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A daring fusion of Baja and Cajun cuisine with fresh grilled shrimp, crispy slaw, and a spicy lime crema all ready in under 20 minutes!  

Is there anything better than grilled shrimp tacos? nope. But add a quick tangy slaw and some easy crema and it's pretty much heaven.

This recipe was sponsored by Tony Chachere's. Thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Truth. Tacos are my love language. I mean really, can one have a taco it not be a happy thing – no matter what the taco or filling is? But then when you have shrimp, it's like the perfect happy bite every single time.

Thing is, I have traveled the world, and Central America and the islands are some of my favorite places. Weather, people, all of it. And of course, the food. There's just a brightness and freshness to all of it – and you can't not have seafood! 

This is not an authentic Mexican or Baja recipe – this is a quick, easy, and light recipe for when you want a ton of flavor and minimal prep time with the perfect cabbage crunch and hit of lime and cilantro! 

Consider these tacos de camerones a Cajun spin on a Baja classic. With a spicy rub down from Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning, the shrimp are fired off on the grill and then nestled into warmed tortillas and topped with a tangy vinegar-based slaw before a spiced lime crema goes on top! And it's all ready in under 20 minutes! That is happiness in a bite. Ok, every bite. 

And, I'm doing something good for myself, cuz, shrimp tacos are totally healthy, right? Well, like all things, moderation. I am not going to say slathering crema over every bite is a good idea, but this isn't a cheese-covered heavy protein. And given each one is only around 7 calories each (for a medium one), it's certainly a healthy meal by my dietary standards. Balance is everything and only you know what's best for you. 

Double layered corn tortillas holding spicy Tony Chachere's rubbed grilled shrimp, a 10 minute vinegar based cabbage slaw and a zesty lime crema drizzle on top

So, what do you need? 

Start with fresh thawed shrimp, peeled (otherwise, get to work), Tony Chachere's original Creole Seasoning (unless you are feeling BOLD and then well, go for their BOLD seasoning… sorry for the bad word choice there), cabbage, jalapenos, and some other basic pantry staples like vinegar, onion lime, garlic. 

What you need for grilled shrimp tacos, ingredient like cabbage, onion, apple, jalapenos, shrimp, tortillas and tony chacheres creole seasoning

Pro Tip: I am all for saving pennies, but cabbage is hard to justify if you don't have a few meals planned with it. Even on sale for $0.69, they are dense and it will add up. So, if this is a one time use for you, price out the convenient bags of pre-sliced slaw mix for less food waste.

Bout that crazy good shrimp taco sauce…

All you need is 4 ingredients for the Spicy Lime Crema – the perfect taco sauce! The crema used could be substituted for a sour cream mayo blend if you can't find it, but check your local markets cold Latin section first. I use crema all of the time as a smooth option for toppings and blends. And omg, drizzled over nachos its better (and less heavy feeling, than sour cream.     

Filling, slaw, sauce – let's get to dinner! 

How to Make Grilled Shrimp Tacos

Step one – and the most important – Make sure the grill is ready when you are – my first trick when seamlessly getting through any cook. Just like cooking with an oven, you have to let the grill heat up before you can cook on it. Also, make sure the grates are well cleaned and oiled. No need to sacrifice any to that nasty stick when the grates aren't well cleaned. 

Steps for making this recipe, from mixing the slaw to skewering the shrimp, grilling and then assembling tacos
  1. Prep the slaw ahead and let it sit while you grill the shrimp and warm the tortillas. Whisk the crema up and be ready to go when the shrimp come off the grill. Dinner literally can be a 20-minute thing – unless you add like 3 minutes to shake up a killer margarita to pair with it. 
  2. Season and skewer them for easy cooking.
  3. You can also cook these just tossing them on the grill, but with a skewer or even those wire grilling crates for seafood make flipping these babies easier. I absolutely LOVE the Tony Chachere's on these as a kicked up spice blend that I don't have to overthink. It's got the perfect amount of flavor and heat to really make these shrimp taste incredible. 
  4. Remove the Shrimp from the Skewers and Enjoy!

