Buffalo Shrimp Tostadas

I’m going to go ahead and call this week what it is: Appetizers For Your Face Cavern.


Yerp, snackies all week long! And what better way to kick it off than with a mouthful of bullalo, raaa-haaawwwwt?

On top of that, this recipe isn’t really even a recipe. It’s pretty much a super speedy trickster scheme in which to shovel something buffaloed into your head as quickly as possible, with minimal efforts. Me likey. Do you likey?

I just now discovered that saying likey makes me feel really gross inside.

Let’s talk about this shrimp. But first, a story! (please don’t leave me)

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It’s a story about shrimp and acid. And how I made a boo boo.

It was many, many moons ago, and I was hosting a little dinner patio party at my crib. I decided to marinate some shrimp and grill it later in the evening. No bigs. Well, I marinated the shrimp in about 13 gallons of lemon juice, and left it sitting for, oh, like a hundred hours. When it came time to grill, I discovered the saddest looking, most shriveled up, super tough, yet strangely falling apart, overcooked pathetic shrimp, staring up at me, screaming for a second chance at life. A chance I could not give them. For it was too late. The acid had ceviche-d them straight up tow up. Have you done this before? Please tell me you have.

Wait, you’re still thinking about me saying crib, aren’t you?

My point is, buffalo sauce is basically a vat of acid. Delicious, delicious acid. So don’t let your shrimp sit in the sauce for more than 15 minutes or ellllllse.

We coo? Coo.


You should also know there’s a lot of bubbly, broiled Monterey Jack cheese smothering those crispy tortillas, under all that crisp romaine, seared shrimp, blue cheese crumbles, cilantro and lime juice. Oh, sweet baby turtles, there is.

Aren’t these mawwwvelous for game day? Wait, are there any games on right now? Tell you what, find a good bowling league tournie on the TVs and shovel shovel!


I seriously loved these.

Buffalo Shrimp Tostadas:

What it took for 2 people (4 tostadas total):

* 1 pound extra-large shrimp, thawed and deveined
* 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
* 4 corn tortillas
* 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
* 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
* 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
* lime wedges, for serving
* cilantro, for garnish

In a large bowl, combine shrimp and buffalo sauce. Let sit in fridge for 15 minutes. The acid in the buffalo sauce will start to cook the shrimp, so don’t let it sit too long.

Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high. Add the shrimp in a single layer and sear on both sides until cooked through, about 3 minutes total. Remove from heat.

In the meantime, preheat your broiler. Place the tortillas on a baking sheet and broil on the BOTTOM rack for about 4 minutes. Flip the tortillas, add the shredded cheddar and broil another 3 to 4 minutes, or until the tortillas have crisped up and the cheese is browned and bubbly. Remove from oven.

Now, all you do is layer. Evenly divide the shredded romaine over the tortillas, followed by 4 or 5 shrimp, the blue cheese crumbles and the cilantro. Spritz with lime juice and serve with the wedges!

* you could probably stretch the pound of shrimp over 6 tostadas if you want.

*also, if your tortillas don’t get AS crispy as you hoped, no biggero. You still have buffalo shrimp tacos!

*I finally mowed my lawn.


Or make them for your Wimbledon watch party this summer! Or right now.

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40 Responses to Buffalo Shrimp Tostadas

