Seafood tacos, in particular, shrimp tacos are one of my all time favorite meals. On a recent trip to mexico, it seemed like almost every meal I ate, or at least every meal I wanted to eat, was a taco of some sort. Tacos with various fish. Tacos with shrimp. Even tacos with filled with chocolate or infused with chocolate. As it turns out, you can wrap almost anything into a corn tortilla and you have yourself a taco. The following is one of my favorite recipes, for when you are not in mexico, which only takes about 30 minutes of prep work to prepare a marinade and chop a fresh salsa topper, and 10 minutes of cooking. Because it’s summer, these shrimp tacos were served up with a side of fresh locally grown corn.
The shrimp were marinated in a blackening mixture made with paprika, oregano, thyme, chili, cayenne, and pepper mixed with a teaspoon of oil. To give the recipe, and me, an extra jumpstart, I also added a generous shot of Kentucky Bourbon to the marinade, and allowed this to soak into the shrimp for about 30 minutes before cooking on a hot grill. The Bourbon is optional.
For the salsa topper I followed the Simpletarian - Fresh Mango Salsa Topper. This salsa is extremely fresh made with a healthy dose of finely diced cilantro and mango, mixed in with a chopped super ripe tomato.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 10 tacos
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp chili
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp oil
- 1/2 shot Kentucky Bourbon (optional)
- See our Fresh Mango Salsa Topper recipe
- 450 g of peeled shrimp
- 10 corn tortilla
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Mix paprika, cayenne, chili, oregano, thyme, oil and bourbon in a dish. Add the shrimp to marinade for about 30 minutes.
- Prepare the Fresh Mango Salsa Topper recipe
- Cook the shrimp on high heat in a skillet or on a grill. Cook time is approximately 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side, depending on the size of your shrimp.
- In a small pan, warm the corn tortillas on medium heat for about 30 seconds per side. Make sure not to over do. You want your tortilla to be soft, not crispy.
- Taco assembly is your own preference. Put as much shrimp and salsa as you can handle.