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Simple Spicy Shrimp Tacos

If my attention wanders while I'm reading a recipe, I immediately know I will never make it. I find my mind typically drifts around the 10th ingredient. But, if I find an easy recipe that I know I can make even easier, then chances are I'll make it - probably that night.

Sitting in the my car today outside the grocery store scrolling through recipes on my phone as I often do, I found several recipes for shrimp tacos that had potential. Weeding out any recipe that had the word "slaw" in it, I concocted this one by blending the salsa. It's not that I don't like slaw, it's just that I don't have time for slaw on a Wednesday night. This whole meal took me under 20 minutes and earned me a couple "sombreros off to the chef" in my house. Fresh, simple, clean and delicious. Enjoy!



  • 16-20 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1½ tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped

  • 3 T jalapeno, seeded and chopped

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • Juice from half a lime

  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, stems ok


  • 6 small corn tortillas

  • Sour cream – if you use dairy

  • Avocado slices

  • Chopped cilantro

  • Lime juice


  • In a medium bowl whisk together olive oil, garlic, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and salt. Add in shrimp and toss to coat. Let sit for at least 10 minutes.

  • While you wait: Combine tomato, jalapeno, salt, pepper, lime juice, and cilantro in a high speed blender until well mixed.

  • Heat oil a large skillet, preferably cast iron, on medium high. Add shrimp. Cook until pink and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side.

To assemble:

  • One corn tortilla

  • One slice of avocado

  • 2-3 shrimp

  • A couple spoonfuls of salsa

  • Top with cilantro, lime, sour cream as you wish. Enjoy!

MAKES: 6 tacos depending on size of shrimp

TIME: 20 minutes, 30 max.

HEARTFUL RECIPE - One of our real food recipes that focuses on veggies, protein, healthy fats and/or healthy carbs and doesn't include gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, corn (While this recipes uses corn tortillas, they are gluten free. Sometimes you have to pick your battles. Some days I would enjoy the corn tortillas...and other days skip them and enjoy the shrimp with the salsa alone) or peanuts.

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