute per side or until golden. Repeat with remaining tortillas and oil. (This is the method I used)
Deep Fry: Add enough canola oil to a 6 quart saucepan to come up 2’’ from the bottom of pot. Heat over medium-high until a thermometer reaches 350 degrees F. Working in batches, fry (6’’) corn tortillas until crisp, about 1 minute each. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate, season with salt and allow to drain.
Bake: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place tortillas in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Bake, flipping over halfway through, for 5-7 minutes or until crisp.
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