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30 Minute Spicy Shrimp Tacos

  • Author: Maggie
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 tacos 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Mexican


These Spicy Shrimp Tacos are the answer to your weeknight meal. Easy, dairy free and on the dinner table in under 30 minutes. 



Spicy Seasoning

  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • Scant salt and pepper

Shrimp Tacos

  • Corn tortillas (see notes) 
  • 1 lb raw shrimp (deveined and tails off) cut into small bite size pieces
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 can of corn, drained (see notes)
  • 1 serrano pepper, chopped (optional for extra spice)
  • 1 package of coleslaw mix (cabbage and carrots)
  • 1 cup cilantro, loosely chopped
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • 1 lime


  1. Place drained corn and chopped pepper (if using) in a cast iron skillet or sauté pan at high heat with 1 tbsp of oil. Cook until corn starts to look slightly darkened with char marks. Set aside.
  2. Combine spices in a small bowl and mix.
  3. Option to cut shrimp into bite sized pieces (I like this better for tacos). Place shrimp in a bowl (be sure to pat them dry if they are wet from thawing). Pour 1 tbsp oil over shrimp and add the spice mixture. Mix until each shrimp has a good amount of seasoning on it.
  4. Saute the shrimp over medium heat, after 2 minutes add 1/4 cup of water and stir. Cook for another minute or until the shrimp are cooked. 
  5. Assemble the tacos with the mashed avocado at the bottom, followed by the spicy shrimp, corn, onions then slaw. Squeeze some lime juice and garnish with cilantro. 


  • If you are using corn tortillas I would recommend heating them on the stove top in a pan lightly sprayed with oil. This will harden the tortillas so they won’t rip as easily. Alternatively, you could always double layer with 2 corn tortillas or use flour tortillas.
  • If you are using frozen cooked shrimp, still heat the shrimp with the spices and add water. You won’t want to heat for long or else it will be tough.
  • If you want to skip a step, you could buy a roasted can of corn from the grocery store.

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