Mexican Shrimp Marinara Recipe


Mexican Shrimp Marinara recipe

Dinner at our house can become a little mundane.  Does that happen to you?  Do you sometimes feel like you’re just fixing the same thing over and over again?

I’ve been on the hunt for some new dinner ideas for my family.  I’ve tried a few recipes that I’ve pinned to my “Dinner ideas” pinterest board, I’ve been thumbing thru my old recipe cards and bookmarks, when I suddenly remembered a great recipe we made a while back when I visited the Unilever Kitchens in New York.

This recipe combines three things my family loves; pasta, shrimp and Mexican flavor.  Mexican Shrimp Marinara has a little bit of heat with a whole lot of delicious! and it can be whipped up in a hurry with jarred or canned pasta sauce.

 It also makes a great dinner option for those of you who observe Lent.

Mexican Shrimp Marinara

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Mexican Shrimp Marinara


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-1/2 lbs. large uncooked, shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 chayote, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno or serrano chili peppers, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped OR 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 jar (1 lb 10 oz) Ragu® Old World Style Traditional Pasta Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 12 oz spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat olive oil in deep 12 inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook shrimp 2 minutes until almost pink. Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside.
  2. Cook onion, chayote and peppers in same skillet, stirring frequently, 8 minutes or until chayote is tender. Stir in garlic and cook 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in Pasta Sauce and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until sauce is heated through. Add shrimp and simmer 2 minutes or until shrimp turn completely pink. Stir in lime juice.
  4. Serve over hot spaghetti and garnish with cilantro.


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25 Responses to “Mexican Shrimp Marinara Recipe”

  1. Henrietta S.R. posted on February 20, 2012 at 6:48 am (#)

    We will definitely try this delicious shrimp recipe. We have everything except Ragu Sauce which we can get in two days.

  2. Amandam posted on February 20, 2012 at 6:52 am (#)

    Looks fantastic! Awesome flavor combinations! :)

  3. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on February 20, 2012 at 7:43 am (#)

    OOh this is just the thing to brighten up the weeknight dinner rut!!

  4. cassie posted on February 20, 2012 at 7:54 am (#)

    Love the unique twist here. The flavors are perfect for shrimp. Love it!

  5. Amanda posted on February 20, 2012 at 9:49 am (#)

    Yum, this looks fabulous Cheryl! A great weeknight dinner to keep on hand!

  6. teresa posted on February 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm (#)

    Greg would love this!
    He loves pasta & shrimp!
    I know your family loved it too!
    Hugs from Bainbridge Cheryl!

  7. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on February 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm (#)

    Oh I so feel like I’m in a dinner rut lately. I just keep going to the old standbys, I need to shake it up a little.

  8. Kristen posted on February 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm (#)

    Shrimp is one of my favorite foods… but I never ever make it with marinara for some reason! What a great recipe!

  9. Jessica posted on February 20, 2012 at 6:28 pm (#)

    This looks wonderful! We love shrimp spaghetti so adding a little twist to it would be wonderful!

  10. Jamie | My Baking Addiction posted on February 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm (#)

    This recipe looks fantastic! I’m always searching for new dinner recipes and this one is a definite must make!

  11. Jeanette posted on February 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm (#)

    I’ve never had chayote before, but this easy elegant dish looks like the perfect way to mix things up during the week.

  12. Living The Sweet Life posted on February 20, 2012 at 7:54 pm (#)

    Yum!! This recipe would certainly be a favourite at my home – – and it would take us out of our usual dinner cycle as well. I think we have a winner :) – thanks.

  13. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on February 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm (#)

    This looks like something my family would love!!

  14. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids posted on February 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm (#)

    What a great flavor combination. And, as always, the picture is absolutely beautiful!

  15. sweetsugarbelle posted on February 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm (#)

    This is perfect for us!!!! My kids are shrimp lovers!

  16. Nicholas Sloanhoffer posted on February 21, 2012 at 8:37 am (#)

    Thanks for the Mexican Shrimp Marinara recipe. This seems like a great way to spice up those mundane days.

  17. Happily ever After posted on February 21, 2012 at 9:42 am (#)

    Looks yummy! Can’t wait to make it.

  18. Sara posted on February 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm (#)

    Hi TidyMom! I have a quick question for you. :) I found your White Bean Chicken Chili recipe via Pinterest, and I am dying to make it! I am wondering if it is possible to make it in a crock-pot or slow cooker? It would save me lots of time. Hope to hear a reply…thank you!!!

  19. Maria posted on February 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm (#)

    Great pasta dish! Perfect for any night of the week!

  20. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on February 22, 2012 at 8:40 am (#)

    Mmmmm…I keep telling my husband I’m having some kind of seafood craving lately…this looks awesome!

  21. bridget {bake at 350} posted on February 23, 2012 at 10:49 am (#)

    I have never heard of chayote, but we love Mexican food. I’ll definitely try this!


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