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Jerk Shrimp Summer Nachos

Posted by Denise on August 12, 2013

jerk shrimp nachos on tray
Colorful and tasty, Jerk Shrimp Summer Nachos are surprisingly light and are a perfect start to a summer meal. The shrimp take very little time to cook and the cheese melts fast. No need to heat the whole kitchen up to make these!

I love having recipes available that are really easy to put together and make a delicious appetizer or snack for when friends visit or even occasionally for a light meal. We call these our summer nachos because they combine summery mango salsa with spicy shrimp to make a really great tasting, fresh version of our normal nachos.

We used a purchased jerk spice for the shrimp. If you prefer, make your own blend. Coat the shrimp well with the spices before cooking them for maximum flavor. We like the heat of Pepper-Jack cheese, which is Monterey Jack cheese made with bits of jalapeno peppers in it, but when we are serving friends who may not like things quite as spicy, we tone it down using regular Monterey Jack cheese and not as much or no spice on the shrimp.


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Jerk Shrimp Summer Nachos

jerk shrimp summer nachos ingredients 

Jerk Shrimp Summer Nachos ingredients.  


Makes 4 servings





tablespoons packed brown sugar


tablespoons Jamaican jerk seasoning


pound medium or large peeled, deveined uncooked shrimp


Nonstick cooking spray


cups tortilla chips (about 8 ounces)


ounces Pepper-Jack cheese (Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno peppers in it) or if you don’t want it as spicy, use regular Monterey Jack cheese, shredded


Sour cream, if desired


Mango salsa, recipe here



1.   In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar and jerk seasoning together. Add the shrimp and stir to coat the shrimp completely in the seasoning mixture. Spray a heavy skillet or grill pan with the nonstick spray and heat over medium-high heat on the stove.  Add half of the shrimp at a time and cook until opaque and cooked through, about 2 minutes each side. Remove to a plate and set aside, keeping them warm.

 jerk seasoning with brown sugar jerk shrimp cooking

2.  Turn the broiler on in the oven. Spread half of the tortilla chips in a single layer on a cookie sheet, sheet cake pan or other broiler-safe pan and sprinkle about one-third of the cheese over the top of them. Add another layer of chips loosely over the top of the first layer and top evenly with the remaining cheese. Broil 4” away from the heating element for 1 to 2 minutes or until the cheese is hot and melted, but not browned.


3.  Transfer hot cheesy chips to serving platter if desired. Sprinkle the warm shrimp and mango salsa over the top. Add sour cream on the side or plant a dollop right smack in the middle, if desired. Serve and enjoy!

jerk shrimp with mango salsa on tortillas

jerk shrimp on platter 1


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