There is one thing I am craving during this heat wave.

Chipotle Beer Shrimp Quesadillas with Spicy Guac I

And I mean, besides a margarita.

All I want are crisp, fresh things. Like fruit and shrimp and stuff like that. Sort of salads, but not really. Since you know how I like my salads. More like melon and milkshakes and things that are water-packed and ultimately cool me down.

If I’m being honest, I really just want popsicles but keep forgetting to buy them and have been too lazy to make my own. Plus… it would probably be physically impossible of me to not accidentally on purpose drop some booze into the popsicle mold.

Chipotle Beer Shrimp Quesadillas with Spicy Guac I

The thing is though that when it comes to beverages, one healthy habit I was born with was to freaking love water. Like, LOVE it. Most days it is all I crave and all I drink. I love it plain, even from the tap. It rarely bores me. I don’t like bubbles. I even remember leaving dance classes when I was younger (we’re talking like 8 years old) and just wanting a giant glass of water and nothing else. I believe that it’s the universe’s way of making up for my asinine adoration of things like bacon and cheese. Oh, bacon cheeseburger with ice water to drink? Automatically healthy. Jessica justification.

So that’s why a marg isn’t the number one thing on my mind. I like to drink those in addition to my water but since I perspire like a man, I’m better off chugging a gallon of water THEN getting my salty rimmed tequila drink on ice.

Chipotle Beer Shrimp Quesadillas with Spicy Guac I

Needless to say, these quesadillas certainly don’t mind a margarita as an accompaniment. The shrimp is marinated in beer so an ice-cold Corona will do the trick too. The quesadillas are also stuffed with mango and tomatoes and are just… refreshing. Well you know, as refreshing as a quesadilla can be. If you have one of those electric griddles or skillets then you don’t even need to turn on the oven. I freaking love mine. We use it constantly.

Oh and I paired it with some quick guacamole that’s mixed with a little heat. So good.

And then I sat in the air conditioning for the rest of the night so I didn’t melt into a giant puddle. Am I one of those people who wants it to be summer all year round and then the minute that it is summer I complain about it being summer? Yep. I am.

Chipotle Beer Shrimp Quesadillas with Spicy Guac I


Chipotle Beer Shrimp Quesadillas with Spicy Guac

Yield: serves 2

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


1/2 pound raw peeled + deveined shrimp
8 ounces of your favorite beer + 2 tablespoons
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lime, juiced + zested
1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles in adobo)
1 teaspoon finely chopped chipotle peppers
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 8-inch flour tortillas
6 ounces freshly grated monterey jack cheese
4 green onions, sliced
1/2 mango, peeled and chopped
1/2 pint grape tomatoes, quartered

spicy guac
1 avocado, mashed
1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon adobo sauce
1 lime, juiced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


Place the shrimp in a large baking dish or ziplock bag. Cover it with the 8 ounces of beer, lime juice and zest, adobo sauce and peppers, salt and pepper. Refrigerate and marinate for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, heat a skillet over medium high heat and add the shrimp with the remaining 2 tablespoons of beer. Cook until the shrimp is pink and opaque, abut 3 to 5 minutes.

To make the quesadillas, heat a large nonstick skillet or electric griddle over medium-low heat. Add a bit of cheese on the bottom of each tortilla, then divide the shrimp evenly between the two. Cover with the mango, tomatoes, onions and remaining cheese, then top with the other tortillas. Cook until the cheese is melted and the sides of the tortillas are crispy. Serve with the guacamole, sour cream or greek yogurt and extra mango.

spicy guac
Combine all ingredients together and mash until combined.

Chipotle Beer Shrimp Quesadillas with Spicy Guac I

Summer food wins.

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98 Responses to “Chipotle Beer Shrimp Quesadillas with Spicy Guac.”

  1. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — July 18, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    Jessica, your quesadillas look incredible! The guac, yum!!! This dish is so me!! I am so bookmarking this recipe!! Thank you so much for sharing! Can’t wait to make and yes, I’ will be making a margarita to go with it! :)


  2. #
    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — July 18, 2013 @ 6:55 am

    Looks ooey gooey amazing.

    I just downloaded an app to track the amount of water I drink. I love it. Helps me see where I am in the day and I get really excited if I see I drank A TON of water that day… kinda important when pregnant, or just being healthy.


  3. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 18, 2013 @ 6:58 am

    I have a ton of avocado to use – the spicy guac looks like a winner!


  4. #
    Aggie — July 18, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    I’m with you on heat wave foods. I feel like that most of the year here in FL (lol)…like yesterday I think I ate a couple pounds of watermelon for lunch. I had too.
    These quesadillas are calling my name!!! They seriously look perfect.


