Tacos Gobernador (cheesy shrimp tacos)

Tacos Gobernador (Governor tacos) is a delicious taco dish made with shrimps, peppers, onions, tomatoes and cream. Melted cheese complement these scrumptious tacos that can be the perfect treat for every occasion. 

Tacos gobernador with various toppings.

What is Tacos Gobernador?

Tacos Gobernador means Governor tacos. Legend has it that a Chef at Los Arcos restaurant made these tacos to impress the Governor of Sinaloa. And the good part is that the Governer loved these so much that they not only got the name, but also became very popular.

Today, these tacos are among the most special dishes in northern Mexico. You might have tried several taco recipes before, but this authentic and modern Mexican taco recipe is unlike anything else.

Creamy and cheesy tacos gobernador.

Can you Replace Poblano Peppers?

The poblano pepper is the most commonly used for this dish. It has a dark green color and a unique flavor.

Their spice level is moderate, so they are a perfect choice for Tacos Gobernador. However, you can substitute poblano peppers with other types, depending upon the spice level you intend to achieve.

The thing about these peppers is that they are not very easily to find outside the country. So, here are some options:

  • Green bell peppers: if you want the tacos to have a zero-spice level, substitute these with green bell peppers. 
  • Jalapenos: If you want the tacos to have some heat and spice, add jalapenos instead. 
  • Anaheim pepper: These peppers are neck-and-neck when it comes to spice level to poblanos. However, Anaheim peppers have a sweeter note too.
  • Italian peppers: Italian peppers (friggetelli) are also a good option for this dish and they can be easily found in many countries.

Can you make the mixture ahead of time?

The reason I love Tacos Gobernador is that they are super convenient to make. They are the perfect lunch, dinner, or snack. And the best part is, you can make the mixture ahead of time and store it for later use.

Let’s say, if you are hosting a game day friend’s get-together, you can prepare the shrimp mixture a day before, place it in an air-tight container, and store it in the refrigerator. And when the day comes, heat the mixture, add cream, assemble the tacos, and that’s it! Your work is cut to half.

Ingredients for shrimp filling for tacos gobernador.

Furthermore, you can also assemble the mixture, add cream on top and store it in the refrigerator a few hours before the serving time. When you have to serve, simply mix and heat it in the microwave for about 5 minutes until they are creamy and ready fill your tortillas. It is an ideal way to make these delicious tacos in large batches.

How To Store the shrimp mixture?

If you have creamy shrimps leftovers, you can store them by placing everything in an air-tight container and storing it in the refrigerator, it can last for about three days.

Furthermore, you can also freeze the mixture for up to 3 months in a plastic bag. Again, don’t add cream to the mixture when you intend on freezing it. And also, make sure you’re using fresh shrimps instead of frozen.

Lastly, before storing the mixture, make sure it reaches room temperature. 

The recipe

Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add peppers and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add onions, low heat, and stir for 5 minutes or until soft and translucent.

Sauteeing peppers and onions on a pan.

Reduce heat to low and add shrimps, garlic, and season with salt and pepper. If you want the mixture to be spicy, add a few drops of spicy salsa or a hot chili pepper (finely chopped). Cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

2 minutes cooked shrimps with peppers and onions on a pan.

Add tomatoes, mix well and cover. Allow to cook until tomatoes are soft and almost all juices are gone. Adjust season to taste and turn off the heat.

Sauteeing shrimps with all vegetables on the pan.

Remove the skillet from the stove and add the cream, make sure it is at room temperature to prevent curdling. Mix well and set aside.

Shrimps cooked with all ingredients.

Make the tacos

Preheat a non-stick pan or skillet on medium heat, coat with some butter or oil and place a tortilla. Add cheese and allow to melt on the borders.

Add a generous portion of the shrimp mixture and fold the tortilla into an half-moon. Cook for a few seconds then using a spatula, flip the taco and cook the other side for just a few more seconds.

A taco gobernador being cooked on a flat skillet.

Serve with your favorite salsa and a squeeze of lime.

Best salsa for tacos gobernador

  • MOLCAJETE SALSA – Definitely my favorite salsa for this tacos. If you don’t have a molcajete no worries, you can still make it with a blender!
  • GUACAMOLE SALSA – This is by far the best salsa, you can make this traditional guacamole salsa or go with a fake guacamole. Either way you’ll love it!
  • MEXICAN CHILI OIL – For the bravest, this is a very spicy salsa, so be warned.
Tacos gobernador with shrimps.

Tacos Gobernador (cheesy shrimp tacos)

Tacos Gobernador is a delicious taco made with a creamy shrimp mixture and cheese. So delicious and very easy to make at home.
PREP 20 minutes
COOK 15 minutes
TOTAL 35 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Servings: 4

Ingredients 

For shrimp

  • 1 lb (450 g) uncooked shrimp (cleaned and cuto into bites)
  • 1 small (150 g) poblano pepper or green bell pepper (sliced)
  • 1 small (60 g) white onion (sliced)
  • 2 small (100 g) tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp Mexican crema (or sour cream)
  • salt and pepper

For tacos

  • 12 medium corn tortillas
  • 2 ¼ cups (250 g) Oaxaca or mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • olive oil or butter

Instructions

  • Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add peppers and sauté for about 3 minutes.
  • Add onions, reduce heat to low, and stir for 5 minutes or until soft and translucent.
  • Ad shrimps, garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, mix well and cover. Allow to cook until tomatoes are soft and almost all juices are gone (about 5 minutes).
  • Adjust salt to taste and turn off the heat.
  • Remove the skillet from the stove and add the cream. Mix well and set aside.

Make the tacos

  • Preheat a non-stick pan or skillet on medium heat, coat with some butter or oil and place a tortilla. Add cheese and allow to melt on the borders.
  • Add a generous portion of the shrimp mixture and fold the tortilla into an half-moon.
  • Cook for a few seconds then using a spatula, flip the taco and cook the other side for just a few more seconds.
  • Place tacos on a serving platter and repeat until all shrimp mixture is gone.
  • Serve with your favorite salsa and a squeeze of lime.

notes

Salsas you might like to serve your shrimp tacos:
  • MOLCAJETE SALSA – Definitely my favorite salsa for this tacos. If you don’t have a molcajete no worries, you can still make it with a blender!
  • GUACAMOLE SALSA – This is by far the best salsa, you can make this traditional guacamole salsa or go with a fake guacamole. Either way you’ll love it!
  • MEXICAN CHILI OIL – For the bravest, this is a very spicy salsa, so be warned.
Nutrition
Calories: 480kcal
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Loved, loved, loved this recipe! I am a taco lover and I have never heard of tacos gobernador before. They were delicious! cheesy and creamy, I also added a serrano pepper to the mixture and it turned out amazing! Thank you!

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