Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Mango Salsa

Dive into flavor town with my Chipotle Shrimp Tacos 🌮 Fresh shrimp, zesty lime sauce, and creamy avocado-mango salsa dance together in each bite! 🥑🍤 Whip it up in just 25 minutes for a fiesta in your mouth!
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Hey there, taco lovers! 🌮 Get ready to dive into some seriously delicious Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Mango Salsa. Imagine juicy shrimp bursting with smoky chipotle flavor, topped with a fresh and zesty avocado-mango salsa – it’s a match made in taco heaven! These tacos are quick to whip up, packed with flavor, and perfect for any taco night. So, grab your apron, and let’s get cooking!

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What you’ll need to make Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Mango Salsa

Serves: 4

  • 1 lb. (450g) shrimps, peeled & deveined
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 tbsp. shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. chipotle chili powder (or sub with chili powder mixed with a pinch of cayenne powder)
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 3⁄4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1⁄2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp. sea salt
  • 4 tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 8 corn tortillas, warmed

For the avocado & mango salsa:

  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
  • zest & juice of 1 lime
  • pinch of sea salt

Let’s dive into what makes these Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Mango Salsa so special. The shrimp, seasoned with smoky chipotle chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika, pack a punch of flavor. The creamy Greek yogurt lime sauce adds a tangy touch, perfectly balancing the heat. And the fresh avocado-mango salsa? It’s a tropical delight with juicy mango, creamy avocado, a hint of jalapeño, and a splash of lime. Wrapped in warm corn tortillas, every bite is a fiesta of flavors and textures! 🌮🍤🥑

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What you’ll need to do to make Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Mango Salsa

Let’s make cooking these Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Mango Salsa as easy as pie! Here’s how to do it:

First up, let’s prep those lovely shrimp. Give them a good pat dry with a paper towel and toss them into a big bowl. Now, add in a tablespoon of olive oil, those finely chopped shallots, and all those yummy spices – chipotle chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt. Mix everything up real nice and let it sit for about 10 minutes to soak up all those flavors.

While our shrimp is getting cozy with the spices, let’s whip up that avocado-mango salsa. Grab another bowl and toss in your diced avocado, mango, jalapeño (make sure those seeds are out!), some chopped cilantro, and the zest and juice of a lime. Mix it all up and voilà – salsa done!

Time to cook those shrimp! Heat up the other tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once it’s sizzling hot, toss in your shrimp mixture. Spread them out in a single layer and let them cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side until they turn nice and opaque. Once they’re cooked through, scoop them onto a plate.

Now, let’s whip up a quick lime sauce. Grab a small bowl and mix together some Greek yogurt, lime juice, and more of that fresh cilantro. Give it a good stir until it’s all smooth and creamy.

Ready to assemble! Grab your warm corn tortillas – they’re like little blankets for your tasty filling. Spread a bit of that lime sauce on each tortilla, then pile on those delicious chipotle shrimp. Top it all off with a generous spoonful of the avocado-mango salsa and drizzle on some more of that creamy lime sauce. If you’re feeling fancy, sprinkle on some extra cilantro.

And there you have it – Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Mango Salsa, ready to be devoured! If you’ve got any leftovers (though we doubt it!), pop them in the fridge. The shrimp will keep for a couple of days, and the sauce and salsa will stay fresh for a few more. Enjoy!

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Some possible substitution and improvisation ideas for the recipe

Here are some substitution and improvisation ideas to customize your Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Mango Salsa:

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Protein Swap: If shrimp isn’t your thing, you can easily substitute it with grilled chicken, fish (like tilapia or cod), or even tofu for a vegetarian option. Each will soak up the spices beautifully.

Spice Variations: If you don’t have chipotle chili powder, mix regular chili powder with a pinch of cayenne pepper for some heat. Smoked paprika can be replaced with regular paprika, though you’ll miss the smoky flavor – adding a drop or two of liquid smoke can compensate.

Tortilla Options: Corn tortillas are traditional, but feel free to use flour tortillas, whole wheat tortillas, or even lettuce wraps for a low-carb option.

Dairy-Free Sauce: For a dairy-free version of the lime sauce, swap Greek yogurt with a coconut yogurt or a dairy-free sour cream. You’ll get the same creaminess with a slight tropical hint from the coconut.

Extra Veggies: Add more crunch and color with extra veggies like shredded cabbage, thinly sliced radishes, or diced bell peppers. They’ll add extra nutrients and a nice texture contrast.

Fruit Swap: If mangoes aren’t available, try using pineapple or peaches in the salsa. Both offer a sweet and tangy flavor that pairs wonderfully with the shrimp.

Herb Alternatives: If you’re not a cilantro fan, substitute with fresh parsley or basil for a different but still vibrant herbal note.

Avocado Alternatives: If avocados are too expensive or hard to find, try using a creamy element like a simple guacamole or even a dollop of sour cream as a topping.

