Blackened Shrimp Tacos

Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Theo Vamvounakis

Blackened Shrimp Tacos take a Cajun spin in preparation and flavor. These tacos are so easy to put together and make a nice addition to your dinner rotation.

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 2 tacos)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 32 Minutes
Total: 32 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 287
  • Fat: 13.5g
  • Saturated fat: 2.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 6.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.4g
  • Protein: 17.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 26.7g
  • Fiber: 6.4g
  • Cholesterol: 120mg
  • Iron: 1.2mg
  • Sodium: 372mg
  • Calcium: 130mg

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise (such as Hellmann's)
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 ounces queso fresco, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup diced plum tomato
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and roughly mashed

Preparation

  1. 1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. 2. Combine paprika and next 6 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add shrimp to bag; seal and shake well to coat. Remove shrimp.
  3. 3. Heat a grill pan over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add shrimp; cook 2 minutes per side or until done.
  4. 4. Working with 1 tortilla at a time, heat tortillas over medium-high heat directly on the eye of a burner for about 15 seconds on each side or until lightly charred. Divide shrimp evenly among tortillas; divide tomato, avocado, and sauce evenly among tacos.
Note:

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