Spicy Shrimp Tacos

Amazing Spicy Shrimp Tacos are made with spicy tender shrimp, most delicious cilantro lime sauce, sweet and tangy slaw with all the taco fix-ins. One of the BEST shrimp tacos recipe!

Black plates with spicy shrimp tacos topped with cilantro lime sauce, chopped tomato, cilantro and jalapeños.

It is Taco Tuesday!

The perfect way to celebrate Taco Tuesday is with a loaded Spicy Shrimp Tacos with an amazing shrimp tacos slaw and finished off with a cilantro lime sauce that is lip smacking good!!!

You guys remember this cilantro lime sauce for tacos? It is one of my go-to taco sauce for all spicy tacos recipes. The creamy, spicy, sour sauce pairs incredibly well in these Chickpeas tacos. And now, a new addition-

Spicy Shrimp Tacos, that is –

  • Spicy
  • Zesty
  • Tangy
  • Hint of sweetness
  • Creamy
  • Crunchy
  • Loaded with flavor
  • Tastes AMAZING

What makes this one of the BEST Spicy shrimp tacos recipes? Balance of flavors and textures! There is spicy, tangy, sweet, crunchy, creamy —-> makes for one tasty bite.

cast iron skillet filled with spicy shrimp, garnished with lime wedges, chopped cilantro and the handle wrapped with a towel.

What goes in Shrimp tacos?

  1. Spicy Shrimp – A well seasoned skillet cooked shrimp.
  2. Slaw – Crisp, crunchy, tangy, sweet slaw made with shredded cabbage, carrot, red onion, cilantro and jalapeños.
  3. Cilantro lime sauce – Creamy, spicy and tangy Mexican taco sauce made easily in the food processor.

How to make Spicy Shrimp tacos?

(I have included step-by-step photos to follow along)

Step-1: Add chili powder, cumin powder, cayenne pepper powder, chopped garlic and salt to shrimp.

Step-2: Toss everything together.

Step-3: Cook in a skillet with oil, on both sides.

Step-4: Make cilantro lime sauce.

Step-5: Add shredded cabbage, carrot, cilantro, red onion and sliced jalapeños in a bowl.

Step-6: Add honey and some cilantro lime sauce. Toss well.

Step-7 & 8 : Assemble tacos – Pile slaw, spicy shrimp, sauce, tomatoes, chopped cilantro and jalapeños.

Enjoy!

Toppings for shrimp tacos :

Any tacos toppings are delicious for shrimp tacos – like avocado, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, avocado crema, lettuce, cabbage, cilantro, jalapenos, squeeze of lime, Cotija cheese and Queso fresco.

After years of taste testing (both in restaurants and homemade), I found that Cabbage (red or green), carrot, cilantro, jalapeños and chopped tomato made ONE delicious topping to a spicy tacos recipe.

Shrimp

Shrimp recipes are one of my go-to when I’m looking a quick weeknight dinner idea. It is always stocked in the freezer, thaws quick and cooks in minutes.

How to thaw frozen shrimp?

Place shrimp in a large bowl and fill the bowl with cold or room temperature water. Let it sit for about 10 minutes until thawed (the time will depend on the quantity of shrimp) and then drain and pat dry with paper towels. 

How to cook shrimp?

Raw shrimp is greyish in color and it turns pale pink when cooked. Shrimp can be pan fried, baked, grilled, pressure cooked, air fried, deep fried or stir fried. It cooks in just 2 to 3 minutes per side and curls up into a “C” when cooked. Remove immediately, since overcooking shrimp will make it rubbery.

Some of my favorite shrimp recipes include Shrimp Alfredo pasta, Tuscan Shrimp and Spinach Soup, Instant Pot Shrimp Fried Rice, Instant Pot Shrimp Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce, Honey Walnut Shrimp Ramen Noodles, Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice or Spicy Coconut Curry Shrimp.

Tips for perfect shrimp tacos:

Let shrimp marinade at least for 15 minutes ( or up to 2 hours in the fridge)

Don’t overcook shrimp. Cook just until shrimp is curled into a C.

Toss slaw with sauce just before serving. If left longer, slaw tends to loose its crunchiness.

Use only corn tortillas and not flour tortillas.

Charred tortillas adds a touch of additional flavor when compared to straight from a package.

How to store shrimp tacos?

Cooked shrimp can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Cilantro lime sauce can be refrigerated separately for up to two days.

Slaw (without honey and sauce), can be refrigerated for up to two days. stir honey and sauce just before serving.

To serve – Microwave shrimp until warmed through, assemble tacos and eat.

