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Feb 8, 2014

Shrimp and Crab Seafood Enchiladas with Jalapeno Cream Sauce Recipe

These unique and delicious shrimp and crab enchiladas with a creamy sauce are perfect for dinner any night of the week! Pepper jack cheese, jalapeno and garlic add so much flavor to this Mexican comfort food meal!


Shrimp and Crab Seafood Enchiladas with Jalapeno Cream Sauce



These unique and delicious shrimp and crab enchiladas with a creamy sauce are perfect for dinner any night of the week! Pepper jack cheese, jalapeno and garlic add so much flavor to this Mexican comfort food meal!


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These unique and delicious shrimp and crab enchiladas with a creamy sauce are perfect for dinner any night of the week! Pepper jack cheese, jalapeno and garlic add so much flavor to this Mexican comfort food meal!


A couple weeks ago my sister, Shantel and I had a huge craving for some seafood enchiladas!

We have a local restaurant here in Saint Cloud, Minnesota called LaCasita and their seafood enchiladas are fantastic.

But who wants to spend money going out to eat, when you can make a full pan at home for the same price?? Not us!

We went shopping for all the ingredients and got started in the kitchen!!

This recipe is SO good and fairly easy to make! I love biting into the big chunks of shrimp and crab and the sauce is delicious!

It's not quite the same as the restaurant, but defintely a good substitution when you're planning meals at home.

I used imitation crab because let's be real, we're poor and on a budget. But real crab would be absolutely amazing and it's worth the splurge if you're able.


These unique and delicious shrimp and crab enchiladas with a creamy sauce are perfect for dinner any night of the week! Pepper jack cheese, jalapeno and garlic add so much flavor to this Mexican comfort food meal!


What's in seafood enchiladas?


  • Flour tortillas: This thin, soft flatbread made from wheat flour is easy to use and great for enchiladas. You can make them homemade, or use store bought like I did. They contain less than 100 calories per tortilla. 

  • Pepper jack cheese: This cheese is made with cow's milk and contains a blend of three peppers, jalapeno, serrano and habanero. It melts well, has great flavor with a semi firm texture. 

  • Raw shrimp: Shrimp aka prawns are defintely a favorite at our house. They're fast and easy to prepare, budget friendly and delicious. We usually purchase them at Sam's Club for the best value. 

  • Garlic: My love for garlic is real. I use it in almost everything I cook and I love the health benefits it offers. Garlic is part of the onion, leek and chive family. It's great for heart health and contains many vitamins and minerals. 



These unique and delicious shrimp and crab enchiladas with a creamy sauce are perfect for dinner any night of the week! Pepper jack cheese, jalapeno and garlic add so much flavor to this Mexican comfort food meal!


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This recipe is ready in these steps:


  • Drizzle the olive oil into a pan and add garlic and shrimp 
  • Saute, then add crab, parsley, salt and pepper 
  • Saute, remove from heat. Stir in pepper jack cheese and set aside
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter. Once butter is melted, add the flour, then cook 
  • Add the milk, sour cream, jalapeno, garlic and salt, whisk and heat
  • Place shrimp and crab mixture across each tortilla and roll up 
  • Place seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat 
  • Pour sauce over the top of the enchiladas, spread to cover if needed 
  • Sprinkle pepper jack cheese over the top 
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until sauce is bubbly
  • Serve with green onions sprinkled on top



Full recipe below



These unique and delicious shrimp and crab enchiladas with a creamy sauce are perfect for dinner any night of the week! Pepper jack cheese, jalapeno and garlic add so much flavor to this Mexican comfort food meal!


You can add or substitute with the following ingredients:


  • scallops
  • Anaheim pepper
  • Mexican cheese blend
  • cilantro
  • Monterey jack cheese 
  • black beans
  • corn
  • green chiles




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These unique and delicious shrimp and crab enchiladas with a creamy sauce are perfect for dinner any night of the week! Pepper jack cheese, jalapeno and garlic add so much flavor to this Mexican comfort food meal!



Shrimp and Crab Seafood Enchiladas with Jalapeno Cream Sauce

Yield: 6 enchiladas
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ingredients:

  • 6 medium flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • Filling:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups medium raw shrimp, tails removed
  • 8 ounces crab meat, chopped (real or imitation)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • Sauce:
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat a medium sized saute pan over medium high heat. Drizzle the olive oil into the pan and add garlic and shrimp. 
  3. Saute for 2 minutes then add crab, parsley, salt and pepper. 
  4. Saute for 3 more minutes and remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 cup of pepper jack cheese and set aside.
  5. In a medium size saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once butter is melted, add the flour. Cook for one minute stirring constantly until mixture is combined. 
  6. Add the milk, sour cream, jalapeno, garlic and salt. Whisk the mixture together and heat for 2-3 minutes until it starts to thicken. Remove from heat.
  7. Add 1/4 cup sauce to the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish and spread to cover the bottom.
  8. Place shrimp and crab mixture across each tortilla and roll up. Place seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat until finished. 
  9. Pour remaining sauce over the top of the enchiladas, spread to cover if needed, then sprinkle 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese over the top. 
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes until sauce is bubbly and cheese is melted. 
  11. Serve with green onions sprinkled on top.
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These unique and delicious shrimp and crab enchiladas with a creamy sauce are perfect for dinner any night of the week! Pepper jack cheese, jalapeno and garlic add so much flavor to this Mexican comfort food meal!



What readers are saying about this recipe:


  • Jani- I added a little paprika to the sauce. Turned out perfect!
  • Andrea- So yummy and super easy!
  • Kelly- These were delicious! All 4 of our kids loved them!


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3 comments:

  1. These look delicious! I just had chicken enchiladas last night, but maybe I'll try your recipe next time :) Pinned!

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    1. Thanks for pinning, Andi! I love chicken enchiladas! Yum!! :)

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  2. We love this and I put some old bay too in the seafood mixture ans dome in the sauce

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