Chili lime shrimp tacos seasoned with Tajín and topped with cilantro lime sauce, onions, and jalapenos are a flavor explosion! They are quick, easy, and super fresh!
I’m obsessed with shrimp tacos! This version with Tajín chile lime seasoning and a cilantro lime sauce is one of my favorites! The sauce is so good you’ll want to drink it.
We’re also huge fans of Tajín over here! Other favorite ways to use it are on street corn and dressed beer.
Shrimp tacos are the perfect meal. They are simple, flavorful, fresh, and cook up super quickly. We serve them all the time! They’re so easy that my husband made them on repeat with a newborn in the house!
Don’t let the ingredient list of the sauce fool you. Just toss everything in a blender, and you’re good to go.
What is Tajín ?
Tajín is a brand of seasoning. It’s a blend of chili powder, lime, and salt. And it packs a flavorful punch. It’s not hot. The chili flavor is mellow and mild. Tajín is more sour than spicy. The lime flavor is bold! Tajín is delicious and versatile! It is a perfect all-in-one seasoning to make chile lime shrimp tacos. It is also great sprinkled over sliced fruit such as apples, mango, or watermelon. Use it as the chili and lime component on Mexican street corn, rim cocktail glasses, or dress a beer.
Ingredients for chili lime shrimp tacos
Blend sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, jalapeno, cotija cheese, and salt to make a mouthwatering cilantro lime sauce.
I like to buy frozen, medium-sized, peeled, deveined, tail-off shrimp because they are quick to thaw and require little preparation. They are perfect to keep on hand for easy weeknight meals!
Tajín Clásico Chile Lime Seasoning can be found in the Mexican food aisle of most grocery stores. If you can’t find it, order it online.
Corn tortillas are best for shrimp tacos! You can substitute taco-size flour tortillas if you don’t like corn.
Finely shredded cabbage provides a nice fresh crunch. You can substitute a bag of shredded coleslaw mix to save time.
White onion & jalapeno for topping and adding more crunch and flavor.
Slice some lime wedges for serving.
Make it vegetarian: Instead of the shrimp, use roasted potatoes and sprinkle them with Tajín . You’ll also need to modify the sauce to make it suitable for lacto-ovo vegetarians. Swap the cotija cheese for crumbled feta. Just make sure that the feta you choose is made from vegetable rennet. The sauce will still contain dairy and eggs.
Make chipotle lime shrimp tacos: Swap the cilantro lime sauce for my chipotle lime sauce!
Make it extra spicy: Double the jalapeno in the sauce, and top with chopped seed-in jalapenos.
Reduce the sodium: Use Tajín Clásico Reduced Sodium Seasoning for a lower sodium version.
How to make chili lime shrimp tacos
Make the cilantro lime sauce first. It gets better after it sits for a while. Same girl, same.
Just add everything to the blender, blend until smooth, and stick it in the fridge.
Make sure everything is gathered and your toppings are prepared. These come together quickly once the shrimp starts cooking.
Thaw the shrimp under cold running water.
Pat them dry with paper towels and generously season them with Tajín.
Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet and cook the shrimp.
Heat the corn tortillas and place them in a tortilla warmer, or wrap them in a clean kitchen towel.
Assemble the tacos! Go ahead and serve them assembled, or make a build-your-own taco bar and let everyone build them how they like!
How to serve chili lime shrimp tacos
Serve shrimp tacos by themselves for a quick and easy meal! They pair perfectly with a dressed corona or a margarita! They make a perfect lunch or dinner and can be served year-round! Looking for a heartier meal? Pair them with chips & salsa, citrus slaw, rice & beans, or street corn.
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