Grilled Shrimp Tacos and Chili Lime Shrimp Taco Sauce

August 6, 2019 (Last Updated: August 13, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

This super zesty Grilled Shrimp Taco recipe is delicious and we show you how to make a wonderful creamy Chili Lime Shrimp Taco Sauce that goes with it. Combined, you are going to want to start making these grilled tacos all the time. Such a delicious shrimp taco sauce and the shrimp recipe is divine.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos on a counter and Chili Lime Shrimp Taco Sauce

Grilled Shrimp Tacos and Chili Lime Shrimp Taco Sauce Summary

I love hamburgers, hotdogs, and steaks, but sometimes I want something a little different and special. Well, today we fire up the grill to make this spectacular Mexican seafood recipe. First, we are going to put together a zesty Chili Lime Shrimp Taco sauce that you will want to use in other things. Then, we get that grill going and I will share just how easy it is to make perfectly done and simple grilled shrimp for your tacos or really for anything else.

The big bonus is that there really isn’t much cooking to be done at all! Help keep your house cool and spend a little time outdoors cooking this shrimp. The sauce is 100% cook free and the shrimp take no time at all to finish on the grill.

Chili Lime Shrimp Taco Sauce Details

This Chili Lime Shrimp taco sauce is super nummy, but I have to admit that I struggled a bit in developing it. The really tough part is that I ate so much shrimp over the past few weeks. I can just hear the world’s smallest violin playing for me now. Really though, I think I came up with a great recipe that I am excited to share with you. It has a balance of the tang of the lime, spicy pepper, and a creamy base that really brings this together into something special.

The best part? No cooking involved. Simply add all the sauce ingredients to a blender and blend! The end result is good and great for anything that needs a bit of zing.

Amount Of Chili for Shrimp Taco Sauce

Everybody has different tolerances for peppers and yours may be different than mine. I use one medium serrano pepper in this sauce, but you can use more if need be. If you want to get daring, I am sure that a habanero or even a Carolina Reaper might work ok in this, but be warned about some of these hot peppers, they can get a little ridiculous.

If you are trying this for the first time, I suggest sticking to the single serrano pepper for the best results.

We Used Cilantro

I love cilantro, but my wife does not. Surprisingly, even she said she liked this sauce! The recipe, however, would work just fine without the cilantro if you are one of the crazy people who don’t like it. 😉

How To Choose a Lime

Like anything, your ingredients matter and choosing a nice, fresh lime can make a difference between a good chili lime shrimp taco sauce and a great one. When you are at the store you want to pick limes that don’t have any odd discolorations. Some lighter spots can be ok, but stay away from brown spots. You want fruits that feel heavier for their size, as they tend to be juicier. Ideally, you are looking for a brighter, heavier lime that doesn’t have any noticeable blemishes.

Mexican Cream or Crema for Shrimp Taco Sauce

If you haven’t had Mexican Crema, you should really give it a try. It is the Mexican version of Creme Fraiche if you know what that is. Basically, it is a cream that has a consistency somewhere between heavy cream and sour cream. It should be pourable, but still thick.

Can I Use Sour Cream instead Of Crema?

I think you can, but you might need to add a little cream or milk to soften it up. The texture of Mexican Crema is a thick, pourable cream. So if you take a 1/4 Cup of sour cream and mix it well with a tablespoon of whole milk, I suspect the texture will start to approach the Mexican Crema. Your best result, however, is going to be to hop on down to your local supermarket and pick some Mexican Crema up. If we have it in all the shops in Fargo, ND, I suspect you do too.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos and Chili Lime Shrimp Taco Sauce Process Description

Grilling shrimp is simple, quick, and easy. With a few simple tips, I am going to have you making the most awesome Grilled Shrimp you can!

Four steps to create Chili Lime Shrimp Taco Sauce with Grilled shrimp

  1. Adding all ingredients to a blender in order to make Chili Lime Shrimp Taco Sauce
  2. Putting the shrimp onto a wooden skewer in preparation of grilling.
  3. Grilling the shrimp for tacos.
  4. Assembling the grilled shrimp tacos.

Buying Shrimp for Grilling

If you live in the middle of the country like me, you might have a tough time finding fresh shrimp, but that should not stop you. Check out this guide to buying shrimp at Bon Appetite. I used 16/20 Argentine Red Shrimp for mine. The “16/20” (or other numbers) are the number of shrimp you will get in a pound. So, the higher the number, the more shrimp. This size is a little on the larger on these suckers and I ended up using about 4 shrimp per taco.

