Friday, May 27, 2022

Shrimp Quesadillas from @MaddieDayAuthor #giveaway

MADDIE DAY here with an easy and delicious recipe for you.

Shrimp Quesadillas

Note: I used flax tortillas because that's what I had in the house, but these are better with flour tortillas. I also didn't have ripe avocados for guacamole, but it's a great additional topping. You can also substitute lobster, chicken, beef, or refried beans for the shrimp.


1 pound frozen shrimp, thawed, shelled, and cut in half

Juice of ½ lime

½ teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon powdered cumin

Olive oil

1 small onion, minced

½ red bell pepper, seeded and minced

4 flour tortillas

1 cup grated pepper jack or Monterey Jack cheese

Salsa and sour cream to garnish



Mix lime juice, chili powder, cumin, and oil in a bowl. 

Add prepared shrimp and toss. Refrigerate covered until ready to cook, no more than 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, sauté onion on medium low heat in a tablespoon of oil in a skillet. Add pepper and sauté until softened. Remove to plate.


Add 1 tablespoon oil and increase heat to medium high. Drain shrimp and quickly sauté until just past translucence. 

Remove to the vegetable plate.

Add 1 tablespoon oil. On one half of each tortilla, place a few tablespoons (depends on the size of the tortilla) of filling, sprinkle with cheese, and fold over.

Fry two at a time, pressing down with spatula, until lightly browned on one side, then flip and fry other side. (Sorry, forgot to grab a photo of this stage! 

Enjoy with any combination of sour cream, salsa, and guacamole.

This recipe has nothing to do with Christmas, but I'd love to give away two ARC of Christmas Scarf Murder, the new novella collection that includes my "Scarfed Down!"

Readers: Do you do the Feast of Seven Fishes at Christmas? What's your favorite Mexican food?

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  1. I don't like Mexican food. But I do love a good Margarita every now and then. Thank you for this chance at your giveaway. pgenest57 at aol dot com

  2. I love eating quesadillas but I usually make them with chicken or a vegetarian one. I will give this recipe a try, thanks.

  3. No we don't do the Feast of Seven fishes, but love Mexican food! Hard to pic a favorite, but I will say Chimichangas.

  4. Here in Florida, shrimp quesadillas are great.

  5. I love shrimp but my boyfriend is allergic so I only eat it out. Our local Mexican restaurant makes salmon with mango salad that’s really good

  6. No, we don’t do this for Christmas. I love Mexican food, especially quesadillas and burritos with various salsa and cheese sauces. I love guacamole with nachos and salsa. I also love margaritas!

  7. Favorite Mexican food is chili relleno! Thanks for the chance.

  8. Mexican food is one of my favorites. But I have not eat anything with any type of seafood.

  9. I've never heard of that feast but I don't eat fish or seafood...I love Mexican food though, so if we could have Feast of Mexican Dishes that Don't Include Fish, I'd be mucho happy!

  10. My family does not do the Feast of the Seven Fishes at Christmas. I love Mexican/Tex-Mex food! My favorite is cheese enchiladas with chili con carne. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

  11. I'd never heard of this feast. I haven't had much for Mexican food since there is only one Mexican restaurant within an hour of me, and some of my family doesn't care for Mexican. I did have enchiladas a couple times when out with friends that I enjoyed. And I love margaritas on a hot day.

  12. Never done the Feast of Seven Fishes at Christmas, but I think it would be fun.

    Love Mexican food and love quesadillas. I laughingly call it my clean out the frig dish as it's an easy and delicious way to use small dabs of ingredients leftover from other dishes. Anything and everything works in a quesadilla.

    My favorite Mexican dish hands down is homemade tamales. Fortunate enough to be an old Army brat raised on a military base surrounded by a vast array of nationalities, my Mom was taught how to make them from a Mexican lady in our neighborhood. Still laugh at how she told Mom she would teach her how to season for us like they do for their babies. Of course, through the years we have raised the heat level in ours too. Don't make them very often because there's just the two of us now, but when I do they bring back fond memories of both Mom and my childhood. I think memories are a lot of what makes certain dishes special to us as well as the taste.

