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Shrimp taco recipe

The World's Best Shrimp Taco Recipe

It's a lofty claim, but these shrimp tacos are the best I've ever had.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword shrimp tacos, tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1.5 pounds shrimp, peeled and cleaned, patted dry
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 chilis in adobo, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 8 tortillas
  • Garnishes - avocado, fresh cheese, cilantro, red onion, etc.


  1. In a large frying pan, heat olive oil on medium-high

  2. Add onions and cook for 5 minutes, until soft

  3. Add garlic and cook for 2-3 more minutes, stirring to ensure it doesn't burn

  4. Add tomato paste and spices to the pan, mixing to coat the onion and garlic mixture

  5. Add shrimp to the pan, stirring to ensure that shrimp is coated with the sauce

  6. Cook shrimp until just opaque on both sides

  7. Serve in tacos with garnishes