February 28, 2022

Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Cabbage Slaw

Easy Shrimp Tacos! These delicious shrimp tacos are topped with a creamy chipotle cabbage slaw and come together in around thirty minutes or less. This is sure to be a family favorite!

Delicious and Easy Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

Who doesn’t love tacos?! These healthy and delicious shrimp tacos are a quick and easy recipe that will take you less than thirty minutes to make.

The tacos are made with flavorful juicy shrimp and topped with a crunchy cabbage slaw that you will love!

You can serve the shrimp tacos in corn tortillas or lettuce wraps, or skip the tortillas altogether make a hearty burrito inspired bowl with rice, beans, and all your favorite toppings. I know you will love this quick and easy recipe!

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shrimp taco ingredients

Shrimp Taco Ingredients

Spices: a flavorful combination of dried spices along with a little coconut sugar for sweetness is used to sweeten the shrimp.

Shrimp: speaking of shrimp, we’re using peeled and deveined shrimp for this recipe.

Greek Yogurt: a little protein packed full fat Greek yogurt is used to make the creamy dressing for the slaw.

Cabbage: the cool and crunchy slaw on top of the tacos is made with fresh cabbage.

Cilantro: you’ll need a little for the slaw and to finish off your tacos.

Lime Juice and Zest: this recipe uses both the zest and juice of a lime for all that yummy citrus flavor.

cabbage slaw ingredients

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Greek yogurt – if you don’t have full fat Greek yogurt you can substitute it with sour cream.
  • Cabbage – I like to use a combination of both shredded green and red cabbage but either will work! You can also use pre-shredded coleslaw mix to keep things even easier.
  • Shrimp – don’t love shrimp? you can use thinly sliced chicken breast instead.

chipotle slaw dressing

Helpful Kitchen Tools

mixing bowls

measuring cups

measuring spoons

whisk

citrus juicer

microplane

cast iron skillet

tongs

marinated shrimp in bowl

How to Season Shrimp for Tacos

The star of the show in this recipe is the flavorful, juicy, perfectly cooked shrimp. Thankfully, getting flavorful shrimp is incredibly easy – you just need a few simple spices.

Here is my go-to shrimp seasoning:

  • coconut sugar
  • ground cumin
  • smoked paprika
  • garlic powder
  • chipotle powder
  • lime zest

cooked shrimp in skillet

How to Make Shrimp Tacos and Chipotle Cabbage Slaw

Step One: Combine the oil, coconut sugar, ground cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, chipotle powder, and lime zest in a small bowl.

Step Two: Pat the shrimp dry and then add to a mixing bowl. Sprinkle on the seasoning blend over the shrimp along with salt and pepper. Set aside while you make the slaw.

Step Three: Add the Greek yogurt, olive oil, lime juice, chipotle powder, garlic powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk together until well combined. Then, add the shredded cabbage and chopped cilantro. Stir until well combined and the cabbage is coated in the dressing. Set aside while you make the shrimp.

Step Four: Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add a little olive oil to the pan and then add the shrimp. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until the shrimp is opaque and pink around the edges.

Step Five: Start with a base of slaw, add a few shrimp, and then top with queso fresco, chopped cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

shrimp taco on plate

Favorite Ways to Serve

You can serve these shrimp tacos with all your favorite toppings and either in traditional tortillas or as a lettuce wrap.

Here are a few of my favorite serving suggestions:

  • white corn tortillas (charred over a gas burner or heated in the oven)
  • crumbled queso fresco
  • chopped fresh cilantro
  • lime wedges for a generous squeeze of lime juice

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I hope you give these Shrimp Tacos a try! They are quick, easy, and delicious!

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Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Cabbage Slaw

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
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  • Author: Ashlea Carver

Ingredients

For the Shrimp

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 pound of shrimp, peeled and deveined

For the Slaw

  • 3 tablespoons Plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 oz shredded green and purple cabbage
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

For Serving

  • white corn tortillas
  • queso fresco
  • cilantro
  • lime wedges

Method

  1. Combine the oil, coconut sugar, ground cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, chipotle powder, and lime zest in a small bowl.
  2. Pat the shrimp dry and then add to a mixing bowl. Sprinkle on the seasoning blend over the shrimp along with salt and pepper. Set aside while you make the slaw.
  3. Make the Slaw: Add the Greek yogurt, olive oil, lime juice, chipotle powder, garlic powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk together until well combined. Then, add the shredded cabbage and chopped cilantro. Stir until well combined and the cabbage is coated in the dressing. Set aside while you make the shrimp.
  4. Make the Shrimp: Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add a little olive oil to the pan and then add the shrimp. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until the shrimp is opaque and pink around the edges.
  5. Assemble the tacos: Start with a base of slaw, add a few shrimp, and then top with queso fresco, chopped cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Keywords: shrimp tacos with cabbage, shrimp tacos, shrimp taco recipe, how to make shrimp tacos, how to season shrimp for tacos

Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: THE MINDFUL HAPA

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    3 comments
  1. These were really good even though I couldn’t find coconut sugar, I bet it would be even better with it!

  2. I made this for lunch today instead of eating my kids left overs and it was amazing! I put it over riced cauliflower with some lime and cilantro and it was perfect!

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