BBQ Shrimp Tacos

A perfect taco recipe for when you're in the mood for a delicious shrimp taco and you want it fast. Perfect for an easy no fuss weekday dinner this BBQ shrimp taco recipe tastes just as good as it looks.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, Tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 tacos


The BBQ Shrimp

  • 1 pound shimp, cleaned, peeled and deveined
  • 2/3 cup prepared BBQ sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce, we like Mexican style habanero

The Chipotle Cream

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt or Mexican crema
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sauce, from 1 can chipotles in adobo *** see note

For The Tacos

  • tortillas, corn or flour, warmed
  • finely shredded cabbage, tossed with lime juice, salt & pepper
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
  • onion, finely chopped


Making The BBQ Shrimp

  1. Toss the shrimp, BBQ sauce, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and hot sauce. Set in the fridge to marinate 15-20 minutes. When ready to cook, heat a grill pan, griddle, or other heavy bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Grease with oil and add the shrimp a few at a time.  Don't crowd the pan or the shrimp will steam and not get a nice sear.  Cook about 2 minutes per side and set aside on a plate. Continue with the rest of the shrimp, oiling the pan as needed. 

  2. Mix the yogurt, mayo and lime in a small bowl.  Add the sauce from the can of chipotles 1-2 teaspoons at a time, tasting as you go.  Stop when you find the heat and flavor to your liking. For extra heat take 1 of the chipotle chilis, finely mince it and then add it to the sauce.  Do all this slowly, taste as you go. Season with salt and refrigerate until needed.

  3. To assemble the tacos: Line the tortillas with the lime tossed cabbage, 3 shrimp, cilantro, onion and finish with a drizzle of chipotle cream. Serve with slices of fresh lime. Enjoy!