Shrimp Quesadillas with Mango Salsa

by Suzanne on April 25, 2013

in Appetizers and Snacks, Savory

shrimp quesadillas with mango salsa |Suzanne

I’m always surprised when I enjoy seafood that isn’t fried, I guess it’s because FRIED was the only way I grew up eating seafood or fish. I really DO like fried shrimp with a great batter, perfectly golden then with a tasty dip alongside. Unfortunately, the healthier version without that yummy batter just hasn’t been my cup of tea. I think it has something to do with texture for me more than anything, and if it tastes fishy forget it.

shrimp quesadilla with mango salsa |Suzanne I chose to make these shrimp quesadillas for the Pass the Cookbook Club I assumed I wouldn’t care much for them and that I was trying it for my family who likes shrimp many ways, especially our exchange student who loves shrimp. So who knew I would really like these tasty quesadillas, I’m here to tell you I really liked them. I loved the mango salsa for the topping, it really made the dish for me. Originally the recipe was chosen from Jenny Flake’s cookbook The Picky Palate and her recipe calls for the mango to be cooked inside the quesadilla with the shrimp. The two textures of mango and shrimp weren’t going to work for me cooked together so I created the salsa instead with the mango and I think it works perfectly for me. I like the fruity tropical taste of mango mixed with some savory flavors of garlic, onion, and avocado then the fresh taste of cilantro and lime gives the salsa a bright taste.  If you are like me and some textures of foods have you a bit squeamish then maybe you should try them in different ways instead of thinking ” I just don’t like that type of food”.  Hey, I’m not even a kid and it worked for me.  Just in case you missed the last couple of recipes we’ve made for the cookbook club or you haven’t heard of this little cookbook club called Pass the Cookbook Club, go check out the link to our facebook page and join in on the fun. Don’t forget to check out the other recipes at the end of this post because you might just want to run to the kitchen and start cooking.

Shrimp Quesadillas with Mango Salsa

1 ripe mango chopped
1 avocado chopped
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 jalapeno chopped seeds removed if you don’t like it hot
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 clove garlic minced
2-3 limes
salt to taste
6 tortillas
12 oz. of small shrimp frozen pre-cooked, deveined without tails (about 3 cups)
1 1/2 tsp. Montreal steak seasoning crushed small with mortar and pestle
3 cups Colby jack cheese shredded

Step 1:Peel and chop mango, avocado, red onion, jalapeno and cilantro put into a medium bowl. Mince the garlic, juice 1 lime and add to the bowl then sprinkle with salt, mix gently and taste test to see if it needs more lime or salt and adjust seasoning.
Step 2:Cook shrimp in a medium fry pan with a tablespoon of butter and the steak seasoning until warmed thoroughly.
Step 3: Butter 2 tortillas on one side. In a 10 inch fry pan put one tortilla butter side down into the skillet sprinkle with cheese and put 1 cup of shrimp on top then the other tortilla on top with the butter side facing up. Cook on medium high heat and until lightly browned and with a wide spatula carefully but quickly turn over the quesadilla and cook until browned.
Step 4: When the quesadilla is done put on a plate then cut into quarters. Serve with the mango salsa. Repeat with the other tortillas.
Serves: 3-4 or makes 12 triangles.


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1 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie April 25, 2013 at 9:51 am

I also made the quesadillas but with chicken. And you’re the second person I’ve seen serve this with mango salsa. Wish I had thought of that!

2 Kristen April 25, 2013 at 10:49 am

If I ever get around to revisiting these recipes, I am definitely going to do the mango salsa. I am certain my family would like it much better than having cooked mango fighting with the shrimp. Your plate looks so good.

3 Jen @JuanitasCocina April 25, 2013 at 10:51 am

Well, we sure did go the same direction with that salsa! LOL! I loved these too! And I really like the seasoning you added. YUM!

4 Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 25, 2013 at 11:30 am

These quesadillas look so tasty, I love the mango salsa!

