Shrimp Con Queso


Serve this delicious cheesy 30-minute skillet meal with fresh snipped cilantro and a squeeze of lime.

Total Time:
30 mins
12 oz. shrimp + 1 1/2 cups bean mixture


  • 1 pound fresh or frozen medium shrimp in shells

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 cup chopped white onion

  • 1 fresh serrano chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped*

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 ½ cup shredded Chihuahua cheese (6 oz.)

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • Lime wedges


  1. Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact if desired. Rinse shrimp; pat dry. In a medium saucepan heat 1 Tbsp. of the oil over medium. Add 1/2 cup of the onion, half of the serrano pepper, and one-third of the garlic. Cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in beans, 1/4 tsp. of the salt, and 1/8 tsp. of the black pepper; heat through. Remove from heat; cover to keep warm.

  2. Preheat broiler. In a 10-inch oven-going skillet heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil over medium-high. Add remaining onion, serrano pepper, and garlic; cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Stir in shrimp and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. black pepper. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp are opaque, turning once.

  3. Sprinkle shrimp mixture with cheese. Broil 4 inches from heat 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted and starting to brown.

  4. Spoon shrimp mixture over warm bean mixture and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

    cast iron skillet with shrimp topped with cheese and cilantro
    Adam Albright


Chile peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes. Wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with them.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

404 Calories
20g Fat
22g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 404
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 203mg 68%
Sodium 931mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 9.8mg 49%
Calcium 391mg 30%
Iron 2.1mg 12%
Potassium 699mg 15%
Folate, total 11.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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