Spicy Shrimp Tacos

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These spicy shrimp tacos are a great recipe for an authentic Mexican dinner.

Mexican food is a staple in my house. We have taco Tuesdays and chili Fridays really often.

This is not a subtle and shy cuisine. You will find bold and super spicy flavors that work harmoniously in the same dish.

I like to marinate the shrimps before cooking them because they absorb the spices flavor better. I make a pretty simple marinate with some olive oil, garlic powder, cayenne pepper — the spice factor — paprika, cumin — strong pungent flavor —  and salt.

This is a basic marinade that you can use either for beef or chicken in case you want to substitute the shrimps.

The shrimps must soak into the marinate for at least 10 minutes. The longer the better, so if you can let them overnight you will get more flavor payoff at the time of cooking the shrimps.

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What about the authentic green sauce?

This is as simple as using a food processor to get an instant green sauce. The magic is the fresh ingredients that make this sauce shine in these shrimp tacos.

Coriander, parsley, garlic, olive oil, and vinegar. All strong flavors that will take these tacos to another level of yumminess.

You can use this sauce as a side for a variety of Mexican dishes. Now you can use another Mexican sauce besides the classic red salsa.

More Mexican recipes:

Mexican Molletes with pico e’ gallo

Frijoles charros

Mexican chicken casserole

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Spicy Shrimp Tacos
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
These spicy shrimp tacos are a great recipe for an authentic Mexican dinner.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: shrimp tacos
Servings: 2 people
  • 3 wheat tortilla or taco shells
  • 250 gr peeled and deveined shrimps
  • 1 avocado
  • Jalapeños
  • Mexican salsa
  • Greens mix lettuce, cabbage, arugula
Shrimp marinate
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
Green sauce
  • 1 cup fresh coriander
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • ½ small green bell pepper
  • ½ small onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade and let the shrimp marinate into the mix for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Heat a big pan over medium heat. Cook the shrimps for 2 minutes each side. Until they are pink.
  3. In a food processor mix all the ingredients for the green sauce and process until you get a sauce-like consistency.
  4. Assemble the tacos. Fill in the wheat tortillas with the shrimps, the green sauce, some greens, avocado, Mexican salsa and jalapeños for extra spicy factor. Enjoy!

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