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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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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Looks fantastic! Awesome flavor combinations! :)

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

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

  7. 7

    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. 8

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

  9. 9

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

  10. 10

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

  11. 11

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

  12. 12

    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. 13

    This looks like something my family would love!!

  14. 14

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

  15. 15

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

  16. 16

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

  17. 17

    Looks yummy! Can’t wait to make it.

  18. 18

    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. 19

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

  20. 20

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

  21. 21

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


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