    Thank you for the wonderful chance to win an ARC of "Christmas Scarf Murder". On my TBR list and I'm dying to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  13. I like most Mexican food. We don’t do that feast. suefoster109 at gmail dot com

  14. Quesadillas are wonderfully adaptable--change an ingredient, modify the seasoning, it's all good!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  15. I've never heard of that feast but I love enchiladas. Congratulations on another book! ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. What a novel and delicious looking way to make quesdillas!!! I usually just use cheese and maybe some dill pickle or apple slices, but have never been this adventurous...gotta try this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing Maddie!! luis at ole dot travel

  17. We do not do the Feast of Seven Fishes at Christmas... I usually make a couple of different soups, one is often a fish chowder. I love Mexican food. My current favorite is either shrimp tacos or seafood enchiladas, YUM! The Shrimp Quesadilla looks tasty. Thanks for the idea! Would love to read the new collection. makennedyinaz (at) hotmail (dot) com

  18. Definitely the Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. Italian tradition. And tamales. Thanks.

    1. Weird it didn’t put my name. idlivru1 (at) gmail (dot) com

  19. Our friend does the Feast of Seven Fishes and my hairdresser does too. My favorite Mexican dish is chicken quesadillas, black beans and rice.
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  20. I think it would be fun to do the Feast of the Seven fishes. Mexican food here in the Northeast doesn't come close to actual Mexican food that I have had in Texas - so very different. lindalou64(@)live(dot)com

  21. I've heard of the Great Feast but never partipated. I love Mexican food! I'm going to add this to my menu list. Salsa, sour cream, guacamole would be perfect!

    megscozycorner @ gmail dot com

  22. I am partial to fish tacos and enchiladas, tending toward mild choices. This looks delicious! <3

  23. I love enchiladas and margaritas! This looks like a great recipe!

  24. My family does not do the Feast of Seven Fishes at Christmas. I am partial to burritos and guacamole.
    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  25. We don't do the Seven Fishes at Christmas, that's an Italian tradition. We have Polish sausage and other Polish food for Christmas Eve. My favorite Mexican food is a steak burrito.

  26. I've never done the Feast of 7 Fishes but I love Mexican food. I usually order flautas at my favorite Mexican restaurant but I like most everything. Thanks for the chance.

  27. We do not do the Feast of Seven Fishes. My favorite Mexican food is tacos I think, I like any Mexican food though. 🌮

  28. We do not do the Feast of Seven Fishes at Christmas, but I'd love to be invited to dinner at someone's house who does!

    It is impossible for me to choose just one favorite Mexican food! I love refried beans, guacamole, cheese enchiladas, queso, tacos, nachos, sopapillas, and so many other items!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  29. Would love a chance to read these books
    Tay06zia (at) yahoo (dot) com

  30. welcome today. thanks for sharing this dish. my husband will love this. he does not like mexican food but he does like fish of all kinds. I love mexican food. especially enchiladas. mom made the best. she learned from a mexican neighbor.

  31. I love all Mexican food! Thank you for sharing this recipe, and for this chance to Win!

  32. I've never heard of the Feast of Seven Fishes before but I love Mexican food, just had a delicious combo plate for dinner in New Mexico.
    cwsullivan53 at gmail dot com

  33. I like burritos and strawberry margaritas! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  34. The Feast Of Seven Fishes is news to me! I love beef and cheddar burritos...beef and cheese quesadillas...those super-cheese-full burritos from the mini-mart...all the classics. I think they probably don't have much to do with authentic cuisine....

    jsmith[delete brackets]3may[delete brackets]2011

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  35. I know about the Feast of Seven Fishes but do not practice. Love Mexican Food even though I am Italian 😂 especially with a margarita.

  36. I like quesadillas best.

  37. I've never done a Feast of the Seven Fishes. I'll have to look up what it is. Your recipe looks delish. I'm a huge fan of Mexican food. Quesadillas, fajitas (although I'm not a fan of peppers and onions), chalupas, tacos..yummy all.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  38. No we don't do Feast of the Seven Fishes maybe a new tradition? I love any kind a Mexican but give me a good real homemade Mexican Taco 😋

  39. We don’t do the Feast of Seven Fishes. I love Mexican food in general! Last night we had chicken tacos with guacamole. Thank you for the entry. smurphy(at)macados(dot)net .

  40. Wskwared and pgenest are our lucky winners! Thanks for commenting, everyone.