I also bought them already deveined, but I shelled them prior to putting on the skewer. If you need to know how to shell and devein, check out this article.

Simple Grilled Shrimp Marinate

Really, this is so easy. All we are doing is putting our shrimp in a container with a few tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper. It does not need long and really the biggest benefit of this marinade is that while it flavors the shrimp, it also coats it in oil that helps prevent sticking to the grill.

Grilling Shrimp

Soaking Skewers for Grilled Shrimp

These little buggers really don’t need that much time on the grill, so this step really might be optional. Like we did in our chicken kebobs [LINK], we are soaking our wood skewers. The difference, in the case of shrimp, is that we only are grilling the shrimp for about 6 minutes.

How Long Do I Grill Shrimp

I get my grill up to a good 450 Farenheit. Then, for me, I grill my marinated shrimp on each side for three minutes. Of course, you should be using a meat thermometer to make sure everything is at the right temperature according to the USDA.

Grilled Shrimp Toppings

We just used some cabbage for a bit of crunch, but the sky is the limit. For me, the star of this show is the shrimp and the chili lime shrimp taco sauce is the costar. So, to allow the stars to shine, I am keeping this a minimalist taco recipe.

Flour Tortilla

For this recipe, we went ahead and bought some flour tortillas, but we do have a delicious and fun homemade flour tortilla recipe that might make this extra special.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos Recipe Shrimp Taco Sauce Tips Summary

  • Make sure to have a clean grill. Cleaning your grill helps ensure that product doesn’t stick and results in a better overall end product.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure your shrimp reach the desired temp or the 145 Farenheit that the USDA indicates as the safe minimum.
  • The integers on packets of shrimp indicate the number of shrimp per pound. For example “16/20” indicates that there are between 16 and 20 shrimp per pound.
  • Purchase deveined shrimp for sure, but deshelled can also make it easier. Mind you, the shells can add flavor to recipes.
  • We use Serrano peppers, but you could try any pepper of similar size to either get a spicier or milder heat profile. Obviously, peppers taste different, as well.

Pouring the Chili Lime Shrimp Taco Sauce on top of the Grilled Shrimp Tacos

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Grilled Shrimp Tacos and Chili Lime Shrimp Taco Sauce

Grilled Shrimp Tacos and Chili Lime Shrimp Taco Sauce

So much flavor in these little Mexican treats. The best grilled shrimp tacos and chili lime shrimp taco sauce you can imagine! Get out your grill and start today!

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 40
  • Yield: 4 tacos 1x
  • Category: Tacos
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: Mexican


For Chili Lime Shrimp Taco Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Mexican cream
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1-2 serrano pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For Shrimp Tacos

  • 1 pound 16/20 deveined and deshelled shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage


  1. Submerge 4 wood skewers in water to soak for 30 minutes
  2. Add shrimp, 2 tablespoons Olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to container and mix
  3. Put in fridge until ready to skewer
  4. Add all sauce intredients to blender and blend well
  5. Put in container and refridgerate until ready to use
  6. Skewer 4 shrimp per skewer.
  7. Preheat grill to 450
  8. Place skewers on grill for 3 minutes with the cover on over direct heat
  9. Flip and grill for three more minutes with the cover on over direct heat
  10. Remove when done and temp hits 145 degrees Farenheight
  11. On each tortilla lay 1/4 cup cabbage
  12. Add 4 shrimp to each taco
  13. Top with Chili Lime Shrimp Taco Sauce
  14. Serve


  • Serving Size: 1 taco
  • Calories: 196
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 760 mg
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 29 g
  • Cholesterol: 193 mg

Keywords: Shrimp Taco Sauce

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  • Reply
    Priya Srinivasan
    February 18, 2020 at 5:05 am

    Love how you have given each and every minute detail to get the sauce and the grill perfect!! I m totally loving that sauce, Looks gorgeous! I bet this shrimp taco would be a great party food!!!

  • Reply
    Cheese Curd In Paradise
    February 18, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    I love shrimp tacos! I can’t wait to make this recipe again. I also loved the tips on how to pick a good lime- I learned something new!

  • Reply
    February 18, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    I love grilled shrimp tacos! I gotta try that lime taco sauce! Looks divine!

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