Tacos Gobernador (Governor Tacos)

Tacos Gobernador (Governor) are warm tortillas that are filled with a combination of shrimp, shredded cheese, garlic, onions, jalapeƱos, poblano strips, and tomatoes. The tortillas are then folded in half and cooked on a griddle over medium heat.

Tacos Gobernador (Governor Tacos)

These tacos originated in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. It is said that the governor of Sinaloa loved shrimp and quesadillas so the chef of a well-known restaurant created these, a cross between a shrimp taco and a quesadilla. And so these were named Tacos Gobernador ('Governor Tacos'). 

Tacos Gobernador (Governor Tacos)

Chunks of tender shrimp are tossed in a saucy tomato-chile mixture and then piled into tortillas with melted cheese. 

For This Recipe You Will Need: 

  • Shrimp: Any size shrimp can be used, I prefer the large size.
  • Vegetables: Bell pepper, or Poblanos, JalapeƱos (optional), white onions, garlic, and plum tomatoes.
  • Tortillas: Corn tortillas are traditional, but I've used flour tortillas in a pinch.
  • Cheese: Oaxaca, Quesadilla, or Mozzarella cheese are all great melting cheeses for Taco Gobernador
  • Salt, pepper, and olive oil

  • How to Make Tacos Gobernador

    Step-by-step Instructions:

  • Pour 2 tablespoons into a skillet over medium-high heat.

  • Add onions, jalapeƱos, and bell peppers or (poblanos) and cook until onions are soft and translucent about 4 to 5 minutes.

  • Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes to the skillet and cook until they have softened about 3 minutes. 

  • Add shrimp to the onion mixture. Cook until shrimp turns pink, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

  • Tacos Gobernador (Governor Tacos)

    • Divide shrimp mixture into 10 portions 
    • Place 1 tablespoon olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat. 
    • Place 1 tortilla in oil. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese and 1 portion of shrimp mixture to one side of the tortilla.
    • Fold over and cook until the tortilla is semi-crisp and the cheese has started to melt for 3 to 4 minutes.
    • Flip the taco onto the other side and cook to desired crispiness, 2 to 3 minutes more. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Serve immediately

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