Spicy shrimp tacos with avocado salsa and sour cream cilantro sauce are simply the BEST tacos you will ever have! These healthy & delicious tacos are packed full of FLAVOR and texture and are ready in under 30 minutes too.

I simply couldn’t find the words to explain how delicious these tacos are, but I guess the title 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.

I 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.

Recipe Tip

The trick to getting this shrimp perfectly cooked is to heat 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.

For 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 Sauce

Now all that’s left is to assemble the tacos. To do so heat a few small tortillas 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.

The 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 you’re done!

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Shrimp Tacos

By: Layla
Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa and cilantro sour cream sauce are packed full of flavor and texture. This delicious and healthy 30 minute meal is a family favorite and one of the best ways to enjoy shrimp!
Prep10 minutes
Cook5 minutes
Total15 minutes
Servings 4


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
  • 8 small flour tortillas, corn tortillas can also be used


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).

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.)

To assemble

  • Stir the 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!!


Serving: 1tacos, Calories: 476kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 191mg, Sodium: 1028mg, Potassium: 731mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 578IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 191mg, Iron: 3mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: fish tacos, mexican,, shrimp
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  1. Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious but hadn’t made any sides so just barely enough for 2. Would love to hear some side recommendations

  2. Hi is this 237 calories per taco or per 2 tacos?

      1. Good call, Jimmy!! Yes, it’s about 2 tacos per serving but you can have as many as you want Karolyn 😀

  3. Oops…5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 from me.

  4. So fast and delicious! I wouldn’t change a thing.
    Thanks for this excellent recipe.

  5. I haven’t read through the comments but I did take this recipe to the grill. Seasoned the shrimp with the above mentioned seasonings and let it sit for about 4 hours. I then made another bowl with the exact seasoning measurements and added butter and olive oil. As the shrimp were grilled, I brushed this on periodically to keep that explosive flavor. The were really delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe!!!

    1. Yum, basting the shrimp with more marinade sounds delicious! So happy to hear you enjoyed the tacos, Eric 🙂

  6. Wife followed the instructions but she used corn tortillas..fatal mistake!..If you put the vegetables at the bottom of the corn tortilla and the shrimps on top when you fold the taco to put it in your mouth, you will end up with some shrimps and salad in your hand…This is very messy…However, if you use a large tortilla, you may fold it like a burrito….Will never put the shrimps at the top.


  7. Those were the best shrimp tacos I’ve ever had! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Great recipe. I used carb smart tortillas. Added cayenne pepper to the marinade as well as the salsa. Cooked the shrimp in half olive oil and half bacon fat. Awesome!!

  9. AMAZING! Husband and I made last night and we will be making again for sure.

  10. Found this recipe. We had all the ingredients. So! We did it. Used white corn tortillas, cooked on the grill. Shrimp cooked on a grill mat on the grill. We were eating and not talking. Perfect heat, perfect flavor, yum yum. Would not change a thing. Thank you!

  11. This is absolutely the best shrimp taco recipe that I’ve ever cooked. My boyfriend loved it.

  12. Where is the marinade recipe and the avocado salsa recipe?

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  13. Oh my goodness…These Spicy Shrimp Taco’s are to die for delicious!! Made these tonight and the flavors are so awesome. Better then any we’ve ever had. Thanks for creating this for us to enjoy 🙂