Variations:

Make it gluten-free – Use gluten-free corn tortillas and please make sure that all other ingredients used are gluten free as well.

Make it SPICIER – You can turn up the heat by making following adjustments : Increase cayenne in the spicy shrimp / Add more jalapeños in the sauce recipe / Add more chopped jalapeños in the slaw / Top with as much sliced jalapeños as desired.

Make it less SPICY– You can reduce the heat by making following adjustments : Decrease or skip cayenne in the spicy shrimp / Use less jalapeños in the sauce recipe / Skip jalapeños in the slaw

Keeping track of the Mexican recipes around here?

Chickpea Burrito Bowl 

Cheesy Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

Mexican Chickpeas

Chickpea Lettuce wraps

Mexican Spiced Chicken

4 Ingredient Salsa Chickpeas 

English Muffin Pizzas ( Mexican Style)

Mexican Style Avocado Toast with Scrambled Eggs

A hand grabbing a loaded spicy shrimp tacos from a black plate and other tacos fixins.
What goes well with shrimp tacos?

Mexican rice dishes like cilantro lime rice or Spicy Mexican rice with black beans and corn, grilled/steamed corn on the cob, Refried beans, corn bread and ice cold margarita are delicious with shrimp tacos.

How many calories does shrimp tacos have?

Each Shrimp taco is approximately 285 calories.

What ingredients do you need for shrimp tacos?

Main ingredients are shrimp, spices, garlic, corn tortilla, slaw, sauce, avocado and cilantro.

What are the spices for shrimp tacos?

The most commonly used spices are chili, chipotle, cumin, garlic and cayenne.

More favorite tacos recipes:

Spicy Chicken Tacos

Ground Chicken Tacos

Baked Tilapia Tacos 

Fish tacos with Frozen Fish Sticks

Buffalo Shrimp Tacos

Baked Bang Bang Cauliflower Tacos

Spicy Buttermilk Fried Popcorn Chicken Tacos

Chickpea Tacos

Yield: 8 Tacos

Spicy Shrimp Tacos

Spicy Shrimp Tacos

Amazing Spicy Shrimp Tacos are made with tender spicy shrimp, most delicious cilantro lime sauce and all the taco fix-ins. One of the BEST shrimp tacos recipe! 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Ingredients

Spicy Shrimp

  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed and patted dry
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder (more if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 

Slaw for Shrimp tacos

  • 4 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 medium carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • few sliced jalapeños (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Additional ingredients

  • Cilantro lime sauce
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • chopped cilantro
  • sliced jalapeno 
  • lime wedges

Instructions

Make Spicy Shrimp


1. In a medium bowl, toss shrimp along with all spices (except vegetable oil), until well coated. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or up to 2 hours. (If pressed for time, then go ahead with cooking shrimp right away).

2. Heat vegetable oil in a medium skillet, until moderately hot. Add half the shrimp in a single layer, cook for about 2-3 minute, turn over and cook for another minute or two or until cooked through. Remove onto a plate and repeat process with remaining shrimp.

Make Slaw for Shrimp Tacos


In a large bowl, toss all slaw ingredients along with 1/4 cup cilantro lime sauce.

Warm tortillas


Turn your gas burner to medium-low and using tongs, place tortilla, one at a time, directly over the flame. As soon as it starts to brown, give a quick flip to color the other side and then take off heat. Alternatively, you can cook tortillas in a cast iron skillet - Place tortilla in a hot cast iron skillet, for about 15 to 30 seconds on each side. You want to look few browned or darkened spots on both sides. Keep them warm wrapped in a clean kitchen towel.

Assemble Spicy Shrimp Tacos

Top a tortilla with slaw, spicy shrimp, a generous drizzle of cilantro lime sauce, chopped tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeños slices.

Notes

Make it gluten-free – Use gluten-free corn tortillas and please make sure that all other ingredients used are gluten free as well.

Make it SPICIER – You can turn up the heat by making following adjustments : Increase cayenne in the spicy shrimp / Add more jalapeños in the sauce recipe / Add more chopped jalapeños in the slaw / Top with as much sliced jalapeños as desired.

Make it less SPICY– You can reduce the heat by making following adjustments : Decrease or skip cayenne in the spicy shrimp / Use less jalapeños in the sauce recipe / Skip jalapeños in the slaw

Let shrimp marinade at least for 15 minutes ( or up to 2 hours in the fridge)

Don’t overcook shrimp. Cook just until shrimp is curled into a C.

Toss slaw with sauce just before serving. If left longer, slaw tends to loose its crunchiness.

Use only corn tortillas and not flour tortillas.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 752mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 16g

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