Pro Tip: Peeled shrimp are quick to work with and make this meal a breeze, however, I do love grilling shrimp with the shells still on – I feel like it really locks in the juicy flavor. If you want to grill these with the shells on, rub them down with the Tony's beforehand, and then once they are grilled, sprinkle with a bit more while they are still hot after you have quickly peel them. 

Yep, these are really the easiest Shrimp taco recipe with a devilish crunchy cabbage slaw and spicy sauce! 

What goes with tacos?

Tacos, in my expert foodie opinion, stand alone on a platter. They are the be all end all of the meal but making sure the fixings that are paired with them harmonize is crucial homemade guacamole and salsa are a MUST to serve with spicy shrimp tacos. And to be honest, black beans and yellow rice are also perfect sides when you are looking to balance out the plate. Grilled pineapple and mango salsa are perfect additions as well for a burst of sweet fruit flavor. And for those who want to pull a little attention away from the taco, elotes are pretty magical to serve with grilled shrimp tacos too. 

Cajun rubbed grilled shrimp tacos in tortillas with red and green cabbage slaw, a drizzle of crema, pico de gallo and limes around to squeeze on top

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So easy and so delicious grilled shrimp tacos with a Cajun rub, slaw and lime crema

Cajun Grilled Shrimp Tacos

This quick and easy grilled shrimp recipe is a fusion of Baja and Cajun flavors with a bold rub and fresh tangy slaw – all ready in under 20 minutes!

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: Fusion

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories: 377kcal

Equipment

  • grill

  • Grilling Skewers

  • Mixing Bowls

  • Whisk

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs Shrimp, Large 31/35 thawed peeled and deveined
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 4 tbsp Tony's Seasoning

For the Tangy Vinegar Slaw

  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Pineapple Juice
  • 1 cup Red Cabbage chopped
  • 1 cup Cabbage chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • ¼ Onion sliced
  • ½ Jalapenos minced
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple sliced

For the Spicy Lime Crema:

  • ½ cup Mexican Crema
  • 1 tbsp Tony Chachere's
  • 1 tsp Tequila
  • 1 tsp Lime juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh Cilantro finely minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For Assembly

  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Tortillas
  • 1 Avocado
  • Fresh Pico de gallo

Instructions

Heat the Tortillas:

  • When the grill is warm and ready, wrap the tortillas in a double layer of foil and place over cooler side of the grill. Allow the tortillas to heat up, flipping the package once or twice to avoid burning the outer most tortilla.

Prep and Make the Tangy Vinegar Slaw:

  • In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar

  • In a large bowl toss the cabbage, julienned apple, sliced onion, and minced garlic with the vinegar to coat. Let sit, covered for 5 minutes and toss again to make sure the flavors are incorporated.

Prep and Make the Spicy Lime Crema:

  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk the crema, Tony Chachere's, tequila, lime juice, and cilantro together.

  • Set aside.

Grill the Shrimp:

  • Evenly divide the shrimp onto the skewers, brush with olive oil and season liberally with Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning.

  • Place on the grill and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, flipping once, until the shrimp are opaque and cooked through.

  • Remove from heat and carefully slide the shrimp off the skewers.

Notes

  • Shrimp sizes can be tricky, ranging from small to colossal. I used large shrimp 31/35 for this recipe but medium would also work. 
  • Heating the tortillas in foil instead of directly on the grill keeps them from getting too dry and brittle. So that they are warm when serving, but still soft and pliable.
  • You can substitute agave or honey for the pineapple juice if you don't have any on hand.
    If you are serving littles, skip the tequila in the crema.
  • Crema can be made and stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 2 days ahead.
  • Slaw can be made up to a day ahead, but it loses crunch over time, so it's best within 24 hours.
  • Pro Trick (or one all taco lovers already mastered): Double the tortilla layers because corn tortillas break – so this helps keep everything in perfect taco form!

