Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Recipe
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Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Recipe

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“I created this recipe for a Cinco de Mayo party, and it was a hit! It’s so easy, yet has a serious ‘wow’ factor. The creamy dipping sauce mellows out the shrimp’s heat perfectly.”—Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:60 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 60 servings


  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped plus 1/4 cup adobo sauce
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh mint

Nutritional Facts

1 shrimp with 1 teaspoon sauce: 27 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, trace fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the brown sugar, chipotles, adobo sauce, garlic, water, lime juice, oil and salt to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; cool completely.
  2. Transfer mixture to a large resealable plastic bag. Add the shrimp; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for up to 2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients; chill until serving.
  4. Drain and discard marinade. Thread shrimp onto metal or soaked wooden skewers. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack.
  5. Grill shrimp, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 6-8 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, turning once. Serve with sauce. Yield: about 5 dozen (1-1/4 cups sauce).
Originally published as Grilled Chipotle Shrimp in Taste of Home April/May 2011, p81

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"Did not care for the shrimp at all; very disappointed given all the great reviews. But the dipping sauce is killer. Will be using that in other recipes."

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014

"Definite WOW factor here! This is our favorite appetizer for parties! Everyone loves them!"

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"This recipe so good...Husband loved it!!"

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"The shrimp had a really nice kick to them and it was delicious. I did mine on the grill and it was perfect. I will definitely make it for future BBQs"

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013

"Everyone LOVED these...couldn't make enough!"

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