  5. #
    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — July 18, 2013 @ 7:16 am

    No grilled corn?! I can’t believe it.
    And all that cheese…. yes, everything about this is perfect. (but I’m adding corn!)


  6. #
    Shirley@bells-bakery — July 18, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    That guac sounds too good not to try!


  7. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — July 18, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    Oh yessss! I love everything about these – the shrimp, the mango, and especially the spicy guac! Like you, I’m all about the fresh, water packed foods in the summer, especially shrimp and watermelon, which I happen to be devouring a huge bowl of right now (not the shrimp, just the watermelon). I’m away on a road trip with my mum this weekend but I am so making these on Sunday!


  8. #
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun — July 18, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    I think quesedillas are one of my most favorite things. These look amazing!! How the heck do you come up with these amazing recipes??


  9. #
    Kim in MD — July 18, 2013 @ 8:12 am

    I am drooling over this recipe!. Oh, how I wish I could eat shrimp! I will try this substituting fish for the shrimp!


  10. #
    Tieghan — July 18, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    I just made some beer and butter chipotle shrimp, but I put it in something a little less fun than this quesadilla! I mean mangos too? And than spicy guacamole? Heck Yes! No seriously, heck yes! This is awesome!


  11. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — July 18, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    I don’t know why i didn’t think of shrimp in quesadillas… thats why I come here… thanks


  12. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — July 18, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    These are some amazing-looking quesadillas! Now I’m craving them! :)


  13. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 18, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    Helloooo beautiful! I could go for a stack of these and a beer right now! (errr, or maybe a little later than 8am)


  14. #
    Emma @ Bevy Richmond — July 18, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    this looks amazing! i want it now!


  15. #
    Jenni — July 18, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    Summer food definitely wins. It’s 6:35 in the morning where I am, and now all I want is a cheesy shrimp quesadilla. i’m about to go to spin class. So thanks for that.


  16. #
    Dana Ivy — July 18, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    You know how the other day youmentioned that you have a blog crush? Well, mine is on yours. Even if I’m not into the recipe you’re showcasing, I just love your writing. But let’s be honest, I’m always into your recipes bc they’re simple and perfect!!

    Dana Ivy – Check out my blog!!


    • Jessica — July 18th, 2013 @ 10:24 am

      seriously. that means the world to me.


      • Dana Ivy — July 18th, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

        It’s true though =)

  17. #
    Megan — July 18, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    YUM. This looks so good. I also crave shrimp in the summer and always quesadillas. These photos are major hotties, btw.


  18. #
    erin @hooleywithaz — July 18, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    you may want to add this to the “beverages this would be amazing with” list.

    it’s real good.


    • Jessica — July 18th, 2013 @ 10:23 am

      that sounds amazing.


  19. #
    Elizabeth — July 18, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    I’m actually making quesadillas tonight and these look delicious.. do you butter the tortillas before pan frying? I want mine to be pretty and golden brown like yours :)


    • Jessica — July 18th, 2013 @ 10:23 am

      i did with these! i added about 1/2 tablespoon in my electric griddle for each side. i don’t always, it depends on how i cook them – but the golden crisp outsides come from the butter!


      • Elizabeth — July 18th, 2013 @ 11:34 am

        Great, thanks for the info Jessica :)

  20. #
    dixya| food, pleasure, and health — July 18, 2013 @ 9:57 am

    i am drooling at these cheesy quesadillas


  21. #
    Erin — July 18, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    this looks excellent! I think I may make it for my Friday Night Dinner club. Any recommendation for sides?


    • Jessica — July 18th, 2013 @ 10:22 am

      i’d probably do some sort of spanish rice?? with lots of tortillas chips too.


  22. #
    Kady — July 18, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    These look sooo good! I am right on board with you and your summer cravings, including the gallons of water!

    Question: Where does the adobo sauce and chopped chipotles go in the quesadilla making- when marinating or cooking the shrimp? Or just sprinkled right in the quesadilla? Thanks!


    • Jessica — July 18th, 2013 @ 10:21 am

      ah so sorry! it goes in the marinade. :)


  23. #
    Melissa — July 18, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    Yum, I love how the spicy guac sounds, I definitely need to try it sometime!


  24. #
    Jenna — July 18, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    Yum! These sound amazing!!!


  25. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — July 18, 2013 @ 10:48 am

    Okay, you know when people say, “Oh this is mouthwatering,” and you’re like, yeah, I know but it’s sort of a canned response. Well guess what. I’ve never posted that on a blog before today because my mouth literally watered at that first photo. Holy crap, you are so good.


