Spicy Cajun Shrimp Crunchy Tacos - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

in photography •  last year 

How in the world have two whole weeks past since the last time I shared a taco Tuesday? It feels like merely a few days.

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How are you guys? Have you been enjoying the year so far? I hope so. My year has been good but a bit of a whirlwind so far. I’ve decided it’s way WAY worse to have a loved one going through something terrible and painful when you’re powerless to help than to be going through it yourself. I mentioned a few posts ago about a family member (my aunt) that has been unwell, and I can’t gloss over the fact that it’s been making my real life a struggle this past few weeks. These things always have a huge ripple effect with family.

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For me, I just don’t deal with situations like this well at all. I don’t know, I guess not having much I can physically do to help makes me feel awful, but maybe that’s why I turn to trying to help out in any other way that I can, which often involves making food. It’s been fun to have a very full house though. Some of my extended family are staying here because we live so close to the hospital while their home is about an hour drive from here. #NorthIdahoLife

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Yesterday I discovered that taking two teenage boys with you to the gym and grocery shopping with you to get them out of the house may not be the smartest idea in the world. Wow all you moms, how do you do it? Haha, I took my brother and cousin with me and I thought the check-out employee was going to kick us out because of all their shenanigans. Silly boys.

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Also, the days seem to drastically be getting longer and our weather has been unseasonably warm here which I think is causing some weird weather. Last night the wind was crazy strong It was actually so strong that we lost power for a little while. With so many people in the house, that was pretty hilarious. Yep, it’s so warm that the snow is almost all completely melted making the grass show through everywhere, and that’s so unusual up here. I’m really glad to start having more daylight hours though. It’s always challenging to catch the right photography light in the Winter.

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And speaking of photography, you probably wouldn’t have guessed this since most normal people don’t spend hours of their lives photographing food, but hard-shell tacos are really difficult subjects to make look good, just saying. I rarely use them because my household is primarily on team flour tortilla, but I felt in this case the crunchy route was the way to go.

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Of course none of that is really relevant to this recipe, but what is relevant is that these are so easy. Just to prove how easy they are, I’ll even admit that I decided to make them on a whim when I realized taco Tuesday had snuck up on me and I’d forgotten to do a recipe yet. You see, so they were a last-minute meal that I threw together in about 30 minutes total. I really have been much more organized with thinking ahead but life has a way of changing your plans so drastically that it’s simpler to disregard those plans sometimes, you know? This was one of those times that I did that and it turned out pretty delicious anyway.

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Anyway, these tacos are pretty versatile as far as ingredients and spice level. My family is pretty evenly split on spice preference, only some like it hot, so I keep it mild and let the spice lovers add their own hot sauces and stuff. However, if you know your family are all fans of spicy food then just adjust the spice to your taste. As far as the ingredients, it’s mostly things that you probably have on hand already. The beans can be replaced with any kind of bean instead and the meat can be traded out for fish, chicken, or even sausage if you prefer. Hey this is Cajun food so you can even add a little bit of them all.

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Happy taco Tuesday!

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Spicy Cajun Shrimp Crunchy Tacos


Ingredients

Coleslaw:


2 tablespoons chopped scallions or chives
2 cups coleslaw mix
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/4 cup mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon celery seed

Tacos:


1 pound uncooked shrimp (devained+shelled with tail on or off)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 large stalk celery, diced
1 bell pepper (any color) seeded and diced
2 small tomatoes, diced
1 (15 ounce) can cooked kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 teaspoon cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
12 small crunchy corn taco shells (gf if needed)

Optional Toppings:


hot sauce
sour cream
salsa
chopped chives
guacamole

Instructions

Coleslaw:


Mix the vinegar, mustard, mayo, and celery seed in a medium bowl. Add scallions and coleslaw mix and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to serve tacos.

