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spicy shrimp tacos served with lime wedges
Course dinner

Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

By: Elysia
Servings 8 tacos
These easy spicy shrimp tacos with cilantro lime slaw are so tasty and perfect for your next taco Tuesday or any day of the week! They only require a few simple steps and are ready to serve in less than 25 minutes. Best shrimp tacos ever! {Gluten-free & dairy-free-friendly}
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes


For the shrimp tacos:

  • 1 1/2 lbs jumbo shrimp cooked, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 8 corn tortillas

For the slaw:

  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup finely diced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of one lime (about 1-2 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Optional toppings:

  • Avocado
  • Cheese (try Cojita cheese)
  • Additional cilantro
  • Lime juice


  • Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels. Toss the shrimp in a medium bowl with the spice mix and juice of half a lime until well coated.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the shrimp to the hot pan and saute for 5-8 minutes, flipping occasionally, until the shrimp are cooked through.*
  • In a large bowl, mix together the ingredients for the slaw until combined.
  • Serve on warm corn tortillas. To assemble, layer some mashed avocado, shrimp and slaw. Garnish with cheese, fresh cilantro and lime juice, if desired.



  • Keep an eye on the shrimp and be careful not to overcook it or it will be rubbery.
  • You can purchase pre-shredded cabbage to cut down on prep time.
  • Make up a double or triple batch of the taco seasoning mix to cut down on prep time when making these tacos in the future. 
  • I like to heat up the tortillas in a frying pan for a couple of minutes per side to get them nice and warm and slightly crispy.
  • Finish the tacos with all your favorite toppings. I like to add cojita cheese, avocado, lime juice, cilantro and other fun toppings. Mango or pineapple salsa, jalapenos and guacamole all work great!
  • Shrimp and slaw mixture can be stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
  • Nutritional information is based on one shrimp taco.


Calories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 14gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 538mgPotassium: 299mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 3308IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 1mg
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