Chipotle Shrimp Taco with Avocado Lime Coleslaw

I am getting kind of bored with shrimp lately. I know, Shut My Mouth! I am married to a seafood lover and I live in the South, near the gulf in fact. With fresh seafood at my disposal you would think I would never get bored but I do. I find it hard to work with shrimp in certain dishes because they either tend to be the star of the show or they simply fade into the background along with some starch like rice or pasta. In the case today, my chipotle shrimp tacos are not the only star shining bright. They are perfectly in line/paired with this amazing avocado lime coleslaw allowing both to finish strong til the end.

We haven’t had shrimp tacos in FOREVER. Usually I make tacos when I am in a rush (since the hubs loves them) and it is typically with ground beef or shredded chicken. This go around though I had plenty of time on my hands (thank you mommy’s day out program) and I wanted to do something different with shrimp. I opted for Shrimp Tacos but not just any shrimp tacos. Can we say Chipotle? Now can we say FANTASTIC?

Now this isn’t any normal chipotle flavor. I am talking about a wonderful mix of adobe sauce with the pepper, brown sugar for sweetness, a hint of lime, oil, cilantro and pepper. It is exhilaraing. After grilling the shrimp (seasoned with just salt and pepper) I simply whipped up this chipotle marinade type of sauce and allowed the shrimp to finish cooking in it. The sauce got nice and thick and began sticking to the shrimp and I was looking down with pure excitment.

Now earlier I said the chipotle shrimp wasn’t the only star. To bring even another dimension of flavor I decided to raise the bar with my favorite taco condiment- the coleslaw. A few splashes of lime juice and a few spoonfuls of freshly mashed avocado added to your standard coleslaw mix truly brings these shrimp tacos to a whole new level! All of this can be made under 30 minutes. So go ahead with your day and don’t stress about dinner. Have your ingredients on hand and whip this up when you get home with time to spare!


Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Lime Coleslaw


1 lb of medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

8 corn tortillas

1 tsp kosher salt for the shrimp

1 tsp cracked black pepper for the shrimp

1 TBSP olive oil

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 TBSP Dijon mustard

1 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce, minced

1 tsp of the adobe sauce

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 sprigs of cilantro, chopped

2 TBSP of olive oil

2 TBSP cider vinegar

For the Coleslaw: Mix all together and refrigerate

1 bag of coleslaw mix

1/3 cup Greek yogurt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

juice of 2 limes

1 medium avocado, mashed

1/2 tsp paprika


Season the shrimp in a ziploc bag with 1 tsp salt, pepper and olive oil. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Mix together the brown sugar, chipotle pepper, adobe sauce and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

Heat a grill pan to medium-high and cook shrimp for 3-4 minutes until slightly curled. Now add in the sauce and toss, making sure to coat all the shrimp. Cook for another minute or so until pink and then serve.

Meanwhile, heat 1-2 TBSP of vegetable oil in a shallow skillet and grill the tortillas, until slightly charred and pliable, about 20 seconds per side. Serve with the shrimp and avocado lime coleslaw.



  1. Valerie

    I want this for breakfast, lunch and dinner!! Looks incredible!

  2. marla

    Those gulf shrimp are sooooo tasty. Love what you did with them. The avocado slaw is a great idea for tacos!

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      The coleslaw add a nice refreshing flavor against the heat and smokiness of the adobe sauce. It’s a must try! Thanks for stopping by

  3. Cool Gal

    I have a chipotle shrimp taco recipe I love, but it’s different than the one you posted. I love the idea of adding cole slaw. I will be making this one for my family SOON!

  4. Three-Cookies

    Looks delicious, there is a generous amount in each taco. Interesting flavours

  5. lindsay

    thank you thank you for posting this! tis’ shrimping season (which ben and his dad love to go) and i have shrimp coming out of my ears. i am always looking for new shrimp recipes!

  6. Jen BA

    Oh how I wish I was a shrimp eater! Please don’t revoke my Gulf Coaster card, but I don’t enjoy them. But your recipe makes me want to try to! I might make a version of the shrimp ones for my hubby and do a veggie option for me!

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      Hey Jen! So great to hear from you! How are feeling? Not too much longer now huh? Did u find out what u are having?

  7. yummychunklet

    Yum, yum, yum! I love fish tacos but this shrimp version looks delicious!

  8. Kelli

    You have me drooling here! This is going to be all I think about until I make this. I am loving the textures and flovors of this recipe! cant wait to put this into my watering mouth!

  9. Erica

    mmm! Love tacos, love shrimp! I’ve never put the two together! Crazy- I know. Definitely doing this.

  10. Greg

    Boy do you do spicy right. These look just perfect.

  11. Linda

    I’d say fantastic too! I’ve never thought about shrimp tacos, this is a great idea and I can see pulling this together easily on a week night!!

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      So easy! Literally takes 10 minutes to do the shrimp!

  12. Shawn

    Shrimp tacos are my favorite! I can’t even describe how good these look 🙂

  13. lena

    if ever the fairy hobmother comes by my blog, i’ll tell him, forget about the voucher and fly over some jess’s chipotle shrimp tacos instead! i just want to have a piece now!! mashed avocado in coleslaw? why i never ever thought of that?? that’s clever!

