Southwest Shrimp Tacos Recipe – With Citrus Sour Cream Sauce

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This shrimp tacos recipe features grilled shrimp and comes together very quickly. Make the sour cream sauce first and then chill it in the refrigerator while you get all your condiments together.

The shrimp grill up pretty quick, in about 5 to 6 minutes and then you are ready to put it all together and serve.

The flavors here are really wonderful. But I think it’s that citrus sour cream sauce the brings it all together. The shrimp are a little spicy and the sour cream sauce balances it right out.

I also like to serve this shrimp tacos recipe with our cilantro lime rice but it’s not necessary. You’ll love it either way.

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Southwest Shrimp Tacos Recipe


  • 15 large raw shrimp
  • 5 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
  • 2 Tbs. Rockin Robins Taco Seasoning
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 10 (8 inch) soft taco-size flour tortillas, warmed
  • Bowl of chopped romain lettuce,
  • 2 large homegrown tomatoes, chopped
  • sliced avocado
  • Cilantro Lime Rice, optional

Citrus Sour Cream Sauce Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. red onion, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. chile powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp.salt
  • 1 Tbs. lime juice
  • 1 Tbs. fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions for Shrimp Tacos Recipe:

Start by soaking the bamboo skewers in a container of water for 20 to 30 minutes.

We will make the citrus sour cream mixture first by combining all the ingredients except the lime juice and cilantro and mix well. Add the lime juice and cilantro last and stir in.

Cover with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill.

Defrost the shrimp (if frozen) and remove the shells and devein. In a 9 x 13 inch dish combine the lime juice, taco seasoning, lemon juice, garlic and stir.

Thread shrimp onto skewers in a “C” shape and lay the shrimp in the marinade. Turn the shrimp over to coat both sides. Cover and chill for 10 minutes.

Prepare all your condiments such as chopped lettuce, tomatoes, salsa (if you like), slice avocados and whatever you would like to have.

Fire up the BBQ over medium high heat. Coat the grill by brushing olive oil over the grates. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and place carefully on the grill. Throw away the extra marinade.

Leave the lid open as these cook up fast. The last thing we want is dried out rubbery shrimp! Grill shrimp about 2 to 3 minutes per side depending on how hot your grill is.

Remove shrimp from the grill onto a clean dish.  It’s time to assemble our shrimp tacos recipe and eat!

Heat up some corn or flour tortillas.  You have several options here.

  • You can place the tortillas in a hot pan, turning over after a few seconds.
  • You can place them in a damp towel and heat in a microwave for 20 seconds.
  • You can also place them on the bbq for a few seconds.
  • Do like I do and place a whole stack in a tortilla warmer and they stay hot for 45 minutes.  Great for a crowd.

In my video I layered the shrimp tacos with cilantro lime rice, 3 shrimps, lettuce, tomatoes, sliced avocado and finish off with the sour cream sauce.

Oh my is this good!


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