Tacos are always a great idea if you are looking for a tasty, quick, and easy midweek dinner. Want a healthier one? Prepare shrimp tacos with homemade flour tortillas.
Juicy and spicy, a source of protein and prepared in under 30 minutes, this shrimp tacos recipe is always a big hit. Add a shrimp taco sauce and healthy coleslaw and you'll have a mouthwatering meal.
Follow our recipe below for a simple yet tasty shrimp taco dinner any time of the week.
Shrimp Tacos: A Delicious Easy Recipe
1 lb large shrimp, peeled
6-8 flour or corn tortillas
2 cups of shredded cabbage
1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 small jalapeño
1 large lime (zest and juice)
1 garlic clove
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground Chipotle chili
1 tsp ground cumin
Other garnishes of your choice (avocados, cilantro, sour cream, lime wedges)
Rinse your shrimp and pat dry. Drizzle with a little bit of oil and sprinkle with spices. Toss everything gently to coat shrimps evenly. Set aside while you prepare shrimp taco sauce and slaw.
Shred the cabbage. Then add Greek yogurt, olive oil, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, lime zest, and lime juice into a food processor.
Blend the mixture and add salt depending on your taste. Mix half of the sauce with the slaw and keep the rest for your tacos.
Heat a cast iron skillet to medium-high heat and add a splash of olive oil.
Add the shrimp and cook it until it's no longer translucent. It should take around 4 min. Once done, transfer the shrimp to a plate.
Warm flour tortillas before serving if desired. You can stick them in the oven heated to 250°F, or place them in a microwave. It will take only a couple of minutes no matter the method. If you want to go an extra mile, make homemade corn tortillas. It will only take 10 min and you can prepare them beforehand.
Fill tortillas with slaw, shrimp, extra sauce, and lime juice, if desired.
Serve your shrimp tacos in a taco holder and enjoy!
What kind of shrimps should be used for this shrimp taco recipe?
Frozen shrimp isn't recommended if you are eating something like shrimp cocktail. However, frozen will do just fine fr shrimp tacos if you're preparing it with spices and fresh ingredients like garlic. They are usually slightly cheaper and are already peeled and ready to be sauteed. This can reduce your prep time even more.
If you're using frozen shrimp for this shrimp tacos recipe, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight. If you do forget to do so (no judgement here!) you can fast forward the process by putting frozen shrimps in a colander and submerging it into cold water for 20 min.
Don't use hot water as it will ruin your shrimps. They cook very quickly so using hot water means that they'll start cooking from the outside and will stay frozen from the inside. No one wants that in their shrimp tacos.
Cooking perfect shrimps might take a bit of practice, but the secret here is not to overcook them. Otherwise, the shrimp will shrink and will become too chewy.
What can you serve with shrimp tacos?
If you feel like your shrimp tacos are still missing something, you can always prepare some delicious side dishes. Shrimp tacos go well with refried beans, cheesy nachos, fresh salsa, and guacamole.
If you want to be more adventurous, make a pineapple salsa or a zesty quinoa salad.
What other Mexican shrimp recipes are easy to follow?
We have other recipes for Mexican dishes. If you liked making shrimp tacos, you can also try making shrimp quesadillas. Our recipe is simple and easy to follow; aside from the ingredients, you just need a cast iron skillet and you're good to go.
If quesadilla isn't your thing, why not try shrimp burrito with avocado dressing? Everybody loves a burrito; it does need a little more cook time but the end product is definitely worth it.
What are other alternatives to shrimp tacos?
If you're vegetarian, we have a good tofu taco recipe you can follow. However, if you just don't like shrimp tacos but other seafood isn't a problem, we can recommend tuna tacos and the delicious salmon tacos with avocado salsa.
Shrimp Tacos Recipe Takeaway
Our recipe for shrimp tacos is quite easy to follow. From start to finish, it will take you under half an hour.
However, keep in mind our recommendations for preparing and cooking the shrimp. The secret to making the best shrimp tacos is in the ingredients. Cook it the right way and you're sure to end up with a dish that everyone will love. Enjoy!
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