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Chipotle-Lime Shrimp Tacos

Last October, I took a cooking class at Sur la Table to learn to make street tacos. In the class, we learned how to make homemade tortillas, al pastor, chipotle-lime shrimp, and rajas tacos. I have finally gotten around to making the chipotle-lime shrimp tacos again, and they are delicious! Maybe one day I’ll make the rajas tacos again…

Searing the shrimp
Ready to eat!

Chipotle-Lime Shrimp Tacos

Yield: 4 Servings

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


For the marinade:

1 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp chipotle paste

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tbsp honey

2 tsp lime zest

2 tsp fresh lime juice

1 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp chile powder

1 lb (about 35) medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

For serving:

8 corn tortillas, warmed

2 avocados, mashed

1 lime, cut into slices

1/2 cup pickled red onions (see Note 1)

How to Make It

  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Add shrimp to the marinade and toss to thoroughly coat. Allow shrimp to marinate for 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat pan over medium-high heat. Drain shrimp from marinade and discard marinade. Sear shrimp, turning once until pink and opaque, about 2 minutes per side.
  4. To serve, put seared shrimp on a serving platter with warm tortillas and serve with mashed avocado, pickled red onion, and a lime wedge on the side.

Note 1: To make pickled red onions, first slice a red onion into very thin slices. Next, add 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp honey or sugar, 1.5 tsp salt, and 1 cup of water to a container and mix. Add onions and let soak for 1 hour. Pickled onions will remain fresh for 5 days.


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