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Chile Spiced Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp smothered in a red chile paste and served with a roasted corn & avocado salsa.  Full of flavor and not too spicy!

chile spiced shrimp tacos on a plate

And here we go again; another Monday.  I am lucky that I work from home, but Mondays are still Mondays.  And after a relaxing and good weekend, going back to work just seems so much more like a chore.  To make Monday a little better I am bringing you some crazy good shrimp tacos.

chile spiced shrimp tacos on a plate

You may recognize the roasted corn & avocado  salsa on these tacos from Friday.  I made the salsa so I could put them on these tacos!  This is another recipe from Simply Mexican.  The original recipe serves the shrimp skewered on their own.  Although I am sure they would be delicious that way, I wanted to make them into a taco, and the corn salsa seemed the like the perfect pair.

chile spiced shrimp tacos on a plate

The chile sauce for these shrimp is super easy to make.  It might look like a lot, but trust me; it is easy!  There is very little hands on time.  The sauce lasts almost forever in your fridge, so you don’t have to worry about using it up quickly.  I was a little worried about the heat level, but it is very mild.  My 8 year old, who isn’t a fan of anything spicy, loved these chile spiced shrimp.  He is already asking when I will make them again!

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Chile Spiced Shrimp Tacos

chile spiced shrimp tacos on a plate

Shrimp smothered in a red chile paste and served with a roasted corn & avocado salsa. Full of flavor and not too spicy!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


Red Chili Paste

  • 4 dried Ancho chiles
  • 4 cloves garlic, , roasted
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf, , crushed
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar


  • 1 1/4 pound shrimp, , peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup red chile paste
  • 1 Tbls olive oil
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Cilantro
  • Roasted Corn & Avocado Salsa


  1. To make the Red Chile Paste: Cut the chiles into flat pieces, remove the seeds and veins. In a skillet over medium, heat for about 3 minutes, turning part way. They will start to soften slightly.
  2. Place chiles in a blender, cover with boiling water. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  3. After 30 minutes, pour out the water. Add remaining ingredients. Plus until smooth. Add 1 Tbls of water at a time if necessary.
  4. To prepare the shrimp: Marinate shrimp for 30 minutes in 1/3 cup of red chile paste.
  5. Heat a skillet to medium-high heat. Add olive oil. Saute shrimp for 3 minutes a side until cooked through.
  6. Alternatively you could skewer the shrimp, brush it with olive oil and grill for 5 minutes until cooked through.
  7. Serve shrimp in tortillas topped with cilantro and roasted corn & avocado salsa


Adapted from Simply Mexican

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 183Cholesterol 357mgSodium 1685mgCarbohydrates 1gProtein 29g

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking

Monday 5th of August 2013

Oh yum. I'd try these with some chicken if I weren't feeling so lazy right now. :)

Emily @ Life on Food

Saturday 3rd of August 2013

We had a hodge podge dinner the other night with spicy shrimp, corn, avocado, and tomatoes in a bowl. Totally wish we had taco shells or wraps. This looks so yummy!


Friday 2nd of August 2013

Great way to start any week off, looks delicious especially with that corn salsa and good call to make these into tacos.


Tuesday 30th of July 2013

Love me some shrimp tacos! I have been craving shrimp lately!

Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

Monday 29th of July 2013

Loving the red chili sauce! What a simple and perfect weekday meal. Love the update to your blog - looks great!

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