Tacos:


In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat and add the onion, bell pepper, and celery. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the onions are translucent. Add in the tomato, and seasonings and cook about 1 minutes more.
Add the shrimp and beans and cook until the shrimp is fully pink and done. Reduce heat to low and simmer over hear until the mixture has thickened slightly.
Turn off heat and fill each taco shell with the hot shrimp mixture and top with coleslaw and any other desired toppings.

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I appreciate the effort and hard-work that made these photos possible. Those tacos are priceless!

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nice pic @supadupa

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thanks so much for taking the time to comment @hiroyamagishi

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@hiroyamagishi really appreciate the effort and hard work of @gringalicious . Hope @gringalicious continues to make delicious food

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Good appetite

That looks like a treat!!

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thanks so much @yummyrum

I am really sorry about your aunty, all my prayers go to her!!! and this dish looks amazing!! i lost my grandma to cancer, so i know how hard it can be! stay strong !!!xxxx

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thanks so much for your well wishes and prayers for my aunt. She is doing better and might come home in a few days, we are hoping.

And, thanks for the compliments on this dish, I really appreciate it

Tacos and beautiful pictures....with a bonus recipe, this had to be resteemed on BestOfSteem!

You have a new follower, thank you!

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thanks so much for the great commenting @bestofsteem

looks so tasty! thanks for the recipe!

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thanks so much for commenting on my post @steemitfriend

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no problem))

Wow... just marvellous... fantastic...

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thanks so much for commenting with such kind words @wilku

Gorgeous photos, just amazing work as always!!

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thanks so much for all of your support @noboxes

Crazy cool food photography. The tacos look AWEsome!!

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thanks so much for your continued support @freerunner

I think I have it figured out. If you ever see a hand pop out of your camera and grab some food, do not be alarmed. That's just me and I'll make sure to wash my hands first.

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Please do wash your hands first, I'm kind of weird about clean hands and food.

Ok, I'm giving this some more thought,... Are you really certain you have it figured out?

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Well, I keep breaking screens on this end. There seems to be some sort of force field. I'll get to the bottom of this. I just need more time, and a few more screens.

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don't look now, but you're turning into a foodie - don't worry, I won't tell

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"Is that a food porn magazine?!"

No.. yes, wait... No! ...I was reading the articles! I promise!

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Yeah, the articles, got it

Beautiful, amazingly high quality photography. This is real talent!!

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Always so incredibly supportive, thanks so much @mamaloves

Wow My Yummy in Da House Lady doing what she knows best...I like the tacos a lot and will go with a red dry wine for me...hope you will join!!! Upped.
I mentioned you on my latest post about branding...feel free to see it. I wish you more success

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ah, a nice dry red wine, that would be great. thanks so much for the great idea and for the great commenting @charles1

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welcome my dearest one-always... and dont forget to join me!!! maybe half dry red wine for you...

Oh my thank you for this. I can tell it's packed with flavor mmm

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thanks so much for commenting @showtime24

that looks way too good! thanks for sharing :D

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thanks so much for commenting @stockhausen

Good Job.

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thanks

Oh no I'm sorry to hear about your aunt, I completely agree with you that watching or experiencing another family member go through pain seems much worse than if it was you, I think it's probably the feeling of being helpless (for me anyway).

Tacos, we love tacos in our household and I've always wanted to make an alternative to our chilli con carne one so this one looks like a real winner !! I also agree with you that it is so hard to make hard-shell tacos look good...evident in my recent taco post but you're so good at making food look good!! Love the idea of stacking the tacos, gives it great height which made a real difference I think.

Great recipe, amazing photos as always, thank you for sharing!

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Amazing commenting @phamished, thanks so much. thank you for the kind words regarding my aunt, she went home from the hospital yesterday, it was beautiful. She still has a long road in front of her, but the future is bright.

So glad you like the tacos, I hope you give them a try.

Hi my darling! These tacos 🌮 looks so amazing, just i get the recipe from my friend but not yet try it, but when i check out yours, I can give it try, I can put the chicken in the place the shrimp 🍤?
Thank you very much for your nice recipe!

