Slightly spicy guajillo chile sauce is combined with cooked nopales served on shrimp patties! Tortitas de Camarón con Nopales – a traditional Mexican Lenten dish.
Did you grow up eating Tortitas de Camarón? I grew up in El Paso and my mom owned a small neighborhood grocery store named Soza’s Grocery. We used to sell whole dried shrimp and camaron molido (dried shrimp powder) and I remember we had many customers who would buy them during Lent.
I always wondered what they made with them. My grandma and my mom were not fond of seafood, and besides tuna fish sandwiches we didn’t eat much seafood growing up.
These tortitas are similar in texture to the breading of a chile relleno. Light and fluffy patties made of dried shrimp and whipped eggs. In fact, they are very similar to shrimp fritters and crab cakes, but airy in texture.
They are like sponges and soak up the red chili sauce that is also a big part of this dish. This red chile sauce is similar to our family red chile sauce to make enchiladas. But this sauce is made with guajillo chiles, one of the most popular dried chilies in Mexico. The slightly spicy guajillo chile sauce is combined with cooked nopales making this delicious served on its own.
You can also add cooked shrimp to this dish for a complete meal. This dish is very popular in Mexico during Lent and Holy Week.
As I mentioned, I did not grow up eating seafood or this dish for that matter, but thankfully my friend Alva showed me how to make her beloved family recipe to share with you all. In addition, I have another friend Anabel who also shared her family recipe with me and they are both very similar.
I’d love to hear from you, did you grow up eating this dish?
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