These Tequila Lime Baja Shrimp Tacos are one of our fav meals! So I had to share our recipe with you here. One of the best things about hanging out in Baja is the abundance of delicious fresh fish and shrimp tacos. Typically they’re made with fresh corn tortillas and local ingredients. You can use tomatoes, avocados, cabbage, cilantro, garlic, limes, and fresh-caught fish or shrimp.
Try these Tequilla Lime Baja Shrimp Tacos to add a little Baja sunshine to your meal.
Buy wild-caught fresh or frozen shrimp
Be sure to look for wild-caught fresh or frozen shrimp from Mexico, the Gulf Coast US, or the Florida Keys. Frozen cultivated shrimp are farmed in Southeast Asia or Mazatlan, Mexico. Farmed shrimp harder on the planet. And we have seen many shrimp farms visiting Thailand and Mexico. Sadly, shrimp farms are typically found in very polluted water, often even in sewage effluent. No bueno!
Tequila Lime Baja Shrimp Tacos
- 1 lb wild-caught shrimp peeled and deveined
- 2 oz lime juice divided in half
- 2 oz tequila
- 2 tbsp organic olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves crushed
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro garnish
- 12 fresh corn tortillas, warmed
- 2 cups shredded cabbage, (purple is pretty!)
- 1 large tomato, diced
- 1 avocado, diced
- 4 limes, quartered
- favorite hot sauce or salsa
- Mix together 1oz lime juice with the tequila, olive oil, garlic, and spices. Marinate the shrimp for 1+ hours. The lime and tequila will partially “cook” the shrimp.
- Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add shrimp and marinade to the pan, and cook for about 2-3 minutes, stirring and turning shrimp until well heated and thoroughly cooked.
- Remove from heat and sprinkle with the remaining 1 oz of lime juice and the chopped cilantro. Toss well
- Make DIY Baja Shrimp Tacos with warm corn tortillas, shredded cabbage, diced tomatoes, diced avocado, and a squeeze of lime. Buen provecho!
Did you know that fresh-squeezed lime juice is naturally anti-bacterial, killing all sorts of food-borne germs? So when you’re traveling, eating street tacos, or unsure about the food quality, be sure to squeeze some fresh lime juice all over your food. Your gut will thank you!
Leave a comment to let us know how you liked the tacos, or what other condiments you added in!