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Baja Shrimp Tacos

by Heather

Meet your next taco night fav – the Baja Shrimp Tacos. Perfectly seasoned shrimp that cooks up quickly, paired with a simple 3 ingredient baja sauce, plus sweet and delicious diced tomatoes, slaw, crunchy tortilla strips, and toasted tortillas. This meal is ready in under 20 minutes, and everything you need for a flavor bomb meal!

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Baja Shrimp Tacos

Baja shrimp tacos

Flavor forward. That’s exactly what this recipe is!

The quick-cooking shrimp is ready in minutes, making this the perfect weeknight, or any night meal.

Paired with fresh veggies, crunchy tortilla strips, toasted tortillas, and a bomb roasted red pepper lime sauce, you will want to make this meal over and over again. 

baja sauce

What is baja sauce?

Baja sauce is a mayo-based sauce, making it creamy, that’s paired with some heat and acid from lime juice.

We’re using roasted red pepper paste to add heat and flavor, which go perfectly with the creamy avocado oil mayonnaise.

You’ll want to spread this sauce on everything!

Cloud 9 tomatoes with Baja Shrimp Tacos

The perfect tomato for tacos

Sweet Pure Flavor® Cloud 9® Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes bring the best balance to the heat from the baja sauce and the paprika seasoned shrimp. Cloud 9 tomatoes taste fruity, sweet, and are one of my favorite tomatoes from Pure Flavor!

If you’re looking for another knock-out recipe that uses these same tomatoes, check out my tomato chili jam tart with goat cheese!

Baja Shrimp Tacos

What you need for baja shrimp tacos

prepping baja shrimp tacos

How to make baja shrimp tacos

  1. In a small bowl make the sauce by whisking the mayo, roasted red chili paste, and lime juice together.
  2. Combine the shrimp, ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil, lime juice, paprika, sea salt, pepper, and chili powder in a bowl, and toss to combine. Let the shrimp marinate for up to 15 minutes.
  3. While the shrimp marinades, heat a large pan over medium-high heat and toast the tortillas on each side for 1-2 minutes
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil to the pan. Add the shrimp and cook for 3 minutes, flip, and cook another 2 minutes. The shrimp is done when opaque and white/pink. Set aside.
  5. Build your tacos by adding a base of slaw, diced tomatoes, shrimp, green onion, cilantro, tortilla strips, and the baja sauce into each tortilla.
cooking shrimp

Substitutions

Below you’ll find a list of substitutions that will work well in this baja shrimp tacos recipe. If you try something different out, please leave a comment below letting us all know how it turned out!

Avocado oil mayonnaise – Regular mayonnaise works here too, as would plain yogurt. Plain yogurt would give you a bit more tang, so reduce the lime juice by half.

Roasted red pepper paste – Try using ½ tsp of ancho chili pepper if you don’t have roasted red pepper paste. Can’t find ancho chili pepper? Use ¼ tsp chili pepper and ¼ tsp paprika with a small pinch of cayenne pepper.

Lime juice – Don’t have lime juice? Use lemon juice instead.

Shrimp – Not a fan of shrimp? Try the marinade with salmon or your favorite white fish like cod or halibut!

Veggies – The combination of slaw and tomatoes work super well, but use whatever vegetables you have on hand! Shredded Brussel sprouts, romaine lettuce, and avocado all make great additions.

Baja Shrimp Tacos

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Baja Shrimp Tacos

Meet your next taco night fav – the Baja Shrimp Tacos. Perfectly seasoned shrimp that cooks up quickly, paired with a simple 3 ingredient baja sauce, plus sweet and delicious diced tomatoes, slaw, crunchy tortilla strips, and toasted tortillas. This meal is ready in under 20 minutes, and everything you need for a flavor bomb meal!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: sauce, shrimp, tacos, tomatoes
Servings: 4
Calories: 371kcal
Author: Heather

Ingredients

Baja Sauce Ingredients

Shrimp Ingredients

Taco Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a small bowl make the sauce by whisking the mayo, roasted red chili paste, and lime juice together.
  • Combine the shrimp, ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil, lime juice, paprika, sea salt, pepper, and chili powder in a bowl, and toss to combine. Let the shrimp marinate for up to 15 minutes.
  • While the shrimp marinades, heat a large pan over medium-high heat and toast the tortillas on each side for 1-2 minutes.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil to the pan. Add the shrimp and cook for 3 minutes, flip, and cook another 2 minutes. The shrimp is done when opaque and white/pink. Set aside.
  • Build your tacos by adding a base of slaw, diced tomatoes, shrimp, green onion, cilantro, tortilla strips, and the baja sauce into each tortilla.
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Nutrition

Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 462mg | Potassium: 467mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 211IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 1mg
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Heather

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