6 Shrimp Recipes to Try on Taco Night

You’ll taco 'bout them all week long.

January 20, 2020
Ree Dummond's Shrimp Tacos

Shrimp Tacos

Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

Looking for a way to shake things up on your next taco night? Why not add shrimp to the mix? Packed with tons of flavors and loaded with colorful ingredients, shrimp tacos will quickly become your new favorite. (I know they’re my go-to whenever the Tex-Mex craving hits!) Warm tortillas, sizzling shrimp, tongue-tingling seasonings — my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Ready to make tonight a shrimp taco night? Here are a few recipes to get you started.

Shrimp Tacos (pictured above)

Ree Drummond serves up her classic take on tacos by tossing shrimp with enchilada sauce — to bring out the tantalizing flavors of spices and chili peppers. To top things off, she creates a subtle yet refreshing jalapeno-cabbage slaw with vinegar, cayenne and mayonnaise. It’s the perfect complement a fiery dish with a tangy taste.

Food Network's Shrimp Taco as seen on Food Network

Food Network's Shrimp Taco as seen on Food Network

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Bring out the savory flavors of shrimp tacos with a little smoky chipotle. To brighten up the dish visually (and flavor-wise), add homemade avocado salsa verde. The medley of onions, garlic, jalapenos, tomatillos and avocado make a chunky topping sure to please any taco lover.

Food Network Kitchen's Tilapia and Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

Food Network Kitchen's Tilapia and Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

Photo by: Tara Donne ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Tara Donne, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Seafood lovers unite! Tilapia and shrimp make a surprising (and delicious) blend of tender, seafood goodness. A simple seasoning of lime juice and fresh herbs gives the tacos a tangy taste that is light enough to not overpower the seafood. Keep an eye on the fish to make sure it cooks evenly — tilapia filets have one side that is thicker than the other.

Weeknight Cooking



An interesting (and refreshing) take on the shrimp taco: Grill the seafood with a brush of grapefruit marinade for a sweet and citrusy flavor. A simple grapefruit and red onion salad on the side adds delicious contrast — and makes a great topping for these tasty tacos.

Photo by: Armando Rafael

Armando Rafael

There’s nothing better than ‘shrimp on the barbie.’ So, why not serve up a slightly charred shrimp taco (with all that sweet-and-spicy marinade locked in). Cilantro and lime wedges are a must along with the spicy sour cream coleslaw.

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