The Chew: Mario Batali Rock Shrimp Torta Recipe + Serrano Salsa


The Chew: Tex-Mex Tortas

Mario Batali said that one of his favorite Tex-Mex foods is the Torta, which is often filled with the ingredients of a taco. This Shrimp Torta Recipe included Rock Shrimp, but you could improvise on any of the ingredients based on how you like your tacos (think fish or pork as a protein option).

Telera is a type of bread roll that Mario thought was perfect for this sandwich. Ask for it at a Mexican bakery. Carla thought it was a good amount of bread to help absorb some of the spicy sauce.


The Chew: Mario Batali Rock Shrimp Torta Recipe Ingredients

The Chew: Mario Batali Rock Shrimp Torta Recipe + Serrano Salsa

Make a delicious Tex-Mex meal with this Rock Shrimp Torta Recipe served on Telera bread that gives you spicy sauce and crunchy texture from salsa and slaw.

You can use any shrimp that do not have tails on them. Mario had an important tip for habanero peppers: you are safe to touch them as long as you don’t cut into them. That oil can make your dish way too hot, and it could also burn if you accidentally touch your eye after handling a cut habanero.

  • 1 lb Rock Shrimp
  • 2 chopped Jalapeno Peppers
  • 1 segmented Orange
  • 1/2 bottle Mexican Beer
  • 1 cup fine Cornmeal
  • 1/2 sliced Red Onion
  • 1 Habanero Pepper
  • Mayo
  • sliced Avocado
  • 6 halved, toasted Telera Buns
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Salsa Ingredients

The salt in this salsa helps to crisp the onions by drawing out the moisture.

  • 1 chopped Serrano Pepper
  • 4 chopped Scallions
  • 1 minced Red Onion
  • Juice of 1/2 Grapefruit
  • Salt

Slaw Ingredients

  • 2 cups thin sliced Green Cabbage
  • 1/4 cup chopped Cilantro
  • Juice of 2 Limes
  • Salt & Pepper

Mario Batali: The Chew Rock Shrimp Tortas Recipe Directions

  1. Add salt and pepper to cornmeal. Toss shrimp in the mixture.
  2. Heat oil in a saute pan on medium high.
  3. Cook shrimp until opaque and transfer to a bowl.
  4. Cook jalapenos and onion in the pan to brown them.
  5. Add orange segments, beer, and habaneros, cooking until aromatic.
  6. Return shrimp to the pan.
  7. Once sauce melds together, remove from heat and take out habaneros.
  8. Mix salsa ingredients with salt and pepper. Let stand 20 minutes before serving.
  9. Toss cilantro, cabbage, and lime juice with salt and pepper.
  10. Assemble sandwiches as desired, layering mayo with shrimp, salsa, slaw, and avocado.


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