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
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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, 0 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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mrscrazyed1 User ID: 6143812 228108
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."

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 193045
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014

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

Pocahantas User ID: 2200135 195675
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

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

cej222000 User ID: 7569548 116750
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"

thochstett User ID: 7318377 194525
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013

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

cmhattersley User ID: 6434584 193041
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"This is a fantastic recipe! We make it for every cookout and it always impresses!! Definitely a dish that impresses!"

pamdevone User ID: 3875916 132092
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"It was delicious, the shrimp had so much flavor, it was a fantastic marinade. Thanks for the recipe!"

karenzacharias User ID: 2759617 177942
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2012

"Not sure which I like better, the shrimp or the sauce! Both are favs."

karenzacharias User ID: 2759617 212463
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2012

"Not sure which I like better, the shrimp or the sauce! Both are favs"

tp0615 User ID: 1662177 150060
Reviewed May. 5, 2012

"This is a fabulous recipe! The marinade gives the shrimp heat and the wonderful dipping sauce cools them down. This is perfect and I wouldn't change a thing."

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