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Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Adobo Sauce

These quick and easy shrimp tacos with creamy adobo sauce are impossible not to make over and over again.

Spicy Shrimp Adobo Tacos

Soft tacos are a quick and easy go-to meal and taste so good with shrimp in them.

The shrimp in these soft tacos are seasoned with mixture of spices that add wonderful flavor to the taco.

For a light crunch with each bite, 2 types of raw cabbage is used, green and red cabbage.

The red (or purple) cabbage add beautiful color to the overall dish too.

Drizzle Adobo Sauce on Tacos

To top these scrumptious tacos off, a super quick creamy adobo sauce that’s made with just 2 ingredients is drizzled on top.

The combination of flavors and textures are really really good.

Here are more shrimp recipes you may like “Chipotle Shrimp Guacamole“, “Mini Shrimp Tostadas with Homemade Guacamole” and “Grilled Shrimp with Browned Butter and Rice“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Shrimp Taco Ingredients

For the Tacos – Large raw deveined and shelled shrimp, ground cumin, chili powder, granulated garlic, pepper, green and purple cabbage, red onion, cilantro, corn tortillas and a lime

For the Creamy Adobo Sauce  – Sour cream, can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, fresh lime juice and salt

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

Chopped Cilantro on Board

Chop the cilantro,

Shredded Cabbage on Board

thinly slice the green cabbage…

Shredded Purple Cabbage

…and thinly slice the purple cabbage.

Shredded Cabbage on Plate

Next,

Chopped Red Onion

Chop the onion and set aside.

For the Creamy Adobo Sauce:

Adobo Sauce in Can

In a small bowl add the adobo sauce from the can of chipotle peppers,

Mayonnaise and Adobo Sauce

sour cream,

Lime Juice in Bowl

lime juice and salt.

Whisk Adobo Sauce in Bowl

Mix and set aside.

For the Shrimp:

Raw Shrimp in Bowl

Put the shrimp in a medium size bowl and add the…

Chili Powder in Spoon

Add Chili Powder to Shrimp

chili powder,

Granulated Garlic in Spoon

Add Granulated Garlic on Shrimp

granulated garlic,

Pepper in Spoon

Pour Pepper from Spoon

pepper,

Add Cumin to Shrimp

cumin,

Add Salt on Shrimp

and salt.

Seasoned Shrimp in Bowl

Mix together so that the shrimp are coated with the spices.

Add Olive Oil in Bowl

Heat a medium size skillet on medium heat and add olive oil.

Add Shrimp to Pan

Then add the shrimp.

Cook Shrimp in Pan

Turn the shrimp as they cook until each side is lightly browned and thoroughly cooked (about 6 minutes in total).

Cook Shrimp in Pan

Cook Shrimp in Pan

Turn the heat off and transfer the shrimp on to a cutting board.

Reserve the remaining olive oil in the pan.

Cut Cooked Shrimp

Cut the shrimp in half and put them in a bowl.

Then add the remaining olive oil from the pan in with the pieces of shrimp and mix together.

Warm the corn tortillas in the microwave for about 10 to 12 seconds.

Seasoned Shrimp on Tortilla

Then top with the shrimp,

Onions and Shrimp on Tortilla

onion,

Shrimp on Tortilla

cilantro,

Shredded Cabbage on Shrimp

and the green and purple cabbage.

Adobo Sauce on Taco

Adobo Sauce on Taco

Drizzle the adobo sauce on top.

Spicy Shrimp Adobo Tacos

Serve while the tortilla is still warm,

Spicy Shrimp Adobo Tacos

and with a quarter piece of lime for each taco.

Spicy Shrimp Adobo Tacos

Next…

Spicy Shrimp Adobo Tacos

…enjoy each and every delicious bite.

Spicy Shrimp Adobo Tacos

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

More Mexican Food recipes you may like:

Slow Cooker Chipotle Barbecue Pulled Pork

Homemade Cilantro and Garlic Salsa

Corned Beef Taquitos with Avocado Sauce

Chipotle Lime Tortilla Chips

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Spicy Shrimp Adobo Tacos

Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Adobo Sauce

These are impossible not to make over and over again.
Print Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Shrimp Tacos
Servings: 2

Ingredients

For the Creamy Adobo Sauce:

  • 5 teaspoons Adobo sauce (from a can of Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce; 11 ounce can)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 of a whole Lime, juiced
  • 2 dashes salt

For the Tacos:

  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 12 large raw shrimp deveined, cleaned and shells removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 dashes sea salt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 whole lime cut into quarters (for serving)

Instructions

For the Creamy Adobo Sauce

  • In a small bowl add the Adobo sauce, sour cream, lime juice, and salt. Mix until creamy and set aside.

For the Tacos:

  • In a medium size bowl, add the shrimp, chili powder, garlic powder, pepper, cumin, and salt. Mix together so that the shrimp are coated with the spices.
  • Heat a medium size skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. 
  • To the pan, add the shrimp. Turn the shrimp as they cook until each side is lightly browned and fully cooked (about 6 minutes in total). 
  • Turn off the heat and transfer the shrimp on to a cutting board.  Reserve the olive oil that's left in the pan.
  • Cut the shrimp in half and put them in a bowl. Then add the remaining olive oil from the pan in with the pieces of shrimp and mix together.
  • Warm the corn tortillas in the microwave for about 10 to 12 seconds.
  • Top each tortilla with shrimp, onion, cilantro, and green and purple cabbage. Drizzle the creamy Adobo sauce on top. 
  • Serve while the tortillas are still warm, and with a quarter piece of lime with each taco.

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14 Comments

  1. Soo good! We usually cook the shrimp with the Adobe sauce onion and garlic. But your recipe was shrimp tacos on steroids! My husband loved it and the Adobe sauce on the side was perfect. I didn’t have sour cream so I used Greek yogurt and it was great. I cut my shrimp up before hand accidentally and it still turned out good. 

    • Hi Megan, thank you so much for letting my know how they turned out and for your great rating. I’m so glad you liked these tacos. And I would have done the same thing as you did if I didn’t have sour cream; Greek yogurt would be delicious with the adobo sauce too. Thank you again.

  2. I just made these for lunch and they were amazing. I don’t like raw onions so i cooked in along with the shrimp but made no other changes. I ate all of it.

    • Hi Kendall, great idea to add the onions in with the shrimp when cooking it. So glad you liked this and thank you for letting me know. Have a great rest of the weekend!

  3. YAY for shrimp tacos!! These were awesome. My son loved them. Thanks for posting!

  4. Made these tonight. They are so yummy! We like shrimp tacos and we usually get them from a fast food joint. But not anymore, we can make them at home. These taste way better and fresher. The Adobo sauce taste similar but yours taste way better. I ended up making a whole 16 oz container with the sour cream and just put it back into the sour cream container. I think I am going to find something else to use that sauce on because it taste so good. Thanks for the recipe! It’s going to be a staple in my kitchen.

    • Hi Monica, so glad you liked it! And what a good idea to just make the Adobo recipe in the sour cream container. Thank you for letting me know. Have a nice weekend!

  5. Your tacos sound so healthy and yummy. Thanks for posting this recipe.

  6. We eat a lot of soft tacos at our house too. The sweetness of the shrimp is perfect to go with those spicy flavors. Yummo!

  7. Looks good, will have to try this recipe!