Cajun Shrimp Tacos

Just because summer is “over”, doesn’t mean I’m fully giving up all of the tropical flavors. Before the temperatures officially drop and it’s time for cinnamon and pumpkin everything, I’m going to continue to enjoy these Cajun spiced shrimp tacos with a tropical mango avocado salsa. The perfect way to switch up your #FFTacoTuesday, and an especially great option for any pescatarians out there. Shrimp can be an intimidating ingredient to cook, but I promise it is super easy and quick and the trick I include in these directions regarding the shape of the shrimp is a foolproof way of realizing when they’re fully cooked through. Go enjoy these tacos and let your imagination run wild with pretending you’re on a gorgeous tropical beach somewhere.

Ingredients (serves 4):

Cajun Shrimp Taco Bar
  • Shrimp (2 dozen – peeled & deveined)

  • Avocado (1)

  • Mango (1)

  • Grape tomatoes (1/2 cup)

  • Lime (2)

  • Bell pepper (1)

  • Cheese spread (1/2 cup) – not necessary, but I love a vegan cheese spread as a base layer

  • Tortillas (8 – assuming 2 tacos per person)

  • Avocado oil

  • Cayenne pepper

  • Paprika

  • Chili powder

  • Salt

  • Pepper


  1. Place the shrimp in a bowl and season with the juice of 1 lime, 1 teaspoon of avocado oil, and 1 teaspoon each of chili powder, cayenne pepper, and paprika, and ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper

  2. Combine that mixture so that all of the shrimp are evenly seasoned and set aside

  3. Peel the mango and cut into ½ inch pieces, quarter the grape tomatoes, and cut the avocado into ½ inch chunks and then place them all in to a bowl

  4. Season that mixture with the juice of 1 lime, ½ teaspoon of chili powder, and ½ teaspoon of salt & pepper and mix well

  5. Chop the bell pepper into ½ inch pieces and place on a hot skillet with ½ teaspoon of avocado oil and sauté for ~10 minutes, or until the pepper is softened and slightly browned on the outside

  6. On a hot skillet with ½ teaspoon of avocado oil, place the shrimp down and wait for ~5 minutes, or until you can see that the bottom half of the shrimp is cooked through and no longer translucent, and then flip

  7. Cook on the other side for an additional ~5 minutes, or until the shrimp have formed the letter “C” and are no longer translucent

  8. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside in a bowl

  9. Char the tortillas on the open flame of your stovetop flipping continuously for ~30 seconds

  10. Serve everything as a build your own taco bar and enjoy!

Allergen Information:

  • Gluten Free (depending on tacos used)

  • Dairy Free (depending on cheese spread used)

  • Soy Free

  • Nut Free

Cajun Shrimp Taco