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Seafood Campechana

by elyn_ryn

I visited a seafood restaurant in Houston, Texas, and didn’t know that I would be on a quest afterward. You see I had never tried campechana, which is a combination of salsa and shrimp cocktail.  This particular restaurant has a delicious campechana that includes crab and shrimp.  The problem for me is that I was visiting Houston and live a great distance away.  So I began my quest to find a recipe.

Not only is the campechana delicious at this restaurant, but they serve it in an ice cream sundae glass with loads of chips stacked around the bottom of the glass and a little bowl of jalapenos on the side.  Since the presentation is eye-catching and they are ordered by a large majority of customers, you can’t miss seeing them on many tables. 

I began searching for the recipe and it didn’t take long to discover that this restaurant’s version is quite famous and many national publications have featured this Goode Company Seafood recipe.

The first time I tried to make it, I used a sweet chili sauce instead of a hot sauce.  That was a huge mistake and the campechana was too sweet and not at all like the version I loved.  

The next time I tried making it, I used the correct chili sauce and it was delicious! I have included in the recipe notes on the hot chili sauce brand I used.  If you can’t find it, just don’t use a chili sauce that says “sweet” on the label.  It cannot be corrected with any amount of salt.

This campechana is a good way to get your veggies.  It is loaded with them.  But they don’t overpower because there is so much seafood in every bite.

This recipe makes a lot, so unless you have a lot of people over to help you eat it, you can cut the recipe in half.

If you have any leftover, this campechana will keep for a few days in the refrigerator.  Just be mindful that seafood doesn’t have a long shelf life. 

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Seafood Campechana
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
Servings
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
Servings
Votes: 3
Rating: 5
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Instructions
Directions for Roasting Anaheim Chili Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to broiler setting and move oven rack 3-4 inches from broiler element.
  2. Cut Anaheim chili pepper in half lengthwise. Cut off and discard stem and pull out any ribs and discard.
  3. Remove seeds.
  4. Place cut side down on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or on a greased baking sheet.
  5. Broil until pepper is charred and blistered, approximately 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and place in bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap.
  7. Let sit for 20 minutes until cool.
  8. Peel off the charred skin from pepper.
Directions for Campechana
  1. Place all vegetable ingredients except avocado in a mixing bowl. Stir to mix.
  2. Add all the sauce ingredients and stir well to mix.
  3. Stir in the shrimp and then gently fold in the crab meat and avocado.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips.
Recipe Notes

*Brand Huy Fong Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce was used in this recipe. It can be found with hot sauces and also on the Asian food aisle.  Do not substitute sweet chili sauce in this recipe.

**Clamato brand is a tomato-clam cocktail made by Motts and is located in the juice aisle.

***If fresh lump crab meat is not available, I use Phillips Jumbo crab meat. It is found in the refrigerated area of the meat/seafood department in grocery stores. Be sure to check the crab meat and remove any cartilage before using it.

You can prepare most of this recipe a day ahead of time by roasting the Anaheim pepper and mixing together all ingredients except avocado, shrimp, and crab meat. Store in the refrigerator and then add the freshly chopped avocado and seafood just before serving.

Yield: 10-12 servings

This recipe was adapted from the Fork and Cork of Chron.com

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