Baja Shrimp Tacos - Juicy, Succulent Shrimps with fragrant garlic, spicy chipotle, and smoky cumin makes for an appetizing shrimp taco that tastes so good 😋 The creamy crunchy Mexican Coleslaw with Guacamole and Chipotle Mayo adds a touch of richness to the overall taste of this seafood taco 🌮
Crispy tortillas with smoky Baja Shrimp tacos and creamy Mexican coleslaw will force you, guys to make this at least once a week. Have you tried my Blackened Shrimp Tacos or Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa (just 10-minutes) or Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa
🍤Baja Shrimp Tacos Recipe
This recipe for Baja Shrimp Taco is dedicated to all the Muchachas and Muchachos out there. Busy day? Feeling Hungry? Quickly put together this taco and get back in action.
In my home, we love this Baja Shrimp taco recipe. I find the recipe soul-satisfying. The shrimps are perfectly cooked without being chewy. It's not that spicy so my kids love it. And, finally, the crispy tortillas and the fresh coleslaw mix every bite worth it.
Baja Shrimp taco got popular after people loved Baja fish taco which is basically beer-battered cot or mahi-mahi or halibut tucked into crispy corn tortillas.
Soon people tried it with shrimps (leaving out the breading) and they loved it. Restaurants like El Pollo Loco serve one of the best Baja Shrimp tacos.
Shrimp in a Taco feels rich, appetizing, juicy, fun, and so flavorful. If you are someone who has loved seafood tacos or shrimp tacos then you should definitely try these Air Fryer Shrimp tacos with Pineapple Salsa or these Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa or this Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajita.
I love tacos. Especially with Fresh Ingredients. And this Mexican Seafood taco is packed with freshness. The coleslaw, the juicy shrimps feels so fresh. Just like these Instant Pot Shredded Hawaiian Chicken tacos and this Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken tacos
A taco is supposed to be filling. I don't like street-side tacos which have more empty shells and less filling. For me, a taco should be loaded with flavors. Just like this Authentic Mexican Chicken Tinga Taco and this Mexican Shredded Chicken Carnitas taco and this Chipotle Grilled Chicken Tacos.
- Jumbo Shrimps
- Olive Oil and Butter - I like the combination of both to sear shrimps
- Spices - Garlic Powder, Ground Cumin, Chili Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Salt, and Freshly Ground Black Pepper.
- Lime Juice
- chipotle chilis from 1 can of chipotles in adobo sauce
- Shredded Cabbage
- Red Onions
- Freshly chopped Cilantro
- Lime Juice
See the recipe card for quantities. And, check out the video for a visual🎥
STEP 1: Marinate Shrimps
Pat dry the Shrimp using a paper towel. This step is very important and moist shrimps do not cook well.
In a ziplock bag combine Shrimps with spices and olive oil. Coat shrimps evenly. Place it in the refrigerator for 20-minutes. You can also use a shallow plate to do the same thing.
STEP 2: Make Mexican Coleslaw
In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine shredded cabbage, sliced red onions, lime juice, fresh chopped cilantro, and mayonnaise. Keep this in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
STEP 3: Make Chipotle Mayo
In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine Mayonnaise, Lime Juice, and Chipotle Chili in Adobo Sauce. Give all of this a good mix and your Chipotle Mayo is ready. You can use this mayo for a variety of recipes such as tacos or burrito bowls or any Tex-Mex or Mexican recipe.
STEP 4: Sear Shrimps
In a pan, add some olive oil along with a tablespoon of unsalted butter. Once the butter melts and the oil shimmers add shrimps in one single layer. Shrimps cook in less than 2-minutes. So keep a close eye on them Flip over and cook the other side as well. You'll know your shrimps are cooked when they turn opaque white with light red spots around the tails. DO NOT overcook your shrimps
STEP 5: Assemble Tacos
Finally, Assemble Tacos in crispy corn tortillas or flour tortillas. Add Mexican coleslaw, followed by Baja Shrimps, and finally a layer of spicy Chipotle Mayo. Add some Guacamole for more flavor.
HINT: To make it Kid-friendly, just add 1-2 tablespoons of Honey or while making chipotle mayo.
See this Honey-Chipotle Chicken taco and add more variety to your recipe.
- Pat dry Shrimps: Make sure you pat dry your shrimps before coating them in spices.
- Thaw Frozen Shrimps: If you are using frozen shrimps then make sure you thaw them out before cooking.
- Use Olive Oil: Don't forget to add olive oil while coating your shrimps.
- Refrigerate: Don't skip refrigeration part of shrimps and coleslaw.
