Zesty Shrimp and Orange Fajitas with Whole Wheat Tortillas

by Cate on May 6, 2004

Prep time: 30 minutes
Total time: 2 1/2 hours (2 for marinating)
Makes: 6 (14 1/2-ounce) servings

1 cup 100% orange juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 medium onion, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch strips
2 medium red bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch strips
2 medium yellow peppers, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch strips
3 oranges peeled and cut into segments
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 teaspoons cumin powder
2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste
24 10- to 15-count shrimp (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled and de-veined
2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil

Combine all ingredients, except shrimp and oil, in medium mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Toss shrimp into marinade and refrigerate two hours. To cook: Remove shrimp from marinade and let drain for 5 minutes. Drain vegetables from marinade through a large colander over a saucepot. Bring reserved marinade liquid to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes; set aside.

Heat large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the oil to pan. Add shrimp and sauté until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove shrimp from pan and keep warm. Add other half of oil to the pan, followed by drained vegetables. Cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Turn heat up to high and spread the vegetables evenly throughout the pan. Vegetables will start to brown on the bottom of the pan.

Arrange shrimp over the vegetables and add reserved marinade. Serve immediately with a side of your favorite guacamole and a plate of warmed whole wheat tortillas.


12 6- to 8-inch whole wheat tortillas
Non-stick cooking spray
Large cloth napkin or dish towel to keep tortillas warm.

Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly spray one side of each tortilla with non-stick cooking spray. Place tortilla, sprayed-side-down, into hot skillet. Cook until tortilla begins to expand, about one minute, then flip over and cook another minute. Place tortilla on large napkin. Repeat until all tortillas are cooked.

Stack tortillas as you cook them, then wrap with napkin and place on a serving plate.

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