Heat Adjustment: If you prefer milder tacos, skip the jalapeño in the salsa and reduce the chipotle chili powder. For more heat, add extra jalapeño seeds or a dash of hot sauce.

Cheese Addition: For a richer taco, sprinkle some crumbled queso fresco, feta, or shredded cheddar cheese on top.

Feel free to mix and match these ideas to suit your taste and what you have on hand. Enjoy your culinary adventure!

Some useful tips for the recipe

Here are some useful tips to help you make the most of your Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Mango Salsa:

Prep Ahead: Save time by prepping the salsa and lime sauce ahead of time. Both can be stored in the fridge for up to a day, letting the flavors meld together beautifully.

Shrimp Tips: Make sure your shrimp are thoroughly dried before seasoning. This helps them get a nice sear and prevents them from becoming too watery during cooking.

Control the Heat: Adjust the amount of chipotle chili powder and jalapeño in the salsa to control the spiciness. Remember, you can always add more heat, but you can’t take it away!

Even Cooking: When cooking the shrimp, ensure they’re in a single layer in the skillet. This helps them cook evenly and get that perfect sear.

Perfect Tortillas: Warm your tortillas on a dry skillet or directly over a gas flame for a few seconds on each side. This makes them pliable and brings out their flavor.

Ripe Avocado and Mango: Use ripe but firm avocados and mangoes for the salsa. Overripe fruits can become mushy and affect the texture of the salsa.

Balancing Flavors: Taste the salsa and lime sauce before serving. Adjust the lime juice, salt, or cilantro to balance the flavors to your liking.

Fresh Lime Juice: Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor. Bottled lime juice can be too acidic and lack the vibrant citrus flavor you get from fresh limes.

Customize Your Tacos: Let everyone assemble their own tacos. Lay out all the components buffet-style and let your guests choose their favorite toppings and amounts.

Storage: If you have leftovers, store the shrimp, salsa, and lime sauce separately in airtight containers in the fridge. This keeps everything fresh and prevents the tortillas from getting soggy.

These tips will help you create delicious, flavorful tacos that are sure to impress! Enjoy cooking and eating your tasty creation!

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Some serving suggestions

Here are some great serving suggestions to complement your Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Mango Salsa:

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Side Dishes:

  • Mexican Street Corn: Grilled corn on the cob slathered with mayo, sprinkled with cotija cheese, chili powder, and a squeeze of lime.
  • Black Bean Salad: A refreshing salad with black beans, corn, red bell peppers, red onions, cilantro, and a lime vinaigrette.
  • Spanish Rice: Fluffy rice cooked with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and a touch of cumin for a flavorful side.
  • Refried Beans: Creamy refried beans topped with a sprinkle of cheese and fresh cilantro.

Toppings:

  • Fresh Lime Wedges: For an extra burst of freshness and to add a tangy kick to your tacos.
  • Extra Salsa: Provide additional salsa options like pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, or a hot salsa for those who like more heat.
  • Cheese: Crumbled queso fresco or shredded cheddar cheese for a creamy, salty addition.
  • Pickled Onions: Quick-pickled red onions add a tangy and slightly sweet crunch.

Drinks:

  • Margaritas: Classic lime margaritas, or try a mango or jalapeño margarita for a twist.
  • Agua Fresca: Refreshing fruit-based drinks like watermelon, hibiscus, or pineapple agua fresca.
  • Mexican Beer: A cold Corona, Modelo, or Pacifico with a lime wedge is always a good choice.

Desserts:

  • Churros: Warm, cinnamon-sugar-coated churros served with a side of chocolate or caramel dipping sauce.
  • Tres Leches Cake: A moist and creamy cake soaked in three kinds of milk and topped with whipped cream.
  • Flan: A rich and creamy caramel custard that melts in your mouth.

Presentation:

  • Taco Bar Setup: Arrange all the taco components buffet-style so everyone can build their own tacos to their liking.
  • Garnish with Fresh Herbs: Garnish your serving platter with extra cilantro and lime wedges for a fresh and vibrant look.
  • Colorful Serving Dishes: Use colorful, festive plates and bowls to enhance the visual appeal and make the meal feel like a fiesta.

These serving suggestions will help you create a complete and satisfying meal that pairs perfectly with your delicious Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Mango Salsa! Enjoy!

Some storage suggestions

Here are some practical storage suggestions to keep your Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Mango Salsa fresh and delicious:

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Storing Cooked Shrimp:

  • Refrigeration: Store any leftover cooked shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They’ll stay fresh for up to 2 days.
  • Freezing: If you want to keep the shrimp longer, freeze them. Place the shrimp in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze them quickly, then transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be stored for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating.

Storing Avocado-Mango Salsa:

  • Refrigeration: The salsa is best when fresh, but you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To prevent the avocado from browning, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the salsa before sealing the container.

