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Danny Trejo’s shrimp tostada recipe

This zesty dish is simple but very effective.

Danny Trejo’s shrimp tostada
Danny Trejo's shrimp tostada Danny Trejo’s shrimp tostada

“A delightfully fresh and zesty dish made with a crispy tostada, sautéed shrimp, guacamole spread, garnished with pickled red onion and cilantro [coriander],” says Hollywood action star-turned restauranteur Danny Trejo.

Shrimp tostada


(Serves 4)

4 corn tortillas

10ml olive oil

32 shrimps

112g butter

20g garlic

Pinch of salt and pepper

20g red chilli

340g guacamole

For the garnish:

24 pickled red onions

Pinch of chopped coriander

1 lime, quartered

Danny Trejo's shrimp tostada
Danny Trejo’s shrimp tostada (Ed Anderson/PA)


1. Lightly brush corn tortillas with oil. Lay the tortillas flat on a baking sheet and bake at 200°C for five minutes. Then flip them over and bake them for an additional five to 10 minutes, or until the tortillas are crispy and golden.

2. Sauté shrimp with butter, garlic, pinch of salt and pepper and crushed red chilli.

3. Spread 85 grams of guacamole evenly on each tostada.

4. Garnish each tostada with six pickled red onions and a pinch of chopped coriander. Serve with lime wedge.

Trejo’s Tacos: Recipes And Stories From LA by Danny Trejo is published in hardback by Penguin Random House, priced £23. Book and cover design by Jen Wang, photography by Ed Anderson. Available now.