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Chile Rubbed Shrimp Tacos | Get Inspired Everyday!

Chipotle Rubbed Shrimp Tacos

  • Author: Get Inspired Everyday!
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings, about 3 tacos per person 1x



Chipotle Shrimp:

  • 1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled
  • 2 Teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado oil, for sautéing

Tomato Avocado Pico (Salsa):

  • 3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes, weighing 1 pound
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Teaspoons minced jalapeno

Cilantro Lime Crema:

  • 1 cup sour cream, 8 ounces
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro


  • 126” shells of your choice for an average of 3 tacos per person
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce


  1. Start by combining the shrimp with the seasonings, and let it ‘marinate’ in the refrigerator while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients for the Tomato Avocado Pico, and set it aside to let the flavors develop.
  3. Mix together the sour cream, lime juice, and cilantro until thoroughly combined. Set the crema aside in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
  4. Slice the romaine lettuce very thinly to create a shredded texture. Wash and dry the lettuce, I use a salad spinner which makes this much easier.
  5. Prepare your choice of shells and set them aside to keep warm (unless you’re doing lettuce wraps).
  6. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat until it’s hot but not smoking. Add the avocado oil to the hot pan along with the marinated shrimp. Sauté for 1-2 minutes per side, or until the shrimp turns opaque in the center. The cooking time for the shrimp will vary depending on the size you use. I like to use small shrimp because they’re bite sized, fitting into the tacos well, and they’re cheaper.
  7. As soon as the shrimp are cooked, remove them from the pan into a serving dish so they don’t overcook.
  8. Serve the chipotle shrimp with the tomato avocado pico, cilantro lime crema, and the shredded lettuce in your choice of shells.


For Paleo tacos be sure to use these Paleo Crepes or lettuce for your shells.
For a dairy free crema I love using this Avocado Crema.