Camarones a la Diabla

Dinner, Healthy, Quick and Easy, Summer, Whole 30


If you’ve never had camarones (shrimp) a al diabla, here’s a breakdown of how it goes:

A sauce is made. This sauce might remind you of an enchilada sauce. It’s red and flavorful and in this case, a little smoky. This sauce recipe makes quite a bit and part of me wanted to halve it but I actually ended up using it for three other dinners last week.

1st dinner: I made this.
2nd dinner: I tossed it with roasted eggplant and vegetables and ate it with quinoa.
3rd dinner: I made this again.
4th dinner: Josh used it to braise some flank steak (using one of our favorite kitchen gadgets) AND then we put it in tacos for Friday taco night and it was boooomb.

After the sauce is made, the rest of the dinner is so easy.

You cook up some shrimp and then add a few ladles of this sauce to the shrimp.

Whatever you do, DO NOT OVERCOOK THE SHRIMP. Overcooked shrimp is so sad and actually makes me angry.

I love exploring and cooking Latin dishes I’m not super familiar with.

While Mexican ingredients weren’t what my mom and grandma cooked with, it still reminds me of Peruvian food. Mexican food is layered and complex and there are peppers and spices that remind me a lot of home.

I love us. I love the food we make. And even though we’re not all the exact same, when I cook Mexican dishes (and other Latin dishes), I’m like dang, we’re not that different either.

If you can believe it (also: if you care), this dish is actually #WHOLE30 (minus the rice). The sauce is vegan so you really could use it to top all sorts of things it’s super versatile and very healthy. And I haven’t tried it but I have a feeling it’d be a good thing to freeze, too.

I’ve been making quick summer-type dishes and this is something I want to eat every single hot day for the rest of the summer.

Shrimp (Camarones) a la Diabla

5 from 3 votes
Camarones (shrimp) a la Diable is so tasty. Spicy sauce is made and then the shrimp is cooked in it. Served over rice, this is a delicious meal. 
CourseMain Course
Keywordcamarones, como hacer camarones a la diabla, shrimp a la diabla
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Serving Size: 4
Calories: 384kcal


Lime Rice:

  • 1 cup of medium-grain rice
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

A La Diabla Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 6 roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 white onion, peeled and stem cut off
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 2 dried guajillo chiles
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 chipotle in adobo, plus 1 tablespoon of the sauce from the can (If you’re adverse to spice just add the chile, no sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste

For Assembly:

  • 1 avocado, sliced, for serving
  • More cilantro, for serving
  • 2 teaspoons neutral flavored oil, such as vegetable or canola or peanut oil
  • 1 pound shrimp, deveined and peeled (tails still on)
  • Limes, for serving


To Make the Lime Rice:

  • I make rice in a rice cooker because that’s what I grew up doing. Cook the rice, per the instructions of your machine, until fluffy.
  • Add juice from 1 lime to the rice, along with 2 tablespoons of minced cilantro. Set aside until you’re ready to serve.

To Make the A La Diabla Sauce:

  • In a big saucepan or Dutch oven, set over high heat, add the vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, add the roma tomatoes and sear on first side for about 3 to 5 minutes, flip, using tongs, and sear on the opposite side for an additional 2 minutes. You may need to do this in batches. Remove the tomatoes and set them aside in a bowl or on a cutting board.
  • Next, add the onion, garlic cloves and guajillo chiles, searing and toasting them for about 2 to 3 minutes. Take a peek at the onion and if it needs more time, leave it for an additional minute or two. Remove the onion and garlic cloves and set them aside. Add the tomatoes back to the pot with the chiles and add 2 cups of water. Cover the pot and cook for about 10 minutes. This will soften the tomatoes quite a bit and soften the chiles too.
  • To a blender, add the garlic cloves, seared onion and the chipotle in adobo and sauce. You may need to blend this sauce in batches, depending on how big your blender is (I had to do in batches). Add the tomatoes and the broth and the chiles to the blender. Pulse until smooth, making sure to allow a bit of steam out of the blender.
  • Pour it back to the pot and add a teaspoon of salt. Bring to a gentle simmer, over medium-low heat and cover the pot. Cook for an additional 10 minutes. Just until the flavors can merry all together. Give it a taste and add salt to taste. I added an additional teaspoon or two.
  • This recipe makes a big batch of sauce. See below for other ideas to eat it with. It stays good in the fridge for up to a week and a half, if kept in an airtight container. It freezes well too so definitely think about doing that!

To Make Shrimp a La Diabla:

  • Shrimp cook very quickly and overcooked shrimp are SAD! So make sure you get everything ready before hand. Set the table. Get your drinks ready. Slice up your avocado and cilantro.
  • In a medium skillet, set over medium-high heat, add a tablespoon of neutral flavored oil. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp and cook for about 30 to 40 seconds per side. You’ll know they’re cooked because they’ll turn from translucent to opaque and pink. If you need to, using your tongs, turn the shrimp onto their deveined side. I sometimes do this to make sure they’re cooked.
  • Turn off the heat and pour in a few ladles of a la diabla sauce into the skillet. Toss them around in the sauce and serve immediately.
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    Reply Şişli Klima Servisi July 18, 2017 at 10:01 am

    It looks delicious. Thank you.

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    Reply Jamie | A Sassy Spoon July 18, 2017 at 10:39 am

    YAS GIRL! I love camarones enchilados too! My mom’s been making it for years, especially during Spring/Summer and now I do too. The Cuban version is similar which is what you said – we’re not that different. Must try the flank steak idea!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme July 18, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      your girl loves dat dish! i forgot about that. sofrito is my shit!

      we’re def not that different. 🙂

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    Reply Rhoda Chilcoat July 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    What size shrimp did you use, Adrianna?

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme July 18, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      I used pretty big shrimp. I think the count was like 15 or 16 but really any size would do as long as it’s one pound. 🙂

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    Reply Laura Hulick July 18, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    5 stars
    I made this for dinner because I had (nearly) all the ingredients. It was spicy in just the right way and was totally delicious. So excited to have leftover sauce for tacos later this week! Thank you!!

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    Reply Francesca Catanuso July 18, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    This girl will be on the hunt for guajillo and adobe this weekend

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    Reply Eshika Roy July 20, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    I literally started having hunger pangs halfway through the post. It looks amazing and I bet it also tastes delicious too. It is the perfect dish to cook up in this season. I can’t wait to try it . Looking forward to reading more delectable recipes in the upcoming posts.

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    Reply Vanessa August 30, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    5 stars
    This was soo good! I used New Mexico chiles because I had them on hand – not sure how different the spice level is from guajillo but it worked. So easy and perf for weeknights in the summer!
    Side note… I’ve been using the extra sauce to make these super easy migas all week and it is also bomb in that. My non-recipe goes something like this: fry up some veg (green onions, bell peppers, spinach), add some corn tortilla strips, scramble in some eggs, add a couple spoons of delicious sauce, top with cilantro (obvs.) I’m obsessed!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme August 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      WHOA! That is so freakin’ cool that it works with New Mexico chiles. Umm…I would say that New Mexican chiles are probably spicer; guajillos aren’t really that spicy. But I bet it was delicious!

      Damn those migas sound so good!!!

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    Reply Jon September 13, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    5 stars
    Where did you find that walnut handle serving spoon in the pics? Didn’t see it in the shop.

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