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Tacos Gobernador (Seafood Taco)

Tacos Gobernador bring the bounty of the sea right to your taco shell. Featuring shrimp cooked with a medley of vegetables and cheese, these tacos are a luxurious treat that’s surprisingly easy to make.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Seafood lovers, fans of cheesy dishes, and anyone looking for a twist on traditional tacos.
  • Estimated Duration: Prep time: 20 minutes, Cooking time: 15 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Approximately 350-400 calories per serving, high in protein and calcium.

About this Recipe

Tacos Gobernador originated in the Mexican state of Sinaloa and have become a popular choice for seafood enthusiasts. The dish typically involves shrimp cooked with bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes, all encased in a tortilla with melted cheese.

Equipment Required

  • Skillet or frying pan
  • Mixing bowls
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Spatula


  • Large shrimp: 1 lb, peeled and deveined
  • Flour tortillas: 8 pieces
  • Bell peppers: 1 cup, sliced
  • Onions: 1 cup, sliced
  • Tomatoes: 1 cup, diced
  • Cheese (mozzarella or Oaxacan): 2 cups, shredded
  • Garlic cloves: 2, minced
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Pepper: 1/4 teaspoon
  • Oil for cooking: 2 tablespoons


  1. Prep Veggies: Slice the bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Mince the garlic.
  2. Cook Shrimp: In a skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook until pink, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove and set aside.
  3. Sauté Vegetables: In the same skillet, add another tablespoon of oil. Sauté garlic, bell peppers, and onions until softened.
  4. Add Tomatoes and Shrimp: Incorporate the diced tomatoes and cooked shrimp into the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Assemble Tacos: Place a tortilla on the skillet, sprinkle a layer of shredded cheese, and then add a generous scoop of the shrimp mixture. Fold the tortilla in half.
  6. Cook Until Crispy: Cook the taco on both sides until the tortilla is crispy and the cheese has melted.

Side Dishes

  • Mexican rice
  • Cilantro-lime coleslaw
  • Avocado slices or guacamole

Storage Options

  • Store leftover shrimp mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  • Reheat in a skillet to maintain texture.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Corn tortillas can be used for a gluten-free option.
  • Chicken or tofu can replace shrimp for a different protein choice.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Tacos de Camarón: Simple shrimp tacos without the cheesy element.
  • Tacos de Pescado: Fish tacos, either grilled or fried.
  • Tacos de Marlin: Smoked marlin tacos, another seafood variant.

A number of taco recipes can be found on this page


Tacos Gobernador are a decadent yet easy-to-make seafood dish that brings the flavors of Sinaloa to your table. With the rich combination of shrimp, vegetables, and melted cheese, these tacos are perfect for when you’re craving something a bit more extravagant than your average taco. Happy cooking!