Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Sour Cream Cilantro Sauce

Spicy shrimp tacos with avocado salsa and sour cream cilantro sauce. These tasty tacos are ready in under 15 minutes and are super healthy and delicious! Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Sour Cream Cilantro SauceI simply couldn’t find the words to explain how delicious these tacos are, but I guess the title says basically says it all. I shared a sneak peek photo on my Instagram last night and began getting tons of emails and comments from people wanting the recipe ASAP. So here I am publishing it at 5 am!

These shrimp tacos are spicy and delicious. They are served with my favorite avocado salsa and topped with a creamy sour cream and cilantro sauce. The sour cream sauce is the perfect sauce for these tacos because it helps balance the heat and add a delicious flavor.
Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Sour Cream Cilantro SauceI used my simple all-purpose spicy skillet shrimp recipe to make these tacos. This recipe never fails me and is the secret key to these tacos.

You can marinate the shrimp for just a few minutes or for up to 24 hours, but obviously the longer you marinate the shrimp, the more flavorful it will be.
Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Sour Cream Cilantro SauceThe trick to getting this shrimp perfectly cooked is by heating your skillet until it’s very hot. I like to use a cast-iron for this because it retains the heat but any heavy-duty skillet will work well. Just be sure to heat it on high for at least 2 minutes before adding the shrimp. The heat will cook the shrimp and give them a nice exterior while keeping all the juice locked in to keep them nice and moist.
Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Sour Cream Cilantro SauceFor the crunchy element, I almost always use this spicy avocado salsa. It’s made with avocado, tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Don’t forget to salt and pepper!
Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Sour Cream Cilantro SauceNow all that’s left is to assemble the tacos. To do so heat a few small tortilla over your stovetop flame to give them a nice charred edge. Next top the tortilla off with some of the avocado salsa and then some shrimp.
Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Sour Cream Cilantro SauceThe last and final step is the sour-cream cilantro sauce. To make this sauce simply combine 1/4 sour-cream with 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Drizzle over the tacos and your done!
Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Sour Cream Cilantro Sauce

4.82 from 49 votes

Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Sour Cream Cilantro Sauce

This recipes makes 6 tacos and serves 3 people.
Course Main
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3
Author Layla


  • 20 medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • squeeze of lime optional

Avocado Salsa

  • 1 tomato seeded and chopped
  • 1 avocado peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice from half a lime
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves coarsely chopped

Cilantro Sauce

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 6 small flour tortillas corn tortillas can also be used


  1. To cook the shrimp: In a medium bowl whisk together olive oil, garlic, cumin, chili and onion powders, and salt. Add in shrimp and toss to coat completely. Cover and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes or up to 24 hours. Heat a large heavy-duty or cast iron skillet on high heat for 2 minutes. Add the olive oil and shrimp. Cook shrimp in a skillet over medium-high heat until pink and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and finish with a squeeze of lime (optional).

  2. To make salsa: Combine tomato, avocado, jalapeno, salt, pepper, lime juice, and cilantro in a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside. (If not using right away, place a piece of plastic wrap inside the bowl and directly over salsa to prevent discoloration and refrigerate.)

  3. To assemble: Stir sour-cream with cilantro and lime juice in a small bowl; set aside. Grill tortillas on stovetop over the flame until lightly charred (this step is optional). Spoon avocado salsa generously over warm tortillas, then top with 3 shrimp and drizzle with sour cream sauce. Serve tacos with lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!!

Nutrition Facts per taco: 
Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Sour Cream Cilantro Sauce Nutrition Facts
Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Sour Cream Cilantro Sauce
Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Sour Cream Cilantro Sauce

Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa & Sour Cream Cilantro Sauce


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    This is amazing!!! I’ve made it a handful of times and each time it always turns out so great! goes awesome with margaritas!


    Delicious!!! I Made them for dinner and everyone raved!

    Isai Luna

    Great Recipe !


    hands dOwn best shrimp taco recIpe! It’s officially our go-to recipE, thank you for shariNg this gem with us. 🙂


    Really delicious. The only change i made was ibused corn tortillas. Will defiNitely make again.


    These tacos are super easy to make and they’re delicious! One of our new favourites!


    The shrimp are so good! this is the best shrimp taco Recipe.




    Made this RECIPE but used baked won tons and layer The ingreDients. Was am little bires


    Who the hell charS tortillas? Bet those tacos taste horrible and bitter. Use some damn oil for god sake.


      Charring tortillas is healthier and gives them a nice smoky flavor and texture!

      David Waterbury

      Wow! This comment is incredibly rude, not to mention ignorant. The answer to your question is that many people “char” flour tortillas. It’s very traditional. They don’t get bitter, the edges just caramelize a bit and get slightly crisp. How do you rate a recipe you didn’t try as 1 Star?


      Wow James, How sad – you have never been in a real Mexican home!?! Tortillas are charred right on the gas burner, one at a time, and kept warm in foil. BTW, This is done by Hand! We tease all our Mexican friends about having asbestos fingers. I’m a wimpy gringa who uses tongs.


    we made these last night for dinner and they are absolutely delicious, every single bite. Added chili lime seasoning to the sour cream sauce and pepper flake to the marinade to up the spiciness. We grilled shrimp and tortillas and it was a perfectly fresh tasting summertime dinner. keeper for sure. Thanks for sharing!


    Tacos are my favorite, and this certainly looks like a delicious and filling.


    I never comment on recipes. Never. These tacos are worth a million praises! So deliciOUS. I made the recipe with no changes, except I used corn tortillas because we didn’t have flour.

    Josie Robles

    These tacos are so flavorful. if you really want spice you can add a little cayenne pepper. other than that love this recipe is the best!!!

    Deb Hammond

    These are to die for tacos. I used low carb tortillas for my diabetic husband and corn tortillas for me. Oh my they were heaven.


    what kInD of tortillas did you use ?


    I’m planning on making this tomorrow night. Could I go ahead and make the salsa and sauce tonight?


      Just saw this now. You can do that but I highly recommend making it fresh because the flavors (especially cilantro) change overnight.

    lenora vigneri

    Are the nutrition facts including the tortilla shells? Looking for the Nutrition facts without the tortilla 🙂


      Yes, they include the shells. Without the shells, you would be looking at much lower carbs.


    Love these… I used creme friache with the sour cream, and added pickled red onion, it was excellent!


    These are superb!

    stephanie klepacki

    Love this recipe! to the shrimp, i added cayenne pepper, ground red pepper, and paprika. when assembling, i added shredded cabbage.


    This was delicious! Packed with great flavors. I did add spicy coleslaw, this Just enhanced the flavors.


    Going to try this recipe. Thx for sharing. But How do you heat a tortulla over open flame to give it charred edges???????


      If your range is gas, you just place it directly on the flame (stove-top) for just a few seconds until it chars.


    i MADE these today They were delicious. I did add corn and black beans to the avocado salsa along with the zest from a whole lime . Made it special . I will be making these a lot . Love the sour cream sauce!!


      Corn and black beans sound like a great addition!


      The corn and black bean addition sounds wonderful. These could also be made with gluten free homemade tortillas (many recipes are available online).


        i plan on making these as spicy shrimp taco boats using romaine lettuce leaves instead of corn or flour tortillas. even lower carb! maybe make with chicken älso.

    Norma DeLibertis

    I made this recipe! It was very delicious!!


    First time making shrimp tacos and they were delicious. Will definitely will make them again.


    Wow!!! Just devoured these shrimp tacos. They are so good that they will be added to our weekly rotation!


      Glad you enjoyed the tacos, kathy! <3