Easy and healthy, these spicy Shrimp Tacos are delicious and super nutritious. Wild-caught shrimp, creamy avocados, pickled beets, and tomatoes come together inside a grain-free tortilla for a mouthful of flavor.

Grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free, these shrimp tacos are suitable for any diet. Pair the tacos with this Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice, these Mexican Refried Beans, and these Steak Fajitas for a true Mexican feast.

Shrimp, greens, tomatoes in each grain-free tortilla with half of an avocado

Whether you are celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday or simply want a flavorful easy dish to enjoy with friends or a quick and delicious weeknight dinner, these Spicy Shrimp Tacos will deliver on their promise!

Tacos are always a fun and easy meal. Bring all the ingredients out and place them on the table and everyone can create their own.

Why buy wild caught shrimp?

This taco recipe calls for wild-caught shrimp and though you can easily substitute any type of shrimp, wild-caught shrimp may not only be better for marine life but they may also taste better.

Wild caught shrimp eat the diet they were intended to eat and they live in an environment without any boundaries. As such they may be more flavorful and have a better texture than farm raised shrimp.

Why You’ll Love These Tacos

Flavorful: With just a few simple spices and fresh lime juice these tacos are loaded with flavor.

Versatile: You can easily change up the ingredients in these tacos based on what you have on hand and your taste preferences.

Fun: Who doesn’t love assembling their own taco and eating with their hands?

Four Shrimp Tacos arranged neatly surrounded by slices of tomatoes, lime, avocado and cilantro.


  • Shrimp – Use wild caught shrimp if possible. Fresh or frozen both work.
  • Grain-free tortillas – These grain-free tortillas are made with cassava flour and taste great but you can always use corn or flour tortillas.
  • Avocado – Avocado adds creaminess to these tacos.
  • Pickled beets – Pick up a jar of pickled beets for added flavor, texture and color.
  • Micro greens – Micro greens add more flavor, texture and color.
  • Cherry tomatoes – Add cherry tomatoes, quartered, to the tacos or cut a full-sized tomato into small chunks.
  • Spices – Chili, paprika, sea salt and black pepper add flavor.
  • Lime juice – Fresh lime juice is best but jarred will also work.
  • Olive oil – Use extra virgin olive oil or ghee.
Spicy Shrimp Tacos with micro greens, cherry tomatoes, pickled beets, avocados, limes and lemons.

How To Make Shrimp Tacos

Step 1: Sauté shrimp in a large skillet heated with the oil and then add the seasonings. Sauté until shrimp is fully cooked and the skin is golden brown and then add the lime juice and stir. 

Step 2: While the shrimp cooks, mash the avocado and season with sea salt and lime juice to make guacamole.

Step 3: In a separate non-stick skillet, heat tortilla wraps on both sides.

Assembling The Shrimp Tacos

Step 1: Add a layer of guacamole, followed by micro greens and pickled beets.

Step 2: Top with shrimp and tomato. Season with fresh lime juice and serve.

Tips and Variations for flavorful Spicy Shrimp Tacos

Change up the tortillas: This recipe for spicy shrimp tacos uses grain-free tortillas, but you can use corn, flour, or any type of tortilla you prefer.

Add different vegetables: Instead of pickled beets, cherry tomatoes, and micro greens add whatever you have on hand whether it be shredded carrots, sliced peppers kale, or spinach.

Top with some cheese: Mexican cotija cheese, feta cheese, or use a Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese.

Substitute the shrimp: Instead of shrimp you can use diced chicken, steak strips, sliced cod, or make them vegetarian and use beans instead. If you are in the mood for steak, these Steak Tacos are super tasty as well.


are these shrimp tacos really spicy?

These shrimp are nice and flavorful but not too spicy. If you are worried they will be too spicy, reduce the amount of chili.

can i use any type of shrimp?

Yes, if you can’t find wild caught shrimp you can use any shrimp. Use large shrimp for the best texture, not baby shrimp.

Storage and Make Ahead

Storage: Leftover taco ingredients can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. It is better to store the ingredients individually as opposed to assembled as assembled tacos may get soggy. It is not recommended to freeze these leftovers.

Make ahead: If you are looking to get a head start on these tacos you can easily cook the shrimp a few days before you want to eat the tacos but for the utmost in flavor and texture it is best to make the tacos just before you want to eat them.

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Don’t skip the step of heating the tortilla. Assembling the taco in a warm tortilla is much easier and the tortilla won’t tear. You can also pop the tortilla in the microwave for a few seconds to soften and warm it before assembling the taco.

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spicy shrimp tacos

Spicy Shrimp Tacos (Grain-Fee)

by Silvia Ribas
HEALTHY Spicy Shrimp Tacos. These tacos are not only DELICIOUS but super nutritious too. 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 tacos


  • 1 lb wild caught shrimp
  • 6 each grain-free tortillas
  • 3 whole avocado
  • 1/2 cup pickled beets
  • 2 cups micro greens
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 tbsp each; chili, paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp lime juice, divided
  • 1 tbsp ghee or olive oil


  • In a large skillet heat oil and add in shrimp. Sauté for 2-3 minutes then start adding seasoning; salt, pepper, chili, paprika. Sauté until shrimp is fully cooked and skin is golden brown, about 12-14 minutes. When done add lime juice and stir. 
  • Meanwhile, mash the avocado and season with a pinch of sea salt and 1 tbsp of lime juice.
  • In a separate non-stick skillet, heat tortilla wraps on both sides, about 1 minute on each side.

Arranging the Shrimp Tacos

  • Add a layer of guacamole, followed by micro greens and pickled beets. Top with shrimp and tomato. Season with fresh lime juice and serve.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Keyword: Mexican, Shrimp, Tacos
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Mexican
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