  14. Sheila

    I just drooled all over my keyboard! Slurp! These look fabulous…mmm mmm mm mmmmM!

  15. sportsglutton

    Great comination of flavors, especially love the addition of brown sugar. Not surprisingly I’m hungry for some tacos now. 😉

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  17. Reem | Simply Reem

    Trust me I am so hungry right now and these sinful tacos are a torture…. 😉
    I wish I could get one off the screen……
    Look at those shrimpiessssss.., I can eat them by tonsss…
    Love it Jessica.

    P.S I am waiting for you apple recipe dear…..

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      I know I know! I have one in mind just haven’t gotten around to it. We left for new York yesterday but when I get back I am making it for you! 🙂

  18. Eva@

    Every time I read your recipes, my mouth waters! The soft tacos look totally home made. This is a really wonderful dish.

  19. Torrie @ a place to share...

    You’re on a rooooooll girl… (not that you aren’t always on a roll :))… Making this this tonight! (had delicious pork roast tacos last night and still have “taco ingredients” to use up!)

  20. Bonnie

    I could just reach in an help myself. They look delicious! Two things I missed the most when leaving Charleston and moving to the midwest were meeting the shrimp boats and catching crabs!! It doesn’t get any fresher.


  21. anthony stemke

    This looks terrific, thanks for sharing.

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  22. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    Girl, these look fantastic!!! Your photos are so beautiful. My husband would eat seafood 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. He will be SO excited when I make these for him! 🙂

  23. kankana

    seriously .. bored of shrimp! OMG .. i don;t think that is ever possible in my world 🙂
    The shrimps in the photo are looking so juicy and nicely flavored. Loving it.

  24. Shea

    Yum, these look amazing! I am a fish taco enthusiast, but I’ve never made (or eaten, for that matter) shrimp tacos before. That must change immediately–I must make these!

  25. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    Those shrimp tacos look and sound delish! I am impressed that it is made in under 30 minutes. We all need quick and tasty recipes like this one for our super busy weekdays.

  26. Marguerite

    Love shrimp tacos and those shrimp look divine, especially with the chipotle! Yum! And the slaw is over the top! Thanks for the great recipes!

  27. Joanne

    Wowza! There is SO much flavor in these tacos! i could never get bored of shrimp if you were around to make me these

  28. Mandy - The CompleteCook Book

    Scrumptious perfection right there!
    Have a great day.
    🙂 Mandy

  29. Laural @ Being Healthier

    oh shrimp tacos – you fancy huh! They look lovely- I don’t dig shrimp but love the avacado lime with maybe some other fish tacos!

  30. daphne

    I love how you combined tangy lime with creamy avocado and on top of shrimps! Oh what a winner for me. I would have to experiment and make something like this for dinner too!

  31. Kristy

    These shrimp look phenomenal! Certainly a good way to get out of shrimp boredom (I’ve been there too!) On another note, I used the Persian lime olive oil from DEVO last night in a couscous/chickpea salad – FABULOUS! 🙂 Thanks again!

  32. Tina (PinayInTexas)

    I sooo love shrimps and simply looking at that taco filling makes me drool! With your avocado lime coleslaw, I know it tastes even more divine!!!

  33. sara@domesticallychallenged

    I wish my husband ate shrimp! and that i cooked…cause these look great!

  34. Veronica's Kitchen

    I haven’t had seafood taco before, that sounds so delicious!

  35. Bree

    That looks great! I am making shrimp tonight 🙂

  36. Torrie @ a place to share...

    We had this last night instead of the night before, and OMG… DELICIOUS. Ryan and I took our first bite, looked at one another, and nodded in agreement (the approval nod :)).

    (annnnnnnd… it was National Taco Day!!! Who knew??)

  37. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I’m pretty sure I just drooled…. 😉 Looks so delicious Jessica! Your husband is so lucky….

  38. Erin@ Cooking on Whim

    These flavors together… magical! These are on my to make list– with corn tortillas instead 🙂

  39. Alea Milham

    What a great comvination of flavors! and putting shrimp in tacos was a brilliant idea. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  40. Candace

    I want this now! Those shrimp look AMAZING!

  41. Rachel

    This looks amazing. I love every single ingredient and can’t wait to try this!

  42. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    We do love shrimp here, and these tacos look great. One thing I love about shrimp (other than the fact that it’s very tasty) is that it cooks quickly so it’s perfect for an after work meal. Both the shrimp and the coleslaw sound amazing. Love the spicy shrimp! 🙂

  43. Elsa

    Your recipes are taking over my pinterest!! haha I have some chipotle peppers that I need to use up. I’m pretty sure my husband will be stopping by the store to pick up some shrimp today! 🙂

  44. christy mcmurrian

    We made these last night, and all of my children agreed we should definitely have these again! With homemade tortillas…..DELICIOUS!

  45. Elsa

    Hello! I made your recipe and posted it on my blog. 🙂

  46. BusyWorkingMama

    Bookmarked! These sound WONDERFUL!

  47. Sarah

    what a clever way to do tacos- with shrimp. I have done crab tacos before and they were delish but it was too costly to get enough crab to really pile in the tortillas! trying this next time

  48. Corey

    I love adobe sauce and using it this way with the shrimp marinade is perfect for me and hubs. Thakns again- just found your site! YEah

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