Hey, I'm Kita, the Meat Maven, outdoor junkie, campfire connoisseur, adventure-seeking and world traveled recipe developer and photographer behind GirlCarnivore.com. My mission is to break down savory eats and inspire you to get a little grit under your nails while having fun with your food. READ MORE

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Title: Cajun Grilled Shrimp Tacos
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Jalapeño-Lime Chicken Skewers

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When I'm devising a marinade, I always taste it to ensure the flavor and seasoning are all in line with expectations. It's not uncommon for a marinade to get pushed in a directions that makes it taste a bit overboard on its own, but that's often needed because flavors will get diminished when the marinade is adorning its subject and has been cooked. There have been some marinades though that I try and think, “I'd eat that with a spoon.” I don't think I've actually developed a recipe though where the marinade purposefully did double duty as a meat seasoning and dip, so I figured I might as well give that shot and see how it works out. In the case of these jalapeño-lime chicken skewers, the answer was, surprisingly well.

The trickiest part of this recipe was finding the right balance to the sauce so it would taste good as a dip, but also have enough flavor to work as a marinade. To achieve that, I started with tangy Greek yogurt as a base since that seemed like a good direction for a dual purpose sauce. I pureed the yogurt in a blender with cilantro, cumin, jalapeño, garlic, and lime juice and zest. The result was a sauce that had a good hit of heat, hefty tang, and appealing green hue. The cumin and garlic also gave it some extra depth and nuance that I may have dialed up if this would have been used a marinade alone, but I knew would come out in the final dish after the chicken was dipped in the sauce.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

Once I had the sauce settled, I took to the task of cubing up chicken for the skewers. I advocate for chicken thighs for this use in most instance because the added flavor and fat in the dark meat adds insurance to ending with juicy results. The only place breasts actually do better than thighs in this application is they cube up more nicely—for the thighs, I sometimes have to cut longer strips that I then fold over on the skewer to arrive at a more cube-like shape.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

After the chicken was prepped, I moved it into a medium bowl and poured in roughly half the sauce. I tossed that to ensure the chicken was all well coated, then covered, and set it in the fridge. While the marinade had a fair amount of lime juice, the citric acid doesn't have such a drastic effect on the texture of the meat that it can't be left to marinate overnight. The marinade doesn't need that long though to do its work and I only let mine rest in the fridge for about six hours—prepping it in the morning and then cooking it in the mid-afternoon.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

When the time came to grill, I skewered up the chicken and then lit a full chimney of coals. After letting the grill preheat, I placed the skewers over direct, high heat and let them cook. At the start, they stuck to the grates with might, but as they seared, the meat began to release and I was able to begin flipping.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

I had to deal with some sticking still here and there, but nothing that a little extra scrape with the tongs couldn't handle. As each side was more evenly seared, I was able to move the chicken around easier, at which point I flipped and turned them more regularly so they would be well browned and cooked through all over. You can always test doneness with an instant-read thermometer—you're looking for between 160 to 165°F—but I found for this recipe, once everything was well browned, the chicken was definitely done, which took about ten minutes of grilling time total.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

Following the glamour shots, I verified chicken itself had a very nice flavor. The marinade definitely was on the lighter side, but the brightness of the lime and cilantro came through along with a bit of earthiness from the cumin and fruitiness from the jalapeño, but with very little heat. That mellow, yet effective, flavor got a big boost after a dip in the reserved sauce, which brought in a lot of what was already happening, but in a more pronounced way that also delivered a nice spiciness which was balanced by the cooling yogurt. It definitely made a good case that a sauce can do dual work as a marinade and dip given the right attention to detail.

