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spicy shrimp tacos served with lime wedges

Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Slaw

These delicious spicy shrimp tacos are so quick and easy to make, and more than perfect for your next taco Tuesday! With minimal preparation required, they are ready to serve in less than 30 minutes. Served with a fresh cilantro lime slaw, these high protein tacos are bursting with flavour! {gluten-free}
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 6 -8 tacos
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Elysia


For the shrimp tacos:

  • 1 1/2 lbs jumbo shrimp cooked, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 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
  • 6-8 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 small bowl with the spice mix 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 fo the slaw until combined.
  • Serve on corn tortillas. To assemble, layer some mashed avocado, shrimp and slaw. Garnish with cheese, cilantro and lime juice, if desired.


*Keep an eye on the shrimp and be careful not to overcook it or it will be rubbery.
** 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: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 554mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 4269IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 224mg | Iron: 4mg
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