Shrimp Tacos with Avocado- Chimichurri Sauce

Countdown to Cinco de Mayo!  Sure, that may not mean anything to you if you live in North Dakota, Ireland, Australia or Japan.  But here in SoCal… sooooo close to Mexico, we do it up big for Cinco de Mayo!  It’s really just an excuse to make some fabulous Mexican food and chow down.  Today I’m sharing: Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Chimichurri Sauce


My family gets a little excited when I tell them we’re having any kind of seafood tacos for dinner.  Fish tacos and shrimp tacos are a pretty big deal around here.  Everyone loves them.  Fish Taco Tuesday ($1 deals) are pretty common at some of the fish taco eateries around town.  But we like to make them homemade.

I discovered this Green Pepper Tabasco Sauce on my recent trip to Avery Island, LA when I taste-tested every variety of Tabasco Sauce under the sun.  I had never had this one, so I didn’t really know what to expect.  It has some spice to it, but it is MUCH milder than their classic sauce.  It’s definitely one of my favorites now- finding it’s place in eggs, salad dressings, dips and- of course- all kinds of Mexican food.

Your typical fish taco usually includes a yogurt-based sauce.  This is no yogurt sauce!  Instead, it’s a blend of cilantro, green Tabasco, garlic, spices, a tiny bit of honey and avocado to create a chimichurri-like sauce.  It’s all these tacos need to make them delicious.  And I pinky-swear that this sauce is not super spicy.  If my 10 year old ate it without blinking, it’s definitely NOT spicy!

In many varieties of shrimp tacos, the shrimp is dipped in beer-batter and deep fried.  I opted to cook these in a skillet instead with some bell peppers and onions.  Fresh and easy.

Served alongside a simple garnish of fresh salsa and corn cut straight from the cob, these fish tacos were a big-time hit.  We drizzled plenty of that avocado chimichurri sauce in the tacos and added a little bit of lettuce too.  They really didn’t need anything else!

Best shrimp tacos ever!  And you get to avoid the deep frying too.  Happy Cinco de Mayo… or Mexican-Food-Eating-Day or whatever you might be celebrating on May 5th 🙂

Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Chimichurri Sauce

Yield: 8 tacos

Prep Time:30 min

Cook Time:8 min

Ingredients:

CHIMICHURRI SAUCE:
1 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro (packed lightly)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 medium avocado, pitted and peeled

TACOS:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
1 small onion, cut into thin strips
1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails pulled off)
salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups chopped lettuce
8 taco-sized flour or corn tortillas, heated according to package directions

Directions:

1. Prepare the sauce: Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Scrape the sauce into a small bowl and set aside until ready to serve.

2. Prepare the tacos: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, bell peppers and onion, and stir fry until slightly softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the shrimp, and continue to stir fry until the shrimp are pink and curled up (cooked through), 4 to 5 additional minutes. Sprinkle in salt and pepper, to taste. Remove the skillet from heat.

3. Assemble the tacos: Fill each tortilla with shrimp, peppers and onions + 1/4 cup lettuce + a generous spoonful of the chimichurri sauce.

Tips:

*If you are preparing this recipe as gluten-free, just be sure to use a brand of corn tortillas that are known to be GF.

Source: RecipeGirl.com

*Disclosure:  I was compensated by Tabasco to create a recipe using one of their fabulous sauces.  All opinions shared are my own.

Here are some more varieties of seafood tacos on some of my favorite blogs: 
Baja- Style Tempura Fish Tacos by Leite’s Culinaria
Lettuce Wrap Fish Tacos with Spicy Cabbage Slaw and Avocado by Kalyn’s Kitchen 
Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa and Cilantro Lime Sauce by Love and Olive Oil 
Shrimp Tacos with Grilled Poblano Salsa by Two Peas and Their Pod 
Shrimp Tacos by The Pioneer Woman 
Chipotle Salmon Tacos by Aggie’s Kitchen 
Grilled Tilapia Tacos with Pineapple Salsa by No Fear Entertaining 
Broiled Fish Tacos by RecipeGirl 
Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Baja Sauce by RecipeGirl 

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  • Jodie B. wrote:

    This recipe was fabulous – The Chimichurri Sauce was finger licking good. I’ll definitely be committing the recipe to memory!

  • Jodie wrote:

    This recipe was fabulous – The Chimichurri Sauce was finger licking good and I’ll definitely be committing the recipe to memory!

  • The Healthy Apple wrote:

    I wish I read this post 3 hours ago so that I could have made these for dinner tonight but now I am going to make them tomorrow. These look AMAZING, Lori! I am so excited to meet you in Seattle in a few weeks.
    Lovin’ these tacos and looking forward to diving into them tomorrow- I’m a huge shrimp fan.
    Have a great night!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I look forward to meeting you too!

  • Veronica wrote:

    Thanks for the great recipe. I didn’t make the tacos, but I made the chimichurri sauce and it was delicious! We spread it on tostada shells before putting the other toppings on. Loved it!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yum! Great idea!

  • Phon (Must Eat Now) wrote:

    Wow. I already know without trying it that this is gonna be a hit! I’m excited to try that Tabasco sauce, too.

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist wrote:

    WOW Lori!! I don’t think this could be any more perfect. I’d drink that sauce.

  • Ali @ Gimme Some Oven wrote:

    So beautiful! And I love the idea of adding avocado to the chimichurri sauce – YUM! 🙂

  • Des wrote:

    These tacos look amazing! I am a huge tabasco fan but have never tried the green pepper sauce. I do like the spice of the more traditional version too but I bet this sauce adds the perfect kick to the chimchurri sauce.

  • Kristen wrote:

    Oh girl – you know how much I love your fish tacos… I bet these are incredible! Can’t wait to try them.

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious wrote:

    Yum! I love shrimp tacos but they can get so expensive when you order them in restaurants. So glad I can make them at home now. It’ll be so much cheaper and I won’t even have to skimp on the shrimp! 🙂

  • Diane {Created by Diane} wrote:

    oh my goodness these look delicious!!!

  • Jamie | My Baking Addiction wrote:

    Definitely the perfect Cinco de Mayo recipe – I’m totally going to be looking for that flavor of Tabasco – it sounds fantastic.

  • the urban baker wrote:

    Chimichurri and Shrimp in the same sentence – you have ALL of my attention! Looks like the perfect meal!

  • Lauren wrote:

    I love how colorful and beautiful this meal is!! YUM!

  • Elle wrote:

    Oh, I could definitely pig out on these. Oink! I love adding avocado to chimichurri–it makes it so velvety and creamy.

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts wrote:

    Avocado chimichurri sounds amazing! Love any excuse for Mexican food, and these tacos look delicious and healthy!

  • Extra Virgin Chef wrote:

    Hi, greetings from sunny Singapore. it’s my first visit here, and will be sure to come back for more. Cheers!

  • Jill @ Craft in a Northern Town wrote:

    This recipe looks amazing! And for the record, here in North Dakota there is a bit of Cinco de Mayo celebrating that happens. We tend to like any holiday that gives us an excuse to eat great food and drink beer. 🙂

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      That is definitely good to hear!

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers wrote:

    Great recipe! I love it and the chimichurri sauce over top is fantastic!

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective wrote:

    Oh Lori, I am crazy over shrimp tacos and even CRAZIER over chimichurri. I could literally drink the stuff!