Published on Thu Sep 9, 2021 by Joshua Bousel

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  • Yield 4 servings
  • Prep 15 Minutes
  • Inactive 4 Hours
  • Cook 10 Minutes
  • Total 4 Hours 25 Minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Sauce
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup packed roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 medium jalapeño, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  •  
  • 2lbs chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • Metal or bamboo skewers
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro, for garnish

Procedure

  1. To make the marinade: Place yogurt, cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, jalapeño, garlic, lime zest, soy sauce, cumin, and brown sugar in the jar of a blender. Puree until all ingredients are very finely chopped and sauce is green and smooth. Transfer 1/2 of sauce to a medium bowl, add in cubed chicken, and to evenly coat. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator and marinate for 4 hours to overnight. Transfer remaining sauce to an airtight container and place in refrigerator.
  2. Thread chicken onto skewers so each piece is touching the next.
  3. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill chicken, turning occasionally, until well browned on all sides and center of meat registers between 160-165°F on an instant read thermometer, about 10 minutes total. Transfer skewers to platter and let rest for 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately with reserved sauce for dipping.

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Title: Jalapeño-Lime Chicken Skewers
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Hot Link Stuffed Tri-tip

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I used a long slender knife to make a cut all the way from the wide end of the tri-tip to the narrow end. I stopped just short of cutting through the narrow end.

The best way to do this is to make a cut all the way through then turn your knife about 45°F and make another cut all the way through.

Insert about a teaspoon of butter in the entryway..

Push the kielbasa, hotlink, etc. all the way in. If it's having too much trouble, try making the cavity just a little wider with your knife.

I used a link of all beef kielbasa with jalapeños in my stuffed tri-tip.

Sprinkle about 1.5 to 2 teaspoons of course kosher salt on the top side of the tri-tip. I use Morton's in the blue box since it is flaked and dissolves much faster and easier than most other kosher salt. Feel free to use another brand/kind but the amount may need to be modified slightly depending on its granule shape and size.

Please see my article on wet brining vs. dry brining for an in-depth look at this subject.

I also sprinkled it real good with my Texas style rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub)

Place the tri-tip in the fridge overnight if possible or at least 4 hours to give the salt plenty of time to react with the meat.

Here it is after 10 hours.. ready to go in the smoker.

Setup your smoker for cooking at about 225°F using indirect heat. If your smoker uses a water pan, fill it up.

Once your smoker is heated up and producing smoke, place the tri-tip directly on the grate or you can use a pan/rack to ensure the smoke is able to get to all sides.

I used the Hasty Bake Legacy for this cook.. you can use any smoker or even the grill for this as long as you maintain the correct temperature and remove it when it reaches it's perfect finish temperature.

Let the tri-tip cook for 2 hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of 130°F. If you run at 275°F, it will get done in about an hour or less.

If you want to finish the tri-tip with a sear (recommended), remove it from the smoker when it reaches 110°F and place it on a very hot grill, griddle or iron pan. Sear all sides of the tri-tip and don't forget the sides/edges.

On the Hasty Bake you simply need to remove the deflector over the charcoal pan and raise the pan so that it sits right below the grates in the “sear” position.

Watch the meat carefully and turn as required to sear evenly.

Once the tri-tip is finished cooking, set it on a cutting board and slice it according to the diagram on THIS PAGE.

Just beautiful!!

All sliced up!

Great recipe, Rob! It was really cool having a piece of sausage/hot link nestled into each slice and the flavor was out of this world!

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Title: Hot Link Stuffed Tri-tip
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Published Date: 04/29/21

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Mad Scientist BBQ Spare Ribs v2.0

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Smoked another slab or ribs and this time I started up the XL slowly to better control the temp. Rubbed with a little Kosher Salt and Oakridge Dominator Sweet Rib Rub. Smoked for 4 hours at 225. Ramped temp up to 275 gradually for an hour. Then wrapped in foil for 30 minutes. Unwrapped and glazed with Rufus Teague Honey Sweet for 30 minutes. This time each rib was moist compared to my last attempt. I believe this is because I was able to control the temp better by not opening the dome several times to spritz. Next time I may go back to Salt and Pepper for the rub and apply 2 hours prior to the cook. My thermapen was probing tender after the short wrap and the temp was 190 internal.

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