Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Salsa

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These shrimp tacos are perfect for a casual and fun summer dinner party or a weeknight family dinner.


1 small shallot

1 jalapeno pepper, quartered and seeded

2 garlic cloves, peeled

1 tomato, seeded and chopped

1 avocado, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, from half a lime

1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped

1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Scant 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1-1/2 pounds large or extra large shrimp, peeled and de-veined

8 – 10 six-inch corn or flour tortillas

Approximately 2 cups chopped red cabbage, for garnish (I buy it pre-chopped in a bag)

2 limes, cut into wedges, for garnish

Approximately 1 cup sour cream, for garnish


Make the Salsa: Put the shallot, jalapeno and garlic in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped (a mini food processor is best, but large will work too). Transfer mixture to medium bowl. Add chopped tomatoes, avocado, salt, lime juice and cilantro and stir to combine. Set aside. (If not using right away, place a piece of saran wrap inside the bowl and directly over salsa to prevent discoloration and refrigerate.)

Make the Shrimp: Heat grill to medium. Meanwhile, mix the olive oil, chili powder, salt, cayenne pepper and shrimp in a large bowl. Stir until shrimp are evenly coated with seasoning. Grease grill with a wad of paper towels dipped in vegetable oil or non-flammable cooking spray. Place shrimp on grill and cook until just opaque, about 1-1/2 – 2 minutes per side. Cover to keep shrimp warm.

Grill the tortillas until warm and slightly charred, about 20 seconds per side. (Alternatively, heat tortillas in microwave according to package instructions.)

Spoon avocado salsa generously over warm tortillas, then top with 3 shrimp, red cabbage and dollops of sour cream. Serve tacos with lime wedges on the side.