Camarones A La Diabla (Mexican Style Diablo Shrimp Recipe)

Camarones a la Diabla, also known as “Diablo Shrimp,” is a mouthwatering Mexican dish that features succulent shrimp cooked in a spicy sauce made from dried Mexican peppers. The magic lies in the combination of peppers, which adds incredible flavor and a kick of heat. Of course, you have the flexibility to adjust the spiciness and tailor it to your personal taste.

Diablo shrimp is a versatile dish that can be served as either an appetizer or a main course, depending on what you’re in the mood for. The best part? It can be ready in under 30 minutes! And if you want to save even more time, you can prepare the Diablo sauce ahead of your cooking session.

I can’t express enough how much I adore this recipe, and I believe it has the potential to become one of your favorite go-to dishes when you need something quick and satisfying. Sure, you can find it in Mexican restaurants, but why not try your hand at making it at home? Trust me, the flavors will be worth it!

Camarones A La Diabla

Prep time: 20 minutesCook Time: 5 minutes 
Servings: 4 servingsCalories: 191kcal


  • 3 ancho peppers
  • 3 guajillo peppers
  • 4 chile de arbol peppers
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper chopped (optional, for additional heat – or use hotter, like a habanero pepper)
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined, patted dry
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Rinse the dried peppers (ancho, guajillo, and chiles de arbol), then remove the stems and seeds. Set them into a large bowl and cover them with very hot water. Steep for 20 minutes to soften.
  2. Drain then transfer the softened peppers to a food processor. Add the tomatoes, onion, serrano pepper, garlic, apple cider vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Process until smooth. Taste and adjust for salt. Strain, if desired, for a smoother sauce. Thin with a bit of water, if desired.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan to medium-high heat. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper, then sear the shrimp for 30 seconds per side. Remove the shrimp and set it aside.
  4. Add the diablo sauce and reduce the heat to medium. Simmer for 10 minutes to let the flavors develop.
  5. Return the shrimp to the pan and toss. Simmer for 1-2 minutes to warm the shrimp and cook it through. Serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 25g Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 892mg | Potassium: 396mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2049IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 3mg

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About the Author: Rachel Michaels

A food photographer and travel blogger from New York City. Rachel's interest in cooking and travel began during her study abroad program in Italy, where she fell in love with Italian cuisine. She now captures the beauty of food and travels through her photography and blog posts.

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