Camarones a la Diabla – Diablo Shrimp Recipe

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Camarones a la diabla is one of those items that is on almost every Mexican/Tex-Mex/South American restaurant menu but every place you order it, it’s completely different. Sometimes it’s made with a dark red chile de arbol sauce, sometimes with habanero salsa, sometimes with chipotle peppers, and sometimes — in terrible places — it’s more like shrimp covered in spicy barbecue sauce.

My version of camarones a la diabla uses tomato and guajillo chiles for the base, with chile de arbol and habanero for the heat because, for us, chile de arbol alone didn’t cut it. A little vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper and there you have a very easy (and quick) diablo shrimp on the table!

Serve it with white rice and black beans. Fried plantains or summer squash or a salad are good choices for a vegetable side dish. Have your rice and beans already cooked and hot before you start cooking the shrimp because once the shrimp is in the pan, dinner is almost ready!

If you make the sauce a few days ahead of time, you’ll set yourself up for a nearly instant dinner.

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Camarones a la Diabla Recipe

Camarones a la Diabla


Camarones a la Diabla – Diablo Shrimp Recipe

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  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 pound medium or large shrimp, peeled with tails left on
  • 1 Roma tomato
  • 2 guajillo chiles
  • 34 chile de arbol or chile Japon
  • 1 habanero (only for heat-lovers)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 onion, sliced into strips


  1. Peel the shrimp, leaving the tails on for presentation. Lay on a towel to dry. Set aside while you make the sauce.
  2. Chop the tomato and put it in the blender.
  3. Toast the guajillo and arbol chiles in a dry skillet until fragrant. Cover with boiling water and simmer 5 minutes until softened. Remove stems and seeds from guajillo.
  4. Transfer to blender with habanero, garlic, vinegar, salt, pepper. Puree until smooth. (You can stop here and refrigerate the sauce for several days.)
  5. Heat half the butter in a large skillet and add the onion strips. Saute a few minutes over medium-high until softened and the butter starts to brown. Remove onions and butter.
  6. Add remaining butter and melt. Lay shrimp in a single layer and cook 60 seconds. Turn and cook 30 seconds. Add onions and sauce and stir gently. Simmer 30-60 seconds. Serve.


  • Calories: 166
  • Fat: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 7
  • Protein: 16

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  1. Laura on September 8, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    ay caramba! that looks delish!

    • Hilah on September 11, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks, Laura!

  2. Mike on September 15, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Love all the recipes! Miss living in Texas! And all the wonderful tastes

    • Hilah on September 15, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks, Mike!

  3. Bec @ Cook Love Eat on September 24, 2016 at 5:05 am

    That sure does look amazing – wish my family enjoyed a bit more spice – when it’s only me, I tend to skip spicy food. Maybe I’ll make this all for myself!!

  4. Bec @ Cook Love Eat on September 25, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Hi – I went to print the recipe – and almost missed the print button. For others, it’s a little icon on the top right of the recipe.
    Thanks again -Dawn

    • jennifer courdway on June 29, 2021 at 3:00 pm

      Do you use a raw Roma tomato?

  5. Chuck Hickl on August 19, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Wow! This recipe came out spectacular. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hilah on August 20, 2018 at 7:22 am

      Yay! Thanks, Chuck!

  6. Jeannette on August 25, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Spicy and delicious!!! Added Mexican table cream To put the flame out a bit. It was so goid! Thank you for this recipe!

  7. Omar on January 8, 2020 at 10:04 am

    these look good but as a Mexican I would never put shrimp with rice….

  8. MaKayla on April 25, 2020 at 11:45 am

    If you open and deseed the chiles BEFORE you boil them, its way easier to do..

  9. Rosie on March 15, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Then what would you eat Camarones a la Diabka with? Just curious, cause I’ve only ate them with Mexican (red rice) or white rice. At all Mexican restaurants I’ve eaten at they also serve them with rice.

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