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Spicy Shrimp Tacos and Homemade Avocado Salsa
I’m going to tell you a secret, you can put practically anything in a taco and it will be delicious. Ground beef, brisket, grilled chicken, pulled pork, and fish all taste excellent on a taco. While those are all solid choices, lately my favorite is shrimp. And not just any shrimp, but spicy shrimp served with homemade avocado salsa.
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I’m ready to bring the heat on game day, and every day, with Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa. Pro Tip: Mix up some extra salsa for guests to eat with chips!
Before I start prepping my salsa I put get my shrimp marinating. For tacos I like to use small shrimp, and these are already cooked, peeled, deveined, and have their tails off. The shrimp and marinade go into a resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes while I’m prepping my salsa.
Homemade Avocado Salsa
Homemade salsa is quick and so refreshing to make, and you can really control the heat level for your personal taste. I give the chopped tomatoes and onions a little whir in the food processor before adding some of the other ingredients.
For my shrimp tacos I specifically wanted to make this an avocado salsa, and for that you need a fresh avocado. I chopped it last and added larger chunks, but that’s a personal choice.
I mentioned these are spicy right? You can add some jalapeno to the salsa itself, and you can just slice one up to garnish the tacos when you are done as well.
Spicy Shrimp Marinade
Now that my homemade salsa is made, I pull out my marinating shrimp and toss them into a pan for about 5 minutes. Technically the shrimp are already cooked, so this is really just searing them a bit and cooking in the flavor. (If you’re grilling, you can slide your shrimp onto a skewer and toss them onto the grill!)
Shrimp are cooked, and I only ate a few directly from the pan, so now I can put together my tacos!
I like to put all the toppings on a platter and then guests can assemble their own spicy shrimp tacos. On the menu are shrimp, homemade avocado salsa, sliced jalapenos, shredded cabbage, and crumbled goat cheese.
While I prefer flour tortillas, you can serve these in soft or crunchy corn tortillas as well.
Ready to get a little spicy? It’s Game on with Spicy Shrimp Tacos and Homemade Avocado Salsa!
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- Shrimp Marinade
- 100 small shrimp
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 cloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp lime juice
- Homemade Avocado Salsa
- 1 pound tomatoes, chopped
- 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
- 1 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
- 1 avocado peeled, seeded, and chopped
- 1/2 jalapeno seeded and diced
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
- 1 clove garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
- shredded cabbage
- crumbled goat cheese
- flour tortillas
Homemade Avocado Salsa
- Combine tomato and onion in a food processor and chop to a fine consistency.
- Add cilantro, lime juice, garlic, avocado, and jalapeno (optional).
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Set aside.
- In a medium bowl whisk together live oil, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt, and lime juice.
- Add in shrimp and toss to combine.
- Pour shimp and marinade into a resealable bag and place in refrigerator to marinate while you prepare salsa (or for approximately 20 minutes).
- Heat a cast-iron skillet or large heavy-duty frying pan for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for about 5 minutes.
Spicy Shrimp Tacos
- Warm flour tortillas.
- Assemble tacos with shredded cabbage, spicy shrimp, avocado salsa, and top with goat cheese and sliced jalapeno (optional).