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Spicy Shrimp Tacos topped with Homemade Avocado Lime Crema

The spicy shrimp taco recipe is literally everything you’ve ever dreamed in a taco. Crisp, juicy, and marinated shrimps dripped with homemade avocado lime crema sauce… are you drooling yet? These are a must-make for every taco Tuesday!

What are Spicy Shrimp Tacos?

Large, deveined shrimp marinated in a smoky, spicy and tangy marinade. Placed on bed of optional cabbage slaw, yellow rice or a fresh made pico. Last, topped with a fresh avocado lime crema.

These are inspired by a food truck taco – but now you can make this cheap recipe right in your kitchen!

What’s in the Spicy Shrimp Tacos?

Shrimp: 1lb. Uncooked, peeled, deveined, tails removed

Marinade:

  • Chili Powder (1tsp)
  • Smoked Paprika (1tsp)
  • Cumin (1/2tsp)
  • Dried Oregeno (1/2tsp)
  • Garlic (3 cloves)
  • Red Pepper Flakes (1/2tsp)
  • Kosher Salt (1/2tsp)
  • 1 Lime, juiced (about 2tsp)
  • Oil (3tbsp: olive or avocado)

Tortillas: Flour or Corn (8-10)

How to Marinade the Shrimp Tacos

In a small bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients: 3 tbsp oil, lime juice, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, garlic, red pepper flakes, and kosher salt. Add in prepped shrimp, stir to coat all the shrimp with marinade. Place in refrigerator and marinate for up to 30 minutes. I use the marination time to make the avocado lime crema and prep the cooking pan.

How to Cook the Shrimp Tacos

You can either cook the shrimp in a cast iron skillet or grill them. Over medium/high heat place the shrimp into the skillet. Ensure they are all laid flat into the pan and not on top of each other, this will allow for even cooking. Depending on the size of the shrimp, they will cook in about 4-6 minutes. Flip halfway through to get a nice char/color on each side.

What type of tortillas should I use?

Honestly, the best kind of tortillas to use for these spicy shrimp tacos is completely up to you! 

Flour tortillas are easier to use because you don’t have to bake them first. they also hold a bit more.

If you use corn tortillas, you will need to warm them up before assembling the tacos so they are easier to handle. This is also the best option for those with a gluten allergy! 

No matter which kind of tortillas you use, I suggest making sure they are small. I don’t recommend using burrito tortillas for this recipe.

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What is Avocado Lime Crema?

Crema is a Mexican condiment that is a creamy sauce similar to sour cream consistency with a slightly tangy flavor. For this avocado crema recipe, I used traditional sour cream, but you can substitute greek yogurt as well!

What’s in Avocado Lime Crema?

Avocado: 1, medium

Cilantro: 1/2 cup, freshly chopped

Jalapeno: 1, seeds removed

Garlic: 3 cloves (minced or pressed)

Lime: 2, juiced (about 4tbsp)

Sour Cream: 1/2 cup, I prefer low-fat for this recipe

Oil: 3 tbsp (olive or avocado)

Water: 3tbsp, more for a thinner consistency

Kosher Salt: 1/2 tsp

How to Make the Avocado Lime Crema

While the shrimp is marinating, in a food processor add the avocado crema ingredients: avocado, cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, lime juice, yogurt, oil, water and kosher salt. Pulse until all the ingredients are smooth. If the consistency is too thick, add another tbsp of water. Set aside.

What goes with Spicy Shrimp Tacos and Avocado Lime Crema?

Optional Garnishes:

Shredded Cabbage

Fresh Cilantro

Fresh Pico

Shredded Cheese

Yellow Rice

Black beans

Lime Wedges

Salsa

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Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Lime Crema

This delicious spicy shrimp recipe is everything you'd ever want in a taco. An easy and must-make Taco Tuesday Recipe!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, Seafood
Servings 4
Calories 950 kcal

Ingredients
  

Shrimp Marinade

  • 1 lb Shrimp uncooked, peeled, deveined, tails removed
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregeno
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Lime, juiced (about 2tsp)
  • 3 tbsp Olive or Avocado Oil
  • 8-10 Flour or Corn Tortillas

Avocado Lime Crema

  • 1 medium Avocado
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro
  • 1 Jalapeno seeds removed
  • 3 cloves Garlic, peeled
  • 2 Limes, juiced (about 4tsp)
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 3 tbsp Olive or Avocado Oil
  • 3 tbsp Water
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt

Optional Garnishes

  • Shredded Cabbage
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Pico
  • Lime Wedges

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients: 3 tbsp oil, lime juice, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, garlic, red pepper flakes, and kosher salt. Add in prepped shrimp, stir to coat all the shrimp with marinade. Place in refrigerator and marinate for up to 30 minutes.
  • While the shrimp is marinating, in a food processor add the avocado crema ingredients: avocado, cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, lime juice, yogurt, oil, water and kosher salt. Pulse until all the ingredients are smooth. If the consistency is too thick, add another tbsp of water. Set aside.
  • You can either cook the shrimp in a cast iron skillet or grill them. Over medium/high heat place the shrimp into the skillet. Ensure they are all laid flat into the pan and not on top of each other, this will allow for even cooking. Depending on the size of the shrimp, they will cook in about 4-6 minutes. Flip halfway through to get a nice char/color on each side.
  • Assemble the tacos: Place the tortilla down, add a few shrimp, drizzle avocado crema over the top, garnish with desired toppings and serve! The shrimp is actually really good served hot or cold.
Keyword easy recipe, healthy, quick, seafood, shrimp, tacos, under 30, weeknight

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