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Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Slaw
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

These spicy shrimp tacos have a chipotle chili marinade for spicy smoky flavor and are paired with a creamy cilantro slaw for a quick 30 minute meal that is so flavorful and delicious.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Tex Mex
Keyword: Creamy Cilantro Slaw, Spicy Shrimp Tacos
Servings: 3 people
Calories: 471 kcal
Author: The Dizzy Cook
Spicy Shrimp Tacos
  • pound peeled and deveined raw shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or any mild oil will do)
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 corn or flour tortillas
Creamy Cilantro Slaw
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 garlic clove (or full depending on preference for garlic flavor)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon cottage cheese *can be subbed with mayo for dairy free
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 oz coleslaw mix (just 1/2 a 10oz bag)
  1. In a large bowl, combine defrosted peeled and deveined raw shrimp with oil, pomegranate juice, chipotle chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin and salt. Stir to combine and coat well. Then cover and chill in the fridge till you're ready.

  2. In a small food processor, combine the ingredients for the creamy cilantro sauce (not the coleslaw mix), blend till smooth, and place in the fridge to chill.

  3. Tortillas can be covered in tin foil and heated in the oven for 5 minutes at 350 or, if you have a gas grill or stovetop, you can toast them over the open flame about 30 seconds per side using tongs (and WATCHING CAREFULLY) to get a nice char. If microwaving, cover with a damp paper towel and heat in 15 second increments.

  4. Heat a large pan over medium high and add marinated shrimp with all of the sauce. Make sure all the shrimp are in one layer. Cook for 2-3 minutes on the first side, then flip the shrimp and cook another 2-3 minutes until cooked through and light pink. Quickly toss the coleslaw mix with the creamy cilantro sauce, and fill the tortillas with the shrimp and slaw!

Recipe Notes
  • See post for gluten-free and low carb subs
  • This recipe isn't too spicy in my opinion but I'm also Texan! If you want, you can cut back on the amount of chipotle chili powder. If you need more...well, I'm guessing you already have a favorite hot sauce. 
  • If you end up with extra cilantro sauce, you can use it as a dip or on this recipe
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Slaw
Amount Per Serving (2 tacos)
Calories 471 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 488mg163%
Sodium 2057mg89%
Potassium 305mg9%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 768IU15%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 307mg31%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.