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absolutely, chicken instead of shrimp, no problem. I hope you make your own post about it. Thanks so much for great commenting as always @creativewoman

Im so sorry to hear about the past weeks u all have been through... I hope your aunts gets well soon🤞
Its good that you have a comforting zone with your food. A good way to cope with things sometime.
I havent had experiences with taking teenagers out to buy things but.... wait till u have to do it with toddlers!!! Sometimes you just have to suck it in and bare it! 😆
Hope u have a lovely healthy week dear @gringalicious💪☺

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Well, I hope it will be some time before I find out what you mean about my own toddlers - LOL. thanks so much for the fantastic commenting and for your continued support @cooknbake

Lawdy!!! Yes please 🙌🙌🙌

I'm team flour tortilla myself, but there's nothing quite like the crunch factor of tacos.

Have you tried turning that glorious mix into nachos? ;) You know get the crunch and additional fun factor.

I'm one of those people who can't eat tacos without losing everything inside it.

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me too, love the food

It looks delicious, we eat a lot of bean here in Brazil, but I never thought of eating them with shrimps. I will have to try it!

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excelente

This looks Superb and Yummylicious !

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thanks so much for the continued support @akkha

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You are welcome my friend ! Hope support and feedback from you too ! You are great
n yummylicious !!

Looks so appetizing! :) upvoted and following! :)

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thanks so much for the upvote and follow @pau

Ahh , Looking yummy

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thanks so much for commenting @ronnie1

Delicious looking! Great photography!

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thanks so much for the kind words @cryptomatic1

Wow it looks amazing yummy crunchy and delicious.... amazing photography thanks for sharing the recipe......by the way shrimp is my favourite....

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I am thrilled you liked it @universalpro, thanks so much for commenting

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I don't get it

GOOD JOB

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Beneficial food for health ... for everyone

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thanks so much for taking the time to comment @lovetouch

Amazing photos as per usual, would love to see you at work

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thanks so much for the kind words @njoromuts

nice test looking

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great to hear, thanks

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welcome

oh my god i will eat your photos now can you tell me what is you camera and you obyektiv

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That looks delicious. I should go on a diet ...

amazing post my steemit friend wish you good luk thank you

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sorry, I don't get it

wow this is a good post. i will try to make it at home

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i love tacos ^^

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This looks awesome! I'm gonna try it soon! :-)

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thanks so much @myranda

This looks amazing! We found a good rice tortilla for my little allergic one, and we've just moved up from sprouted lentils to sprouted adzuki beans, so I think we can try this! I'll let you know how our allergen-free version works out. And by the way, I drove by Dub's again today (just realized I accidentally wrote Bub's on my comment). It was weird seeing so many green yards! We're 20 minutes out of town, so while my driveway is clear, we've still got a couple feet of snow everywhere else! 😉

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awesome to hear you're near by. We will be having a steem meetup soon, so stay tuned. Hopefully before the end of Feb.

If you make your own version of these tacos, I encourage you to make a post about it.

In CDA, we only have snow piles in the parking lots. I am really bummed, we just moved back from Chile and I wanted snow!

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I would love to actually meet some Steemians face to face! ♥️
I'll try to post about the tacos when I make them. I have a lot to learn about food photography and blogging in general. We've been on this diet journey for nearly a decade and I've shared soany posts with my friends on other media sites and they encouraged me to start blogging, but with 4 kids & homeschooling, I'm lucky if I remember to include all the ingredients, much less take a bunch of photos! 🤣🤣Anyway, we're never too old to learn, right? So I'm going to give it my best shot.
Btw, when we were in California, some friends of ours went to Chile to build a church, then made some friends whose kids ended up coming to CA as exchange students. They had such beautiful stories and photos. It's such a blessing that you've been able to experience so much!

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wow, well when it comes to commenting, you're a super star. That is actually one of the hardest parts about steem and you got it.

Don't worry about the quality of your photos, you have to start some where.