  1. Amy @Very Culinary April 29, 2013 at 8:08 am #
    Get in my belly!!
  2. Tieghan April 29, 2013 at 8:19 am #
    Isn't buffalo shrimp the best?! I love these. Seriously love them! Appetizer week is good in my book!
  3. Erika @Southern Souffle April 29, 2013 at 8:26 am #
    Girl these look good..
  4. Cassie | Bake Your Day April 29, 2013 at 8:28 am #
    You know I love you to pieces for this.
  5. Leslie April 29, 2013 at 8:52 am #
    Ohhh yes... I have killed my shrimp in a death bath called lemon juice. Sad day.
  6. Paula - bell'alimento April 29, 2013 at 8:57 am #
    You just reminded me I need to mow the lawn. Luckily it's raining so I'm off the hook and I'll make these awesome-sauce tostadas instead.
  7. Quinn Cooper April 29, 2013 at 9:00 am #
    Making these tonight! Look amazing, sound amazing. Can't wait to surprise my husband with them. He LOVEs anything with buffalo sauce and loves shrimp. Best combo for him. Thanks for the inspiration! xo Quinn Quinn Cooper Style
  8. carrian April 29, 2013 at 9:13 am #
    heck yes! Those look amazing!
  9. Christine (Cook the Story) April 29, 2013 at 9:18 am #
    Wow! These tostados look and sound amazing. (I think saying, hearing, writing or reading "likey" makes me feel gross inside too. Never realized it before but ewwww!).
  10. dishing up the dirt April 29, 2013 at 9:30 am #
    these look so stinking good!
  11. Cookbook Queen April 29, 2013 at 9:33 am #
    Snacks for dinner!! Winning!!!
  12. Yvearl April 29, 2013 at 9:37 am #
    Oh good lawd!! Those look scrumptious!! I'm thinking these would be amazing with avocado or guacamole shmeared on that tortilla. Thanks for sharing this! Now I'm starving...
  13. Heather @ Heather's Dish April 29, 2013 at 9:41 am #
    I can't believe how much I wish these were breakfast!
  14. Marie @ Little Kitchie April 29, 2013 at 9:41 am #
  15. sally @ sallys baking addiction April 29, 2013 at 10:18 am #
    I had a buffalo shrimp salad of the weekend and I can't get buffalo shrimp out of my head! It's fate you posted this today. :) Must make!
  16. Tracey @ Cooking with Love April 29, 2013 at 11:02 am #
    Looks so delcious and beautiful photos! :)
  17. johanna / maxandmoses.blogspot.com April 29, 2013 at 11:04 am #
    Must try! Great for a game day? Well, ice hockey Wordl Championship starts next week, which here is Finland is a huge thing. That'll do.
  18. ashley - baker by nature April 29, 2013 at 12:19 pm #
    Mrrraaaaaaahhhhh I am flipping out over these tostadas!
  19. Megan {Country Cleaver} April 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm #
    I'm going to need a margarita to wash down all that speeyyyeecyyy buffalo. Oh darn, margs and buffalo. Life is hard.
  20. Amanda April 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm #
    These look so wonderful. Definitely going on the grocery list! :)
  21. Erin L April 29, 2013 at 6:55 pm #
    I totally unwittingly ceviched some ahi once. Sad day. Thank you for officially making "ceviched" a verb. It was time.
  22. Kevin (Closet Cooking) April 29, 2013 at 7:01 pm #
    You know that I am into anything 'buffalo' and these taco look irresistible!
  23. Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion April 30, 2013 at 6:42 am #
    I had no idea that happened to shrimp if you lef tit too long... good to know. Great pictures, the are making me drool
  24. cindy April 30, 2013 at 9:01 am #
    oh, man...these are totally calling my name!
  25. Caroline April 30, 2013 at 9:57 am #
    This is my kind of tostada! My daughter only eats seafood and she's a hot sauce nut! I'm going to make this for dinner for her…she's gonna LOVE it! Thank you!
  26. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking April 30, 2013 at 11:57 am #
    Yes. I have definitely done that before! It's not my fault though. I just love lots of lots of lemons! These look amazing! I love how you melted cheese on the tortilla, you trickster!
  27. Nutmeg Nanny May 1, 2013 at 7:14 pm #
    Oh man, this looks amazing! I am not a fan of shrimp, but seeing this makes me think I could be ;)
  28. Aggie May 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm #
    Accidental ceviche!!! I want this buffalo goodness for dinner tonight.
  29. sandra @ kitchen apparel May 5, 2013 at 6:01 pm #
    Wow...these look delicious. I stumbled onto your blog and these were calling my name. I am really interested in trying these for dinner! Your pictures are beautiful too! I'll be sure to remember that the shrimp only need a short bath ;)
  30. Tamika May 6, 2013 at 8:10 pm #
    The blue cheese didnt mix well. I'd skip it next time.
  31. Gourmet Creations May 16, 2013 at 7:33 pm #
  32. jodee July 22, 2013 at 7:54 am #
    What is Buffalo Sauce? I don't see a recipe for it.
    • Bev Weidner July 22, 2013 at 9:48 am #
      It comes in a jar! Look for Frank's buffalo sauce at your grocery store, on the bbq sauce aisle.
  33. Ruan Stoke April 11, 2021 at 8:03 am #
    best choice


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