Chili lime shrimp tacos are cooked in a flavorful chili and lime marinade, then wrapped up in warm tortillas with avocado, our Easy Pico de Gallo, and easy 4-Ingredient Guacamole for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.
So yummy – you’ll love them! Top off the meal with a Mango Sorbet and you have a delicious meal your family will rave about.
Why You'll Love This Shrimp Taco Recipe
This tacos recipe is super simple to follow and only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. You also have the option to grill the shrimp on skewers instead of stove top skillet browning.
With its delicious flavors, ease of preparation, and versatility, this taco recipe is a surefire crowd-pleaser. So next time you're looking for a quick, easy, and delicious meal, give this recipe a try!
- Easy to make: This recipe is incredibly simple to follow, requiring minimal ingredients and preparation time. The shrimp can be cooked in a skillet or on the grill, and the remaining ingredients can be easily assembled while the shrimp cooks.
- Perfect for a quick weeknight meal: These shrimp tacos are perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. They can be made in under 30 minutes, making them a great option for busy families.
- Impress your guests: These tacos are sure to impress your guests with their delicious flavors and beautiful presentation. They are perfect for a casual get-together or a special occasion.
Ingredients For Chile Lime Shrimp Tacos
You can use fresh or thawed frozen shrimp when making this fast and easy shrimp tacos recipe. When using frozen shrimp, be sure to thaw, rinse, and pat dry before using.
- Extra Large Shrimp - look for the bag to say 16 - 20 shrimp per lb.
- Lime juice - Fresh squeezed.
- Lime zest - zest the lime first, then juice it for the recipe.
- Chili powder - See our Best Chili Seasoning recipe.
- Smoked paprika
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
PRO TIP: Pop the limes in the microwave for 30 seconds, then press down and roll on the counter to loosen up so you get a lot more of the juice.
Full ingredient amounts and preparation instructions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Choosing Shrimp For Your Tacos
Shrimp are sold at the seafood counter by approximate number per pound. Since size designation has not been standardized, it's best to use the count per pound method to act as your guide for size.
The fewer the shrimp per pound, the larger the shrimp are. Larger shrimp can be labeled as U 10 meaning under 10 shrimps per pound. These are sometimes labeled as "Colossal" also. As a rule of thumb the following is a guide:
- Colossal - under 10 per lb
- Jumbo - 11 to 15 per lb
- Extra Large - 16 to 10 per lb
- Large - 21 - 30 per lb
- Medium - 31 - 35 per lb
- Small - 36 -45 per lb
- Mini or Salad shrimp - is anything smaller.
How To Make These Spicy Shrimp Tacos
You can prepare these shrimp with the seasoning in a Ziploc bag up to 24 hours before cooking. Below we are seasoning in the skillet.
These tacos are incredibly versatile and can be customized to your liking. You can choose your favorite type of tortillas, toppings, and sauces. They can also be made with different types of seafood, such as fish or scallops.
Season The Shrimp
- Heat a tablespoon of oil in your skillet. Add your raw shrimp, peeled or unpeeled, your preference. Toss in the dry seasonings and saute on medium heat. They will start to turn pink.
Cook Shrimp Until Just Pink
- As they start turning pink, add the lime juice, lime zest, and the honey. Raise the heat so they brown on some edges as they turn pink. Be careful to not overcook. Large or Colossal shrimp only need about 5 minutes cooking time total. So you will be working fast.
Serve So Family Style
- Alternatively, you can thread them on skewers and throw them on your hot outdoor grill, or broil in your stove.
- After cooking, place the chili lime kabobs or loose shrimp in a serving dish.
- Place on your table with hot steamed corn or flour tortillas with some of our homemade Pico de Gallo. Let your guests build their own tacos or wraps.
Whether you serve these as tacos, skewers, or in a bowl, these savory flavor filled shrimp make delicious a delicious meal!
These tacos are light and refreshing, making them perfect for a summer meal. They are also easy to transport, making them a great option for picnics or barbecues.
With their delicious flavors, simple preparation, and versatility, these spicy shrimp tacos are sure to become a new favorite in your household.
Substitutions and Variations
A few great variations for this recipe are:
- Chili Lime Salad - lay the hot shrimp on a bed of fresh lettuces and top with sliced avocados, salsa, chopped cilantro, and sour cream.
- Mahi Mahi Tacos - Replace the shrimp in this recipe with chunks of Mahi Mahi.
- Steak Tacos - This flavorful marinade is amazing with beef also. Just slice up a steak and lightly sear the strips in the skillet and serve as either tacos or salad!
- Store any left overs in a covered container in your fridge or freezer.
- You can keep them in the refrigerator for 3 days, in the freezer for up to a month.
Tips for Success
If possible, marinate your shrimps in the marinade ingredients for at least an hour before cooking.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can. If you want a little more heat, chipotle is amazing! They are smoked, dried jalapenos, so they really pack a flavor punch.
This recipe is easy to freeze. Use caution reheating shrimp as the microwave and quickly over cook and make them tough. Let the frozen shrimp fully thaw, then just warm on the stove top for best results.
More Delish Ideas
Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup lime juice (fresh squeezed)
- 1 tablespoon lime zest
- 1 teaspoon chili lime seasoning
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon honey
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 2 lbs Large Shrimp (21 - 30 count per lb)
- chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
For the Marinade
- If marinating ahead of time, mix 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the lime juice, lime zest, chili lime seasoning, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and the honey in a ziplock bag. Add the shrimp and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.
To Cook the Marinated Shrimp
- Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a skillet.
- If using marinated shrimp, drain them and pat them dry. Cook quickly for about 5 minutes until pink. Serve with warm corn or flour tortillas.2 lbs Large Shrimp
If using fresh unmarinated shrimp
- If using fresh raw shrimp that has not been marinated, rinse and pat dry.2 lbs Large Shrimp
- Toss the shrimp in the hot skillet, following with the lime zest, chili lime seasoning, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.1 tablespoon lime zest, 1 teaspoon chili lime seasoning, ½ teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder
- After the shrimp start to turn pink, add the honey, lime zest and lime juice. Raise the heat a little to get a little sear on the edges, being careful not to over cook. Max cooking time will be about 5 to 6 minutes.
- Serve hot with steamed corn or flour tortillas.
- If possible, marinate your shrimps in the marinade ingredients for at least an hour before cooking.
- If not marinating your shrimp, just saute with they dry seasonings, then add the lime juice, zest, and honey last.
- You can also thread the marinated shrimp on skewers and grill on your barbecue grill!