5 Emily @ Life on Food April 25, 2013 at 11:53 am

These look amazing, especially with the mango salsa. I don’t even like mangos and I would take a big bite out of this dish.

6 Tracey April 25, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Glad these were a surprise hit for you! They’re gorgeous with the mango salsa on top – I think I’d probably do the same thing rather than cook it inside with the shrimp.

7 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts April 25, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I have always been the same way about shrimp. I am now coming around to liking them even if they aren’t fried. The quesadilla sound great!

8 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) April 25, 2013 at 8:26 pm

I love the idea of the mango salsa with the shrimp. This is definitely not your average quesadilla–love it!

9 Patty April 25, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Love, love, love these tasty bites!!! Your pictures are great-they are making me so hungry;-)
This is a perfect recipe to share for Cinco de Mayo festivities!

10 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings April 25, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Wow, all the wonderful taquitos and quesadillas from your Pass the Cookbook Club! I just hopped over here from Erin’s site, and her taquitos made me hungry! But to see your gooey, oozing quesadillas (with shrimps, no less!) + mango avocado salsa…I’m in 7th heaven!

11 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} April 25, 2013 at 10:16 pm

I saw your photo on Instagram and it just caught my eye. Love the brilliant colors and flavors you put together. The cover photo is just perfect. Happy almost Friday to you!!!

12 Jerry | Simply Good Eating April 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Wow nice job with topping off those lovely shrimp quesadillas with the mango salsa. Looks really delicious!

13 dixya@food, pleasure, and health April 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm

i could eat that mango salsa by itself. Im so bummed that i totally forgot to post this month, i made these quesadillas too and it was delightful 🙂

14 CCU April 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm

This flavour combo in quesadillas looks delicious 😀


15 Carol | a cup of mascarpone April 26, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Suzanne, that cheese oozing out of those quesadillas is driving me crazy! They look so delicious! I love that you used shrimp…I have never had shrimp quesadillas, but I bet they’re incredible, especially with the mango salsa…which I would eat on its own! Have a great weekend!

16 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I LOVE quesadillas and add anything with mango and I’m in heaven

17 Lisa April 27, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Hey, Suz..long time no speak but it was good to see you on my blog again 🙂 First off..I wanted to let you know that your link to your blog on Pinterest isn’t working. You put a dash after ‘that’ –

Sorry, “” does not exist or could not be found

So, you need to remove the extra dash. Secondly, shrimp with mango is the best! These quesadillas are out of this world!! I’m definitely making these soon! Finally, your photos are looking even more gorgeous than before and I didn’t think that was possible!

18 Suzanne April 27, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Thanks Lisa for the heads up! Your so sweet about my photos.

19 Terra April 27, 2013 at 10:22 pm

That salsa looks awesome!!!! Hubby and I are on a avocado/guacamole kick lately:-) Your quesadilla looks cheesy and delicious! Hugs, Terra

20 Tessa April 28, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Great looking quesadillas! And that guacamole…. Awesome!

21 Erin @ Texanerin Baking April 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Frying seafood just makes it… so much better. 🙂 I would never eat plain shrimp but fry it and I’ll inhale it.

And love the creativity here! That salsa makes it look just perfect.

22 Amanda @ The Taste Tester April 30, 2013 at 5:32 pm

LOVE the mango salsa idea. I loved these quesadillas, but I would definitely rather have cold mango on the side as opposed to cooked in the quesadilla! You and Jen @ Juanitas Cocina had a great idea here.

23 kita April 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Im giggling as I read this because I have been on the hunt at local restaurants for fish tacos that aren’t fried ;D They are so hard to find! But I guess tons of people do like themselves some fried fish (maybe that explains why my hunt has not been going well). I wasn’t brave enough to try the mango because the texture does freak me out a bit even though I dig the flavor. Its good to know how awesome these were though! Maybe I need to rethink this one.

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