Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos

Happy taco Tuesday friends!  I don’t know about you, but I could eat tacos, burritos, fajitas or some variation of those pretty much everyday!  I’ve been making these shrimp tacos for about a year and my family absolutely loves them!

I’m a bit picky when it comes to shrimp.  After reading up on farmed seafood, I will only eat wild seafood.  Depending on the season, prices and the selection at my local grocery store I sometimes buy fresh wild shrimp or I will get frozen, raw wild shrimp.  For this recipe you will need 1 pound or more of shrimp.


  • 1-2 pounds of raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2-3 limes
  • 1 large bunch of cilantro
  • 1 -2 bell peppers – your choice on color
  • 1-2 jalapeños deseeded and deveined – adjust to your liking
  • 1 cup of green salsa
  • 2 tsp of carne asada seasoning


1. Sauté for 5-7 minutes the onion, bell peppers and jalapeños in a small amount of olive oil.Next add the shrimp.

2. Shrimp should be raw and peeled.


cilantro lime shrimp tacos, affordable, easy recipe

3. Add 1 cup of green salsa and 2 tsp of carne asada seasoning.  I used the seasoning and salsa pictured below; both are from Costco.

This seasoning is great on all meat and seafood. A good alternative is Tajin.



4. Add to the sauce pan the juice of 2 -3 limes.

This manual juicer has become one of my go to tools in the kitchen.


5. Chop 1 bunch of cilantro and add to pan.


cilantro lime shrimp tacos, affordable, easy recipe

6. Do not overcook shrimp.  Simmer until shrimp are pink.  Typically shrimp will be done in a couple of minutes.


cilantro lime shrimp tacos, affordable, easy recipe

I served these on small street taco style flour tortillas with cilantro lime quinoa and non-fat refried beans.  The shrimp are seasoned so well that the only thing I added to them was avocado.

cilantro lime shrimp tacos, affordable, easy recipe

If you try these out, let me know what you think.  The salsa and jalapeños you use can really affect the spiciness of the recipe. I would suggest starting with one jalapeño and going from there or completely omitting the jalapeños if you prefer a more mild flavor.

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