Get ready to savor an explosion of flavors with these one-of-a-kind killer tequila lime shrimp tacos! The zesty shrimp, refreshing cilantro lime slaw, and sweet heat of mango lime salsa create a Tequila Lime Shrimp Taco like no other! Enjoy the fiesta, amigos! 🍤🌮🎉
What Makes This Recipe Work
- Flavorful Marinade: The tequila and lime juice marinade infuses the shrimp with a burst of tangy and zesty flavors. The combination of garlic, chili powder, cumin, and paprika adds depth and complexity to the marinade, enhancing the taste of the shrimp.
- Perfectly Cooked Shrimp: Marinating the shrimp not only imparts flavor but also helps to tenderize the shrimp, resulting in moist and succulent shrimp when cooked. The quick cooking time in a hot skillet ensures that the shrimp stay tender and don’t become rubbery.
- Balanced Slaw: The cilantro lime slaw adds a refreshing and crunchy element to the tacos. The combination of shredded cabbage, cilantro, lime juice, and a touch of mayonnaise creates a balanced and creamy slaw that complements the shrimp perfectly.
- Sweet and Spicy Salsa: The mango avocado salsa offers a delightful contrast of flavors. The sweetness of the mango pairs harmoniously with the creaminess of the avocado.
- Exclusivity: The unique one-of-a-kind combination of tequila-lime-marinated shrimp, cilantro slaw, and mango salsa sets this recipe apart from traditional shrimp taco recipes, making it a standout dish that guests won’t soon forget.
How To Make Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos
For the Tequila Lime Shrimp:
- Whisk together tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice, minced garlic, olive oil, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
- Add those large, succulent shrimp to the party, tossing them in the zesty marinade until they’re well-coated.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes while we prepare the rest.
For the Cilantro Lime Slaw:
- Get your cabbage ready and shred it like a boss.
- Chop up some fresh cilantro and mix it with mayonnaise, lime juice, salt, and pepper.
- Pop it in the fridge to meld.
The Lime Mango Salsa:
This salsa was originally created to pair with our healthy grilled salmon. You can find the recipe by clicking here. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Let’s cook and assemble:
- Fire up a large skillet over medium-high heat and place the shrimp in it. Give them 2-3 minutes on each side until they’re pink and charred.
- Warm up those tortillas so they become soft and pliable, either on the stove, grill, or in a skillet.
- Layer several shrimp on each tortilla, and then top with the cilantro lime slaw and a generous spoonful of the lime mango salsa, and you’ve got a taco masterpiece!
- Serve ’em up with lime wedges on the side, ’cause a little extra tang never hurt nobody.
There you have it, amigos – our Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos, packed with bold flavors and freshness that’ll transport you to taco paradise!
- Cojita Cheese
- Red Onions
- Sour Cream
WHAT TO SERVE WITH SHRIMP TACOS:
You know we can’t let those Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos dance alone, right! Here are some mouthwatering sidekicks to make this fiesta even more unforgettable:
- Refried Beans: Creamy, savory, and oh-so-satisfying, refried beans make the perfect side dish to complement the bold flavors of the tacos.
- Mexican Rice: Fluffy, seasoned rice with tomatoes, onions, and a touch of cumin – a tasty and comforting side that’ll elevate your taco experience.
- Roasted Poblano Peppers: Add some smoky, mild heat to your plate with roasted poblano peppers, sliced and served alongside the tacos.
- Cucumber Salad: Cool down with a crisp cucumber salad dressed in lime juice, cilantro, and a hint of chili powder for a burst of refreshing flavors.
- Pico de Gallo: Fresh salsa made with mangoes, diced tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, cilantro, and lime juice adds a tangy and spicy kick to the tacos.
- Grilled Pineapple: Grill slices of pineapple until caramelized and slightly smoky for a tropical and juicy side dish.
TROPICAL TEQUILA LIMA SHRIMP TACOS
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For Tequila Lime Shrimp:
- 1 lb. Large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- ¼ Cup Tequila
- ¼ Cup Freshly squeezed lime juice
- 3 Cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Chili powder
- ½ teaspoon Cumin
- ½ teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- Salt and pepper to taste
For Cilantro Lime Slaw:
- 1 Cup Shredded cabbage
- ¼ Cup Chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise
- 1 Tablespoon Freshly squeezed lime juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 8 small flour or corn tortillas
- Lime wedges for serving
- In a bowl, combine tequila, lime juice, minced garlic, olive oil, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Add the shrimp, tossing to coat well. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- While the shrimp is marinating, prepare the cilantro lime slaw by mixing shredded cabbage, chopped cilantro, mayonnaise, lime juice, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- In another bowl, combine the ingredients to make the lime mango salsa. Set aside.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the marinated shrimp and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until they turn pink and opaque. Remove from heat.
- Warm the tortillas in a dry skillet or microwave until soft and pliable or place them over the stove or grill to char.
- To assemble the tacos, layer the tequila lime shrimp on each tortilla, followed by a generous amount of cilantro lime slaw and a spoonful of mango salsa.
- Serve the tequila lime shrimp tacos with lime wedges for squeezing over the top.