Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Crema

Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Crema

Dive into a world of flavor with our Ultimate Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Crema! This dish is a vibrant celebration of textures and tastes, perfectly balancing the heat from the shrimp with the cool, creamy delight of avocado crema. Whether you’re a seasoned taco enthusiast or looking for a new recipe to spice up your meal rotation, this guide promises to deliver a taco experience like no other.

Why You’ll Love These Spicy Shrimp Tacos

Our Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Crema are not just tacos; they’re a culinary adventure. Here’s why you’ll fall in love at the first bite:

  • Quick and Easy: From start to finish, you’re only 30 minutes away from devouring these delicious tacos.
  • Flavor-Packed: The combination of smoky, spicy shrimp with the tangy, creamy avocado crema will satisfy your taste buds.
  • Versatile: Perfect for a casual weeknight dinner, a festive Taco Tuesday, or a special occasion like Cinco de Mayo.

Serving Suggestions

Pair these spicy shrimp tacos with your favorite Mexican side dishes for an unforgettable meal. Consider a fresh garden salad, cheesy queso fundido, or some vibrant stuffed poblano peppers to complement the flavors.

Tips for Perfect Tacos Every Time

  • Marinade Mastery: Don’t marinate the shrimp for more than 30 minutes to avoid altering their texture.
  • Crema Creativity: Feel free to adjust the spiciness of the crema by adding more or less jalapeño.
  • Tortilla Tips: Warm your tortillas before assembling to make them more pliable and flavorful.


Our Ultimate Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Crema recipe is more than just a meal; it’s a ticket to a fiesta of flavors. With this guide, you’re well on your way to creating a dish that’s bound to become a new favorite. So, why wait? Gather your ingredients, and let’s bring the heat and heart of Mexico to your table tonight!

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Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Crema

  • Author: admin
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 tacos 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Indulge in the perfect blend of heat and creaminess with our Spicy Shrimp Tacos topped with a homemade Avocado Crema. A tantalizing treat for any day!




  • 1 lb shrimp (uncooked, peeled, deveined, tails removed (see note on shrimp prep))
  • 1 tsp dark chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic (minced (or 1/2 tsp [garlic powder]))
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tsp)
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil


  • 1 medium avocado (seed removed and flesh scooped out)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño (seeds removed)
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 2 limes (juiced (3 tbsp))
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt


  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 810 small flour or corn tortillas (lightly toasted)
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Lime Wedges


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the marinade ingredients: 3 tbsp avocado oil, lime juice, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, garlic, red pepper flakes, and kosher salt. Add in prepped shrimp, stir to coat all the shrimp with marinade. Place in refrigerator and marinate for max 30 minutes.
  • While the shrimp is marinating, in a food processor add the avocado crema ingredients: avocado, cilantro, jalapeño, garlic, lime juice, yogurt, olive oil, water and kosher salt. Pulse until all the ingredients are smooth. If the consistency is too thick, add another tbsp of water. Set aside.
  • Using a mandoline or knife, shred the cabbages. Place in a small bowl, add a few spoons of the avocado crema and toss to combine. Save the rest of the crema to drizzle over the tacos at the end.
  • You can either cook the shrimp in a cast iron skillet or grill them. Over medium/high heat place the shrimp into the skillet. Ensure they are all laid flat into the pan and not on top of each other, this will allow for even cooking. Depending on the size of the shrimp, they will cook in about 4-6 minutes. Flip halfway through to get a nice char/color on each side. If grilling, skewer them so they do not fall through the grates (see note on cooking shrimp).
  • Assemble the tacos: Place the tortilla down, add a few spoons of the cabbage slaw, add a few shrimp, drizzle avocado crema over the top (see note on crema drizzle), garnish with fresh cilantro, serve with lime wedges!


  • For a gluten-free option, use corn tortillas.
  • Adjust the level of spiciness by increasing or decreasing the amount of red pepper flakes in the marinade and jalapeño in the avocado crema.
  • The shrimp can be marinated for up to 30 minutes to enhance the flavors without compromising the texture.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Grilling/Sautéing
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1 taco
  • Calories: 250 kcal
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 85mg

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