Naked Shrimp Burrito

Oh no, these shrimp are missing their burrito shell!

Leaving off the tortilla usually saves about 200 calories, and saves you from white processed carbohydrates and sometimes nasty trans fat! Plus, an added bonus is that you get to eat all the yummy filling, and leave off the flavorless shell.

Naked Shrimp Burrito

Makes about 3 servings.


  • 1 cup dry brown rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped or use 5 frozen cilantro cubes (can find a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods)
  • 1-2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. dried ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 lb. frozen shrimp, thawed, deveined and peeled (about 7 shrimp per person)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large green pepper (or 2 small), sliced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. dried ground chipotle pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper


  1. Prepare the brown rice according to the package, and add a pinch of salt to the water. Add the next 4 ingredients after the rice and water when the rice has about 10 minutes left of cooking. Stir to combine, then put the saucepan lid back on to cook together the remaining 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat and add the onions. Cook for about 5 minutes. Then, add the green pepper along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook about 3 more minutes until slightly softened.
  3. Combine the thawed shrimp in another bowl with the taco seasoning, minced garlic, cumin, chipotle, and garlic powder. Add the shrimp mixture to the pepper/onion mixture. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Stir and cook until the shrimp have all cooked through (about 4 more minutes).
  4. Taste test your rice and shrimp mixture to see if you like the flavor. You can always add an extra pinch of spiciness if you like hot food.
  5. Serve the shrimp and peppers over top of the black beans and brown rice. Garnish with cilantro if you like, or add salsa on top, or maybe some avocado!

Makes a balanced meal, full of fiber and nutrients, and packed with flavor!


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