Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

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In less than 30 minutes, you can make THE BEST Grilled Shrimp Tacos with cabbage slaw & creamy avocado salsa! This easy Mexican recipe is healthy, fresh & gluten free!

Serve these tacos with your favorite Mexican sides like Mexican Street Corn and Mexican Rice!

Grilled shrimp tacos, topped with slaw on white plate

These tacos combine two of my all-time favorite recipes on the blog, Creamy Avocado Salsa and Chili Lime Grilled Shrimp. The salsa is also known as “awesome sauce” by my friends because it’s creamy, flavorful perfection! And the shrimp has been a hit on the blog since 2011!

I added a red pepper cabbage slaw to these easy shrimp tacos for a crunch on top. Each element of these tacos is so easy to make and the entire recipe comes together in just 25 minutes!

These tacos are impressive enough to grill for friends on the weekend. They’re also easy enough to make for a quick and simple weeknight meal. Each taco is only 183 calories, making this a light and healthy recipe you can feel good about digging into!

Overhead image of three shrimp tacos on plate with a side of avocado salsa

How to make Grilled Shrimp Tacos

  • Marinate the shrimp.
    • In a medium bowl, combine minced garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce and chili powder. Add lime juice, red pepper flakes and olive oil, whisk to combine.
      • Quick Tip! If you’re gluten free, be sure to use Tamari or gluten free soy sauce when making the marinade.
    • Add large peeled & deveined shrimp (with the tails removed) to the marinade and toss to coat.
    • Place the marinating shrimp in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to marinate.
  • Prepare the Creamy Avocado Salsa.
    • Follow the link above for the recipe. I promise it’s as easy as tossing ingredients in a blender and pureeing!
  • Prepare the red pepper cabbage slaw.
    • In a medium bowl, combine sliced red bell peppers with green and red cabbage and lime juice.
  • Grill the shrimp.
    • Preheat a grill to medium.
    • Add the shrimp to the grill and cook for 1-2 minutes per side.
      • Quick tip! Don’t have a grill handy? The shrimp can be prepared in a grill pan or cast iron skillet on the stove. Simply cook the shrimp on the stove over medium high heat for 1-2 minutes per side.
  • Assemble the tacos.
    • Before turning off the grill, heat corn tortillas on the grill for 15-20 seconds per side.
      • Quick Tip! I find the flavor of corn tortillas to pair perfectly with these tacos. (And it makes them gluten free!) But if you prefer flour tortillas, you can substitute them for the corn tortillas.
    • Spread 2-3 tablespoons creamy avocado salsa in the middle of each tortilla.
    • Top each tortilla with four grilled shrimp and red pepper cabbage slaw.
    • Add crumbled cotija cheese and fresh chopped cilantro on top.
    • Optional: Add additional toppings like sour cream, hot sauce or pico de gallo

How many calories are in a grilled shrimp taco?

Each grilled shrimp taco is 183 calories. You can easily fill up on two tacos for just 366 calories.

Each taco also provides 9 grams or protein, 4 grams of fiber and 1079 mg vitamin A.

What sides go with shrimp tacos?

Rice, beans, chips and salsa are all great traditional sides for shrimp tacos. If you want to switch things up a bit, try one of my favorite easy Mexican side dishes!

  • Cilantro Pesto Risotto – instead of rice, try this fun Mexican spin on a classic Italian dish!
  • Mexican Quinoa Salad – for a healthy addition of plant based protein, try this tasty quinoa salad on the side!
  • Mango Salsa – dip up this scrumptious salsa with tortilla chips or bell peppers!
  • Couscous with Roasted Tomatillos – this vegan side dish is easy to whip up in just 15 minutes!
  • Pico De Gallo – this super easy fresh homemade salsa is a great addition on top of the tacos. It’s also delicious on the side with tortilla chips.
  • Mexican Sweet Potato Salad – this fun twist on potato salad is healthy, gluten free & full of flavor!

Tacos filled with shrimp, slaw and avocado salsa on white plate with fresh cilantro

Looking for more taco goodness? (I mean really, who isn’t?!) Check out the Top 5 Most Popular Taco Recipes on the blog!

  1. Slow Cooker Chipotle Honey Pulled Pork Tacos – everyone raves about these tacos! They’re made with lean pork tenderloin & cooked in a sweet & smokey sauce for an incredibly flavorful taco!
  2. Crock Pot Beef Barbacoa Tacos – no need to head to Chipotle for barbacoa, this homemade recipe is EVEN BETTER & so easy to make!
  3. Grilled Carne Asada Tacos – California is best known for two types of tacos, carne asada and fish tacos. I spent years perfected this carne asada recipe so you can enjoy it at home, no matter where you live!
  4. Pressure Cooker Chicken Tacos – this one is for all of the Instant Pot fans out there! These tacos are so easy to make with just 4 ingredients in 29 minutes!
  5. Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos – the perfect taco for Meatless Monday or Taco Tuesday, these vegan tacos are one of my all-time favs!

 

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Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Avocado Salsa

In less than 30 minutes, you can make THE BEST Grilled Shrimp Tacos with creamy avocado salsa! This easy Mexican recipe is light, fresh & gluten free!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 tacos
Calories 183 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

Chili Lime Grilled Shrimp

  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce tamari for gluten free
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp lime juice fresh squeezed
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 24 large shrimp peeled & deveined, tails removed

Red Pepper Cabbage Slaw

  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 cup red cabbage shredded
  • 1 cup green cabbage shredded
  • 2 tbsp lime juice fresh squeezed

Grilled Shrimp Tacos

  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup creamy avocado salsa click link for recipe
  • ¼ cup cotija cheese crumbled
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped

Instructions

Chili Lime Grilled Shrimp

  1. Add the minced garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, chili powder, lime juice, red pepper flakes and olive oil to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.

  2. Add the shrimp to the marinade and place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to marinate.

  3. Preheat a grill to medium. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and grill for 1-2 minutes per side.

Red Pepper Cabbage Slaw

  1. While the shrimp marinates, combine the bell pepper, cabbage and 2 tbsp lime juice in a medium bowl to create the slaw.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos

  1. Also while the shrimp marinates, prepare the creamy avocado salsa.

  2. After the shrimp is grilled, place the tortillas on the grill for 15-20 seconds per side.

  3. Spread 2-3 tbsp avocado salsa in the middle of each tortilla, then top with four shrimp and cabbage slaw.

  4. Add crumbled cotija cheese and fresh chopped cilantro on top.

Recipe Notes

  • Other Optional Toppings: Sour Cream, Hot Sauce, Pico De Gallo
  • Stovetop Method: if you don't have a grill available, the shrimp can be cooked on the stove in a grill pan or cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Cook the shrimp for 1-2 minutes per side.