  26. #
    Heather — July 18, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    I’m the same way about water – I LOVE IT! So thankful that I can enjoy it pretty much any way under the sun.


  27. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — July 18, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    I pretty much want avocado and guac all year round, but it definitely kicks into high gear in the summer.

    nothing wrong with boozy popsicles – i make them and put rum in them allll the time.


  28. #
    Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — July 18, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    I only drink water all day, too (besides coffee), and don’t like bubbles unless it’s in champagne or beer. These quesadillas sound good in every way. Must try!


  29. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — July 18, 2013 @ 11:26 am

    So delicious! It is ridiculously hot here too and I’m all about something cool, crisp, and refreshing myself!!!


  30. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — July 18, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    Now all I want is a quesadilla! Thanks a lot! haha


  31. #
    Mary S. — July 18, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    I’ll have that with a side of your beer queso. Or maybe some of the queso poured onto the quesadilla? There’s no such thing as too much cheese, right? That would be like saying there’s such a thing as too much bacon. And we know that just ain’t true!


  32. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — July 18, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    I TOTALLY crave shrimp in summer. It’s so satisfying but not super heavy. Pretty sure I could live on shrimp tacos for 3 months. Can’t go wrong.


  33. #
    Laurie E. — July 18, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

    I’ll eat any dish that includes guacamole- thanks again for another winning recipe.


  34. #
    betty — July 18, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    i’m glad someone sees eye-to-eye with me on the summer weather. i mean, don’t get me wrong, i love sunshine and flowers and a nice tan, but the second the temperature reaches over 73 degrees… i’m a whiney, miserable, sweaty mess. don’t even get me started with this weather we’ve had (i’m in va so i’m assuming its just about the same as yours) ..its either downpouring or too hot to even talk outside.


  35. #
    Shari — July 18, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    OMG do those look out of this world good. Plain ice water girl here also.


  36. #
    Jeananne — July 18, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    They look in-credible!!! I am an insatiable water drinker too….. LOVE it. My drink of choice…. then margaritas are right up there….. recently had an Irish Hooker, an awesomely awesome drink!! Strange to order though, by name & virtually no one has heard of it. Even the pub that had it on the menu where I originally saw it… lol


  37. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver] — July 18, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    Give it to me – with a margarita on the side. Or a giant glass of water. I become physically traumatized if there is not a bottle or glass of water with me wherever I go. It’s like a security blankie or something. There is one in my purse, in my car, on my desk, in my gym bag. I think I need to call my broker and invest in Nalgene. Why did I see it before!!!


  38. #
    Sara @ Confectionary Tales — July 18, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    This is super weird but I wish I could send you an audio of my stomach growling as I read this post/stared at the pictures. I wasn’t hungry until I saw these.. Will definitely have to add to my meal plan!


  39. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — July 18, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

    There is one thing I am craving during this heat wave: these quesadillas in my tummy. Seriously, this recipe is simply amazeballs – summer food is always so winning, and throwing it between tortillas and topping with melty cheese is just, uh, winninger.


  40. #
    leslie — July 18, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

    Shrimp and cheese AND mangos!!! Yes please


  41. #
    Courtney @ BakeMeBetter — July 18, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

    Oh the cheese! And shrimp. And guacamole. And a margarita. Perfect.


  42. #
    LisaG — July 18, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

    This screams summer!! Corona or marg with this = perfecto!


  43. #
    Alissa — July 18, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

    Spicy guac will be made tomorrow to go with my chicken tortilla soup! I am so excited! Thank you for a great recipe!


  44. #
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — July 18, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    I just ate a huge dinner and your photos are still making me hungry! Girl, you are out of control! Your quesadilla photos are some of the best I’ve seen and I subscribe to every food magazine under the sun! [Sad, but true.] And I have to say, for the record, that water is the best!


  45. #
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — July 19, 2013 @ 1:39 am

    Holy cow! This is going on the dinner menu immediately!


  46. #
    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — July 19, 2013 @ 2:11 am

    This looks unbelievable! Not to mention your photos are killer and just make me drool even more :)


  47. #
    David Hogman — July 19, 2013 @ 5:40 am

    Looks amazing, beautiful pictures and I am sure it will taste delicious as well. Will try it out soon. Thanks for sharing…


  48. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — July 19, 2013 @ 11:35 am

    I want to be one with that.


  49. #
    Chloe — July 19, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    The spicy quac sounds great. I love the way you present the dish. Great recipe.


  50. #
    courtney — July 19, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

    This looks like alot of work and when I’m hot I definitely don’t wan to be cooking but I think that this might just be worth all of the sacrifices!

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