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Cilantro Garlic Sauce {Pollo Tropical Copycat}

Cilantro Garlic Sauce {Pollo Tropical Copycat}

This sauce is no joke, guys. People go crazy for this sauce!

And I bet you will too.

Ever been to “Pollo Tropical”? Unless you’ve lived in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee or Texas, you have no idea what I’m talking about here.

Pollo Tropical (literally translated to “tropical chicken”) is a Caribbean-inspired fast food concept with meals so flavorful, you won’t even think it’s fast food!

Let’s be honest, if you’re going to go for fast food, it has to be GOOD fast food. Am I right!?

Aside from Pollo Tropical’s citrusy marinated chicken, mojo pork, yuca fries, wraps, salads and sandwiches, they have a sauce bar! Curry mustard, fresh salsa, sweet BBQ (like my guava BBQ sauce!), hot sauce, you know all those tropical flavors that you just can’t get enough of.

My favorite from the bunch? You guessed it! Cilantro garlic sauce!

This is not sponsored by the way. I’m just obsessed. 

To be honest, I hadn’t tried cilantro garlic sauce until a few years ago. I was always a curry mustard girl myself.

Then one day, my friend and I were at the Pollo Tropical drive-thru after happy hour and she suggested that I try their cilantro garlic sauce.

Sure, why not? She’s also a Pollo Tropical fanatic like me so I trusted her opinion.

OH. MY. SAUCE. This thing is addicting. Creamy, garlicky, tang from the lime and with cilantro? I was HOOKED!

I know some people hate cilantro because they say it tastes like soap. Yeah, soap. Are you one of those? Hopefully not, if you’re reading this post!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, a few years back, it was said that a small percentage of the population can pick up on the smell of certain chemicals that are in both cilantro AND soap which is why they said cilantro tastes like soap. Quite the nose they have, huh?

I’m definitely not one of those people!

I love cilantro and when you mix it with sour cream, garlic, and lime – I mean what’s not to love.

Immediately after trying cilantro garlic sauce for the first time, I knew I had to figure out how to make this myself so I could drench it on EVERYTHING.

From tacos to chicken wings, this cilantro garlic sauce compliments any dish well.

Get ready to have your world ROCKED!

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Here’s the super quick and easy Cilantro Garlic Sauce recipe. I hope you make it and LOVE it!

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Cuban-Style Deviled Shrimp (Camarones Enchilados)

Cuban-Style Deviled Shrimp (Camarones Enchilados)

Spicy, saucy, fragrant Cuban-style deviled shrimp (or shrimp creole, or camarones enchilados) served over rice! Perfect for special occasions or weeknight meals!

In 1975, my mom bought a Cuban paperback cookbook, which is now in shreds. She had only been living in Miami for less than 5 years and didn’t even have a car! She had walked to a nearby pharmacy and picked up this little gem.

I now have the cookbook taped up in my kitchen!

Every year for Easter Sunday, while other families are making ham and deviled eggs (ew, they’re gross, sorry not sorry), we enjoy camarones enchilados. It’s become a tradition!

This recipe for Deviled Shrimp is made Cuban-style but it actually reminds me a lot of jambalaya. Sure, jambalaya has sausage which this doesn’t but it has the same kind of spicy!

Shrimp Creole, deviled shrimp or whatever you call it, is very easy to make and perfect for large crowds or even a weeknight meal! Vitamin-rich veggies, Cuban spices, and low fat shrimp. Can’t get any better than that!

Spicy, saucy, fragrant Cuban-style deviled shrimp (or shrimp creole, or camarones enchilados) served over rice! Perfect for special occasions or weeknight meals!

Personally, I think it’s best served over rice. The rice soaks up the sauce and it’s just OH SO GOOD. This year, we served it over jasmine brown rice. Perfection!

You can also serve it with white rice, angel hair spaghetti or even make tacos with it too. I absolutely love when my mom makes this recipe and now I’m sharing it with all of you. <3

I hope you make this and you LOVE it!

 

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Spicy, saucy, fragrant Cuban-style deviled shrimp (or shrimp creole, or camarones enchilados) served over rice! Perfect for special occasions or weeknight meals!
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Cuban-Style Deviled Shrimp {Camarones Enchilados}
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Spicy, saucy, fragrant Cuban-style deviled shrimp (or shrimp creole, or camarones enchilados). Perfect for special occasions or weeknight meals!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Low Sugar, Whole30
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Jamie Silva
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds shrimp , peeled and deveined
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion , chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 large chili pepper , chopped
  • 1/2 cup pimentos , chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 can tomato sauce , 12 oz (check label for funky ingredients)
  • 1/2 cup dry cooking wine (you can sub with vegetable stock)
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large pan, add oil and sauté shrimp for 2 minutes. Add onions, garlic, and chili pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Do not overcook the shrimp!

  2. Add pimentos, bay leaf, parsley, tomato sauce, wine (or stock), vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir and allow to come to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low.

  3. Simmer for no more than 20 minutes. Remove from heat and serve over rice or with veggies.

Adapted from Recetas Practicas de Cocina de la Cuba de Ayer Cookbook from 1971

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Spicy, saucy, fragrant Cuban-style deviled shrimp (or shrimp creole, or camarones enchilados) served over rice! Perfect for special occasions or weeknight meals!