Storing Lime Sauce:

  • Refrigeration: Keep the lime sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to 3 days. Give it a good stir before using it again.

Storing Tortillas:

  • Room Temperature: If you have extra tortillas that haven’t been used, you can store them at room temperature in their original packaging or in a resealable plastic bag for up to a week.
  • Refrigeration: For longer storage, keep tortillas in the fridge. They’ll stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.
  • Freezing: Tortillas can also be frozen. Place a piece of parchment paper between each tortilla to prevent sticking, then store in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature or in the microwave before using.

Reheating Tips:

  • Shrimp: Reheat shrimp in a skillet over medium heat for a few minutes until warmed through. Avoid microwaving, as it can make them rubbery.
  • Tortillas: Warm tortillas on a dry skillet or directly over a gas flame for a few seconds on each side to restore their pliability and flavor.
  • Salsa and Sauce: Both the salsa and sauce are best served cold or at room temperature, so no reheating is necessary.

By following these storage tips, you’ll ensure that your leftovers stay as tasty and fresh as possible, ready for another delicious taco night!

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And there you have it, folks – Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Mango Salsa ready to rock your taste buds! 🌟 Whether you’re making these for a family dinner, a fun gathering with friends, or just a tasty weeknight meal, they’re sure to impress. Don’t forget to share your taco creations and tag me – I’d love to see how yours turn out! Until next time, happy cooking and even happier eating! 🌮🥑🍤

Glycemic Index: 51 (low) Glycemic Load: 29 (high)

Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with Avocado-Mango Salsa

Get ready for a taste sensation with my Chipotle Shrimp Tacos! 🌶️🍤 Sizzle up juicy shrimp coated in chipotle goodness, then pile them high on warm tortillas with zesty lime sauce and tangy avocado-mango salsa! 🥑🌮 Quick, easy, and bursting with flavor! 😋

Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 5 mins Total Time 25 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 4 Estimated Cost: 20 Calories: 408

Ingredients

For the avocado and mango salsa

Instructions

  1. Step 1:

    Pat the shrimp dry with a paper towel and place into a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, shallots, chipotle chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder and salt. Mix well to combine and set aside to stand for 10 minutes.

  1. Step 2:

    Place all the ingredients for the salsa into a medium bowl and stir to combine.

  2. Step 3:

    Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the shrimp mixture and arrange in a single layer. Cook the shrimps for 2-3 minutes on each side until they become opaque. Transfer to a plate.

  3. Step 4:

    Prepare the lime sauce by combining the Greek yogurt, lime juice and cilantro in a small bowl, and mix well.

  4. Step 5:

    To assemble the tacos, spread a light layer of lime sauce on each warm tortilla, top with chipotle shrimp, and spoon over the salsa. Finish with addition sauce and cilantro, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 4


Amount Per Serving
Calories 470kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14.61g23%
Sodium 367.68mg16%
Total Carbohydrate 56.61g19%
Dietary Fiber 5.44g22%
Sugars 9.73g
Protein 30.75g62%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use frozen shrimp?

Absolutely! Just make sure to thaw the shrimp completely before cooking. You can thaw them overnight in the fridge or under cold running water for about 10-15 minutes.

What if I don't have chipotle chili powder?

No worries! You can substitute with regular chili powder mixed with a pinch of cayenne pepper for some heat. Alternatively, you can use smoked paprika for a smoky flavor

How do I prevent the avocado from browning in the salsa?

To keep the avocado from browning, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the salsa before sealing it in an airtight container. Adding extra lime juice can also help slow down the browning process.

Can I make this recipe dairy-free?

Yes! You can substitute the Greek yogurt with a dairy-free alternative like coconut yogurt or a dairy-free sour cream.

What other fruits can I use if I don't have mango?

Pineapple or peaches are great alternatives to mango. They both offer a sweet and tangy flavor that pairs wonderfully with the shrimp.

Can I make the salsa and sauce ahead of time?

Yes, both the salsa and lime sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. The salsa will stay fresh for up to 2 days, and the lime sauce for up to 3 days.

How do I warm the tortillas?

You can warm the tortillas on a dry skillet over medium heat for a few seconds on each side. Alternatively, you can heat them directly over a gas flame for a few seconds until they are pliable and slightly charred.

What can I use instead of corn tortillas?

If you prefer, you can use flour tortillas, whole wheat tortillas, or even lettuce wraps for a low-carb option.

Can I grill the shrimp instead of cooking them in a skillet?

Definitely! Grilling the shrimp will add a nice smoky flavor. Just thread the shrimp onto skewers and grill over medium-high heat for about 2-3 minutes per side.

How should I store leftovers?

Store the cooked shrimp, salsa, and lime sauce in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator. The shrimp will stay fresh for up to 2 days, and the salsa and lime sauce for up to 3 days. Tortillas can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge.

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