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Adobo Shrimp & Black Beans
with lime cilantro rice

Active: 30 minTotal: 40 min
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Chipotle (yes, the fast food chain) inspired this dish. Our fajita style shrimp and black beans are made even more flavorful with smokey adobo sauce and Latin spices. If you can't find chipotles in adobo sauce, substitute your favorite hot sauce. Paired with lime cilantro rice, you've got a dish that'll easily put Chipotle out of business. Look for canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in the ethnic aisle of your grocery store.



Lime & Cilantro Rice:
  • Cilantro - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Leftover rice - ~4 cups, white or brown
  • Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Lime juice - 3 Tbsp
  • Hot sauce - as desired
Adobo Shrimp & Black Beans:
  • Shrimp - 1 lb, shelled & deveined
  • Tomato paste - 1/4 cup
  • Adobo sauce (usually found with canned chipotle peppers) - 2 Tbsp
  • Red wine vinegar - 1 Tbsp
  • Cumin - 2 tsp
  • Oregano - 1 tsp
  • Coriander - 1 tsp
  • Chili powder - pinch
  • Kosher salt - 1 tsp
  • Garlic - 4 cloves, minced
  • Red onion - 1, sliced
  • Red peppers - 2
  • Green peppers - 1
  • Cilantro - a few sprigs, chopped
  • Black beans (14 oz / 397 g can) - 1 can, rinsed
  • Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Limes - 1/2, juice of

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  1. Shrimp - Defrost, rinse, and dry.
  2. Sauce - Mix together tomato paste, adobo sauce, and vinegar. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Spices - Mix together cumin, oregano, coriander, chili powder, and salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Garlic / Onions / Peppers / Cilantro (for shrimp & rice) - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  5. Beans - Rinse and drain.


  1. Reheat rice on stovetop or in the microwave. Mix together with cooking oil, lime juice, cilantro, and hot sauce. Season to taste with salt.
  2. Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbs. (15 ml) cooking oil and then shrimp to heated oil. Add in one-third of the tomato / adobo mix and also one-third of the spice mix. Saute until almost done, ~6 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Return pan to medium-high heat and add another tbs. of cooking oil. Add garlic to heated pan and then onions. Saute until softened, 3 to 5 minutes and then add peppers with beans. Add remainder of the sauce and spice mix, and saute until peppers are tender but still crunchy, 3 to 5 minutes. Return shrimp to pan and toss everything through. Finish with a squeeze of lime juice, and season to taste with more salt, pepper, hot sauce, or any of the spices. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

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This meal has 18 reviews

Way way too spicy, had to throw all of it out. what a waste of good ingredients.

By: Emily
Posted: Aug 11, 2015
Diet: Paleo

I went through the archives looking for ingredients that I had on hand. This recipe I had everything except the cilantro and red onion. I skipped the cilantro (boo) and used a large shallot instead of red onion. Otherwise recipe was followed exactly. AMAZING!! So so so gooood! I think this is one of my top 5 at least. I think it was my husbands favorite so far. Delicious, spicy perfection on a plate.

By: Angela
Posted: Apr 06, 2015
Diet: Original

Kind of a lot of work for a fairly one note flavor. It's a good flavor, mind you, but it's not very complex. I'd hoped for more.

By: Amanda
Posted: Sep 27, 2014
Diet: Original

The only reason this didn't get 4 stars was because the meal doesn't stick with you very long. We were snacking not long after dinner, even with a large bowl of it. I also halved the adobo sauce and used brown rice.

By: Karissa
Posted: Mar 17, 2014
Diet: Original

Good! Sauce is a little overwhelming/heavy but really tasty.

By: Kate
Posted: Dec 01, 2013
Diet: Original

My whole family loved this meal. The cook time for the shrimp isn't too long if you buy raw shrimp, and not precooked shrimp. I love the smokiness and the kick that comes from the adobo sauce.

By: Katy
Posted: Oct 29, 2013
Diet: Original