Good to hear about the exchange students, those are great opportunities

love your photos and the food, here at home we love Mexican, and with the tortillas, you can field them with so many staff...wish the best to your ant...

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You had me at spicy shrimp and guacamole. 😍

Beautiful job, as always!

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Thanks so much for the super kind words @coruscate

wooooooow...................I hope very yummy .....!!

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thanks so much for taking the time to comment

The way you set these images up and the composition! I can practically taste the tacos!!!! it looks so amazing! bravo!

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Wow. Delicious dish! thanks for sharing. Already resteemed.

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thanks so much for commenting on my post and for the resteem

Aww, in addition to your recipe, I love the note you've indicated to all minnows. Thank you for both. Cheers!

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thanks so much for commenting on my post @sy

@gringalicious Hey :) This looks sooooo delisious. Great combo !! Best wishes to you always. - @splendorhub

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thanks so much for the awesome continued support @splendorhub

That looks AMAZING! Why do I always run across these posts when I'm hungry? lol

Thanks for your post, especially with the incredible images and recipes. I know why I started following you a long time ago. lol

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thanks so much for your continued support @rip-youtube

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You're welcome.

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Wow this is amazing! Didn't have breakfast today make me super hungry looking at this !Great photos !

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thanks so much for the great commenting @mynewlife

As always it's a mouth watering sight, :). Can you please help me with sndbox info how does it work? is it worth it? shall I subscribe ? Your guidance will be much appreciated. Thanks

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you are so sweet @tamsguitar. In regards to sndbox, you have to be nominated. The next round does not begin until March. Ask me again around the 15th of March

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Thanks Dear. Surely I will.

Thanks for the recipe! I can't read your posts on an empty stomach)))

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I understand, I hear that from time to time. Thanks so much for the commenting @naditinkoff

Wow! So tempting, it really looks so great! I'm loving it 😊

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i am a food lover, everytime i have never eaten tacos and i want to try eating this tacos once, please follow me back and upvote

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don't beg for votes and follows, it's tacky

Haha why you always come to new food i every time want to eat but you don't give me haha😖😖

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thanks so much for commenting on my post @farhan12

Looks like so delicious,yummy and spicy. These foods makes me hungry.

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Stay strong and we're all praying that your Aunt will get better soon! Do what you need/can do to help, but also do want helps you deal with the situation.
The post looks great as always and loving the twist on these Mexican tacos. They look like they would be packed with flavor!

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thanks so much for the prayers @travelling-two. She moved to a normal room today, that was awesome.

And thanks for the super kind words regarding the tacos, I am thrilled you liked them

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a little heavy for morning breakfast ☺ @gringalicious

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Yes, I would suppose so, but perfect for dinner. Thanks @mendiyusuf!

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I love it because you like it☺

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I've been good friends with you☺☺🙏

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Looks delicious.

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thanks so much for commenting @wa2qr

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Please don't mention. Your work deserves appreciation.Cheers

Looks like this is very tasty, you are incredible @gringalicious, Amazed

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thanks so much for taking the time to comment @anasz, I appreciate it!

I hope your aunt will get over the hard times and everything will be fine. Btw your food looks so delicious, I can't wait to try this by myself!

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thanks so much for the well wishes for my aunt and for the compliment on my post @xuanito.

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Thank you very much!!! :)

Wow amazing!!

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thanks so much @khamil

This is what i love to eat this is made with love and joy :D

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thanks so much for the continued support @blazing

Exellent post I like this post

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those tacos look freakin awesome - nom nom nom indeed :) As a lover of mexican food, this is one to try!

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thanks so much for the kind words

Wow, let me first say, that these tacos look fantastic! But not only that, your photography and your writing is perfect as well, and I really enjoyed reading your post! Have a good day :-)

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I am so glad you enjoyed my post @josefinemk, thanks so much for commenting

Waw so delicious, iam beginner in food. This post is very interesting. Thanks for sharing from @gdfood

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Thanks so much for commenting @gdfood

This look truly amazing! yum

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thanks so much for commenting