Taco night becomes epic with these easy shrimp tacos! FULL of flavor with a little (or a lot) of Cajun seasoning and fresh avocado salsa. Catch all the action on these delicious tacos right here:
If there were a taco I’d serve to a hungry crowd of people, these Cajun Shrimp Tacos are it! They’re quick to make, packed with flavor, and extremely satisfying.
In case you want to be the life of the party AND make fresh, healthy meals- you’ll find it all in the Taco Tuesday Cookbook. It has everything you need and with the Taco Tuesday series- you’ll be the neighborhood’s favorite party animal.
But let’s get back to Cajun Shrimp Tacos.
How to Make Shrimp Tacos
This might be my favorite way to make shrimp tacos! A little kick from the Cajun seasoning with fresh avocado salsa, these tacos are on a different level. A different universe.
If you need easy recipes that come together quick, this is the perfect meal for you! The avocado salsa is easy to make and can be prepped a few hours ahead, and the shrimp take minutes to cook. I don’t know about you, but I’m SO Taco Tuesday ready!
How to Cook Shrimp in a Skillet
For this recipe, I went with my trusty skillet. Make sure to get the skillet HOT before adding the shrimp. This tiny detail will give them the perfect sear.
Also, shrimp cook up super fast, so watch them closely! I’m talking 4 minutes max with a flip in between. Otherwise, they’ll be overcooked, and that’s no bueño!
Are Shrimp Tacos Healthy?
You can’t get any fresher than cooked shrimp or the homemade avocado salsa! These tacos pack protein, healthy fats, and carbs, so you can enjoy a well-balanced meal that fits nicely in the palm of your hand. Wouldn’t mom be proud? I know I am.
Much like fish tacos, these make a healthy, satisfying meal that doubles as party food or family taco night. The avocado salsa yields a lot, but that’s a good thing because you’ll want to eat it on its own.
What to put on Spicy Tacos
WARNING: I’m about to get technical with food pairings- but it’s a happy ending, so read carefully.
Whenever you have heat or spice in a recipe, pair it with a source of salt/fat, in this case, avocado and cheese. This helps to balance out the flavors. Think about it; Chipotle sauce and goat cheese, salsa and sour cream, Buffalo sauce with blue cheese or ranch dressing, I think you get the idea.
What’s the happy ending? Tacos, of course!
How to Season Cajun Flavored Tacos
These tacos have great flavor from the Cajun seasoning. It’s the Holy Grail to seasoned food down here in the South, and I like to use on chicken, burgers, seafood, fish- basically everything.
Unfortunately not all grocery stores carry my favorite blend, but you can find it on Amazon, this is the one I use. If you’re a first-timer to Cajun seasoning, you are in for a pleasant surprise.
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Cajun Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa
This recipe is from Laura’s Cookbook, The Taco Tuesday Cookbook.
The flavors of New Orleans take these grilled shrimp to a whole new level. Add some avocado salsa – which, by the way, you’ll want to eat on its own – and this taco recipe is one you’ll crave often.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Total Time: 17 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Cuisine: Tacos
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 1/2 cups corn kernels
- 1 can (15-ounce) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 2 avocados, pitted, peeled, and diced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 12 corn tortillas, store-bought or homemade, warmed
- 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
- In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with the Cajun seasoning.
- In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, until no longer pink.
- In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, corn, black beans, red onion, avocado, cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Toss to mix well.
- Assemble the tacos by placing a scoop of avocado salsa on each tortilla, then add some shrimp and top with crumbled feta and cliantro.
- Serving Size: 2 tacos
- Calories: 396
- Sugar: 6.2g
- Sodium: 570.7mg
- Fat: 11.6g
- Saturated Fat: 4g
- Carbohydrates: 49.3g
- Fiber: 10.4g
- Protein: 27.4g
- Cholesterol: 138.5mg
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