- Use Both Olive Oil and Butter: Always use a combination of butter and olive oil to sear shrimps for added richness.
- DO NOT Overcook Shrimps: Do not overcook your shrimps or else they'll become rubbery and chewy.
- Crisp up Tortillas: Crisp up your corn tortillas or flour tortillas in a dry pan over medium high heat for few minutes until they look crispy on the outside but are soft on the inside.
- Save time: Save time with some preshredded Cabbage. Combine with it red onions, lime juice, and cilantro to make homemade coleslaw.
- Spicy - You can add crushed red pepper flakes while coating your shrimps in spices for more heat.
- Jalapeños: For more heat you can add some chopped Jalapeños while serving your tacos.
- Sriracha - You can also add some Sriracha on the tacos before serving for that extra bit of heat.
- Red Wine Vinegar - You can add just a few drops of red wine vinegar in your coleslaw as it brings out the color of veggies vividly and also adds depth of flavor.
- More Garlic - While searing shrimps you can add 2-3 cloves of minced garlic just for 30-seconds and then add them to your tacos. This is totally optional but it would add a garlicky kick to your Baja Shrimp tacos.
- Low Sodium Soy Sauce: To add a saucy taste to your Shrimp tacos you can add some soy sauce while marinating shrimps.
- Sweet Chili sauce: To balance of the heat from spices you can add some sweet chili sauce while coating shrimps.
- Honey: If you feel like your sauce is too spicy, you can add 1 tablespoon of honey to balance the heat.
- Shredded Iceberg Lettuce: Instead of Shredded Cabbage you can use shredded iceburg lettuce.
- Chopped Green Onions - To garnish your tacos you can use some freshly chopped green onions.
🔥 Is this Spicy
Yes, but not that spicy that you'd be reaching out for a bottle of water after taking the first bite. Chipotle Mayo can be a bit spicy. But, you can reduce the chipotle chilies in adobo sauce if you want. To make it Kid-friendly, just add 1-2 tablespoons of Honey or while making chipotle mayo.
🌮 What Kind of Tortillas Should I use?
I would prefer corn tortillas any day over flour tortillas. But, these days you can literally make any taco with any of the two.
I like to choose small street-side taco-sized tortillas to get that restaurant-like taste. You can use any tortilla that you like.
⏰ Ahead of Time?
Yes, definitely. You can make your Mexican Coleslaw and Chipotle Mayo ahead of time. When you are ready to serve just cook your shrimp and tuck them in crispy tortillas.
You can serve them with:
- Homemade Pico de Gallo
- Refried Beans
- Beans and rice
- Corn Mango Salsa
- Roasted Tomato Salsa
- Pineapple Salsa
Tips for Perfect Taco Assembly
How you assemble your taco decided how good your taco would taste. Use these pointers and assemble your Baja Shrimp Taco like a pro.
- You can use a taco holder or just lay your tortillas on a plate.
- Start with coleslaw.
- Place Shrimps.
- Add Chipotle Mayo.
- Finish of your desired toppings.
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Baja Shrimp Tacos Recipe
- 1 lb Jumbo Shrimps peeled and deveined
- 2 teaspoon olive oil more to coat shrimps
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 pieces chipotle chilis from 1 can of chipotles in adobo sauce
- 2 cups shredded white or red cabbage
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 medium red onion thinly sliced
- 2-3 teaspoons lime juice
- 2 teaspoon freshly chopped cilantro
- Corn tortillas and flour tortillas
- sliced avocados
- diced tomatoes
- Pat dry the Shrimps with a paper towel. In a large ziplock bag combine shrimps with olive oil, garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper, ground cumin, freshly ground black pepper, and salt. Mix well and allow this to rest for 20-minutes.
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine mayo, sour cream, lime juice, and finely chopped chipotle chilis in adobo sauce. Mix well and set aside. You will definitely have leftovers of this sauce that you can use with burrito bowls or any Mexican-inspired recipes.
- In a large bowl combine Mayonnaise, Shredded Cabbage, Sliced Red Onions, lime juice, and freshly chopped cilantro. Allow this to sit in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes.
- Heat Butter and Olive Oil in a skillet. As the oil shimmers, add the shrimps to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the shrimps get cooked. Do not overcook the shrimp. Shrimps get cooked very quickly.
- Finally, Assemble tacos in corn tortillas or flour tortillas with creamy Mexican Coleslaw at the base, and spicy chipotle mayo and top with the seared Shrimps. Enjoy with some Guacamole and a final squirt of Lime Juice on top. Enjoy!