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Baja Shrimp Tacos

Baja Shrimp Tacos – a fun twist on taco night! Slightly spice shrimp with a chipotle lime sauce makes for a super quick and easy dinner!

If I had to pick a favorite food I think it would be Mexican food.  I could eat chips and Salsa or tacos or enchiladas or really any of it every day of the week.  There is just something about the spices that win me over every time!  And these shrimp tacos have a chipotle lime sauce over them that is so good you will want to make extra to dip your chips in.  

shrimp tacos on white plate

I originally started making these shrimp tacos after seeing them on the Red Robin menu.  Their description for their Baja Shrimp Tacos said “Ancho-seasoned sauteed shrimp wrapped into three flour tortillas.  Topped with fresh avocado slices, shredded cabbage, diced tomato, and drizzled with a chipotle lime sauce.”  It sounded so good, I took a picture of the menu and started coming up with a version at home.  

The shrimp are seasoned with an ancho chili powder and a few other spices and then sauteed until they are done.  Shrimp cooks in just a couple minutes, so it is great for busy weeknights. 

Cooked shrimp in skillet

How to Make Baja Shrimp Tacos

  1. The spices and olive oil are mixed with the shrimp and then you let it sit for 20 minutes.  This just helps get the seasoning into the shrimp and give them more flavor.  If you are in a hurry, you can skip this and they will still be delicious. 
  2. While the shrimp marinate mix together the sour cream, mayo, and other sauce ingredients.  They just get stirred together and then stored in the fridge until ready to use.  
  3. Next make the coleslaw for the tacos.  The mayo, lime juice and cilantro are mixed together and then tossed with coleslaw mix.  Once it is well blended it is placed in the fridge until it is time to eat.  
  4. Once the shrimp are ready, you just saute them in a large skillet for a few minutes on each side until they are cooked through. 
  5. Now you can assemble your tacos!  Top flour tortillas with some of the slaw, the shrimp, sliced avocados and then drizzle on the sauce!  
tacos with sliced avocado on plate

What to Serve with Shrimp Tacos

This Baja Shrimp Taco Recipe is a super quick and easy dinner that the whole family will love!  You can definitely make the Coleslaw and the Chipotle Sauce ahead of time. So when it is time for dinner all you have to do is season and cook the shrimp.  Shrimp is very low in calories, so it can even be a dinner you feel good about eating!  

tacos in flour tortillas on white plate

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Baja Shrimp Tacos

shrimp tacos on plate

Baja Shrimp Tacos - a fun twist on taco night! Slightly spice shrimp with a chipotle lime sauce makes for a super quick and easy dinner!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and tail removed
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Chipotle Lime Sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayo, (I used low fat)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, (I used fat free)
  • 1 whole chipotle in adobo pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp adobo sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

Mexican Coleslaw

  • 2 cups coleslaw mix
  • 2 Tbls mayo
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tsp chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Topping Ideas

  • Cheese
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Sliced Avocado
  • 8 small flour tortillas


  1. In a large plastic bag combine garlic powder, chili powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, shrimp, and 1 tsp olive oil. Mix thoroughly, and marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. For the sauce combine mayo, sour cream, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, and lime juice. Mix well, set aside until ready to serve. You will probably have leftovers of this sauce.
  3. For the coleslaw mix together mayo, lime juice, salt, and cilantro until well blended.  Add coleslaw mix and toss until well coated.  Set in fridge until ready to use. 
  4. In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat 1 tsp of olive oil. Saute shrimp until cooked through. About 5 minutes total.
  5. To serve: Fill a tortilla with cabbage, shrimp, tomatoes, avocados, and top with chipotle sauce.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 265Saturated Fat 3gCholesterol 299mgSodium 1204mgCarbohydrates 1gProtein 23g

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Thursday 7th of January 2021

These tacos are making me hungry! I want to grab one of these for dinner tonight!

Amanda Livesay

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

So much flavor! These tacos are perfect and so easy!


Tuesday 5th of January 2021

This is the perfect dinner idea for tonight! My family will go crazy over it!

Sara Welch

Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Just in time for taco Tuesday! Definitely making these for dinner tonight; looks too good to pass up!


Tuesday 5th of January 2021

Everyone at my house really loved this! So good!

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