Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Crema


I’ve stepped outside my comfort zone and I’m beginning to further appreciate the world of seafood. I don’t just stick with salmon anymore :). Shrimp has such a unique flavor and it really is perfect for tacos, especially when you can enhance it with the slight punch of chipotle peppers. Then of course you can never go wrong with a fair amount of diced avocados, some vibrantly colored, crunchy red cabbage and a little bit of tangy Cotija cheese on a taco. And too keep things flavorful and balance out the heat, these Chipotle Shrimp Tacos are finished off with a simple, yet oh so perfectly flavorful Cilantro-Lime Crema (which can be adjusted to suit your personal taste by the way. For an even creamier dip add a few tablespoons of mayo and for a lighter dip use low-fat sour cream or plain Greek yogurt). Then if you want a spicier taco you can omit the regular chili powder and just add more chipotle chili powder.

Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Crema | Cooking Classy

These crave-worthy tacos are simple enough they may just become a weeknight regular for you! Easy dinners definitely don’t need to be boring!

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Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Crema

5 from 1 vote

Yield: 4 servings


Cilantro-Lime Crema

  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp very finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove finely minced garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 1 lb medium shrimp , peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • 3/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp salt , or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • For serving:
  • Cotija cheese , crumbled
  • 2 avocados , peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 8 6- inch corn tortillas , warmed*


  1. For the Cilantro-Lime Sauce:
  2. In a bowl whisk together all ingredients while seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill until ready to use.
  3. For the shrimp:
  4. In a medium bowl whisk together chipotle chili powder, chili powder, cumin, paprika, coriander, salt and pepper. Add shrimp and toss until evenly coated.
  5. Heat olive oil in non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook until opaque and cooked through, tossing once halfway through cooking, about 3 - 4 minutes.
  6. To assemble tacos:
  7. Layer cabbage, shrimp, avocados and Cotija over taco shells. Drizzle with Cilantro-Lime Sauce.
  8. *My favorite way to warm tortillas is to lightly brush both sides of corn tortilla with a little canola oil then heat in a non-stick skillet over until golden brown spots appear, then flip and cook opposite side.
  9. Recipe source: Cooking Classy



  • Kelly: These look and sound amazing, the perfect Spring dish!

    xx Kelly May 10, 2015 at 1:23pm Reply

  • Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat: These tacos are so pretty! I love all of the colors you have in it! May 11, 2015 at 4:53pm Reply

  • Deb @ What’s Cooking at Dinner Thyme: These are so colorful! Beautiful pics! Makes me want to reach out and grab one! May 11, 2015 at 5:18pm Reply

  • Sammi @Sunshine Recipes: Shrimp and salmon are pretty much the only fish/ seafood I eat… I need to eventually step out of my comfort zone. ANYWAY, I am loving the colors of this dish! May 11, 2015 at 5:23pm Reply

  • Noreen: My mouth is watering! The creamy lime with spicy shrimp…YUMMY! May 11, 2015 at 8:02pm Reply

  • Myrtice Stevens: These tacos look amazing! I need it right now. Shrimp tacos is my new love. This will be a perfect dish for my brother’s upcoming birthday party. Thanks for sharing this and make my life so happy. May 14, 2015 at 7:33am Reply

  • Laura Dembowski: Shrimp are such a great protein to add to a healthy dinner. Tacos are always one of my go tos as well.

    If you’re looking to try more seafood, check out halibut or swordfish – they are two of my favorites! June 28, 2015 at 6:40am Reply

  • Leah: Just tries these tacos and they were delicious! I did have to make a couple substitutions as I didn’t have all of the ingredients.
    Instead of chipolte powder, I used Cajiun seasoning and fresh cilantro instead of the coriander powder. August 8, 2015 at 7:07pm Reply

  • BARBARA: These tacos were delicious! Had a tex mex get together and these were the hit of the night! Have to give all my friends the recipe! Will def make again and again October 11, 2015 at 11:53pm Reply

  • Jessica: These look fantastic! Is it possible to substitute chicken for this recipe? October 20, 2015 at 2:23pm Reply

  • Susann: These tacos look delicious! Can anyone recommend a good substitute for Cojita cheese? I haven’t seen that in the markets and haven’t ever tried it. November 16, 2015 at 9:19pm Reply

    • kathy: You can find it in walmart Hispanic deli area next to regular cheese and chorizo. May 23, 2016 at 7:26pm Reply

  • Marcy: These were fantastic! I only had muenster cheese on hand, so that’s what we went with. I especially loved the cilantro-lime crema. I deconstructed mine into a salad, and husband had traditional tacos. This is definitely going in to our rotation. January 2, 2016 at 5:00pm Reply

  • Sarah: Just made these last night. They were amazing. I was happy to find tacos without onions. I’m not a fan of onions. I also added some diced mango. It worked really well with the spice and cilantro. January 19, 2016 at 8:26am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you enjoyed them, the addition of mango sounds delicious! January 19, 2016 at 6:54pm Reply

  • Samantha: These look great. Any idea how many calories these are? February 14, 2016 at 11:14pm Reply

  • Samantha: These look great! Any idea the nutritional info on this recipe? Are they healthy? February 15, 2016 at 11:42am Reply

  • Jon: This is a really nice recipe. But also try Blackened Shrimp Tacos So delicious! You need to try this recipe! May 6, 2016 at 4:27am Reply

  • Alpana: these tacos look delicious!I love Shrimp tacos. September 6, 2016 at 11:06pm Reply

  • Caren: Made last night, delicious!! So many textures and flavors combine for a fantastic bite each time!! February 14, 2017 at 7:47am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you loved them Caren! February 14, 2017 at 1:30pm Reply

  • Liz: Absolutely delicious. We went out prawning (Canadian term for shrimp; shrimp here are smaller) today and wanted a new recipe. I didn’t have any sour cream so I used a combination of Greek yogurt and mayonnaise for the aioli, added a pinch of sugar and omitted cilantro because some people don’t like it. For toppings I set out bowls with cut up lettuce, red cabbage, sliced peppers, avocado, cilantro, diced tomatoes. I also provided lime wedges and a mango hot sauce. Otherwise was seen as recipe. Everyone loved it! April 26, 2018 at 8:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sounds amazing! April 27, 2018 at 11:00am Reply

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