Chipotle Lime Shrimp Soft Tacos

I have made this shrimp recipe countless times, but have never posted it to my blog. This is not because I am trying to keep the deliciousness from you guys, but because it’s so damn tasty, we never have any left to photograph.

Shrimp is one of my favorite foods; honestly, I would choose it over a steak any day of the week. I particularly love them grilled and have tried countless marinades, but this particular one is a definite stand out!

I love to serve these perfectly grilled shrimp with an array of grilled vegetables and brown rice, but it also pairs perfectly with my Corn and Black Bean Salsa. I first posted about the salsa last summer and almost a year later, it remains one of the most popular posts on My Baking Addiction. It is super easy, but it is without a doubt one of my favorite dishes ever. The beauty of this Corn and Black Bean Salsa is that it pairs perfectly with many proteins and can be adapted to suite your personal taste. For instance, I hate fresh tomatoes…I mean I loathe those suckers, the smell makes me gag and I get skeeved out if those nasty little seeds are anywhere near my food. This is why when dining at restaurants I claim to be allergic, that way I know they won’t simply pluck those little those bits of nastiness off my food and serve it to me. However, people have emailed me to let me know salsa is fantastic with fresh tomatoes; however, I am not willing to test their claim!

Back to the shrimp tacos. This recipe is super easy and only requires a handful of ingredients, but the flavor payoff is seriously amazing. It beats any bottled marinade I have ever tried (yes, I actually use the bottled stuff from time to time). For this meal, I simply warmed some flour tortillas and placed a bed of corn and black bean salsa on the tortilla, followed by 5-6 shrimp and served with rice and freshly made limeade. Amazing and the perfect quick dinner for a warm spring evening.

Chipotle Lime Grilled Shrimp with Corn & Black Bean Salsa


For the Tacos

1 chipotle chili in adobo; chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 lime (juice and zest)
2 tablespoons cilantro; chopped
1 pound shrimp; peeled and deveined

For the Corn & Black Bean Salsa

3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon Za’atar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can sweet corn, drained
1 red pepper; diced
1 jalapeno; seeded and diced
2 green onion sliced


For the Tacos

1. Mix the chipotle, olive oil, cumin, brown sugar, lime zest, lime juice and cilantro in a bowl and and let marinate for 20 minutes.

2. Skewer the shrimp.

3. Oil up the grill and grill the shrimp until cooked, about 2-3 minutes per side.

For the Corn & Black Bean Salsa

1. In a small bowl, mix together balsamic vinegar, oil, salt, sugar, black pepper, cumin, and Za’atar.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together black beans, red pepper, jalapeno, green onions and corn. Toss with vinegar and oil dressing, and garnish with cilantro. Cover, and refrigerate.

adapted from Closet Cooking


54 Responses to “Chipotle Lime Shrimp Soft Tacos”

  1. Sara — April 26, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Yum! Love these Shrimp Chipotle Lime Tacos…love the Za’taar in the black bean and corn salsa!!!


  2. Jenna / Eat Drink Pretty — April 26, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    These look great! Nice photos…I’m hungry again and I just ate dinner!


  3. Maria — April 26, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Once again your photos are amazing! Great dinner-especially for the summer time!


  4. Maggy @ Three Many Cooks — April 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    These look delicious! I’ll be making these for dinner one day this week. Thanks for the awesome recipe. YUM!


  5. Nicole — April 27, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Couldn’t find the recipe for Corn and Black Bean Salad. Was is supposed to say “salsa”? If there is indeed a salad, can you link the recipe to this post? I’d love to try it…along with these tacos of course! Yum!


    • Jamie — April 27, 2010 at 6:08 am

      If you look in the gray box of this post where the printable recipe is, the recipe is all ready for you to print out. I modified this version slightly from my original recipe. I accidently typed the word salad in the body of the text instead of salsa, but thanks to you, it’s fixed. Thanks!

    • Nicole — May 2, 2010 at 11:49 pm

      Ha ha! Didn’t mean to be annoying…just wanted the recipe! Can’t wait to make these!

  6. Katie — April 27, 2010 at 2:49 am

    They look yummy and so fresh and colourful. I love little things like this that you can pick up and eat. Yum


  7. Jessica @ How Sweet — April 27, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Those look so fresh. I love lime anything. I want these for dinner!


  8. Katrina — April 27, 2010 at 7:32 am

    These look so scrumptious. Oh how I love lime.


  9. A Bowl Of Mush — April 27, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Wow this looks delicious! Lovely taco idea, I really must try this!



  10. Brooke @ Baking with Basil — April 27, 2010 at 9:38 am

    These look amazing!! I love anything with lime and a bit of spice! I can’t wait to try these out….maybe this weekend!


  11. My Kitchen in the Rockies — April 27, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Jamie, this will definitely go in my recipe box. We love lime and shrimp. The pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


  12. Jen @ How To: Simplify — April 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Wow, these look delicious! What a fresh and tasty dish!


  13. shelly (cookies and cups) — April 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    These look great, and pretty easy too! Making these this week!


  14. Barbara @ VinoLuciStyle — April 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Mouth watering goodness; now that warmer weather is creeping (very slowly) into Colorado, my grill is used everyday so side dishes are important. I make a wonderful corn salsa too but it uses fresh corn so I’m going to have to try this since fresh corn season is relatively short here.


    • Jamie — April 27, 2010 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Barb! This recipe is awesome with fresh corn, we make it that way in the summer months. I would love to try your recipe!

  15. allison — April 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I guess I’m a true follwer of this blog because as soon as I saw this I remembered seeing it before…it’s a recipe I’d never forget! You actually posted it in Aug. I believe…but it’s a good one – worth repeating!


    • Jamie — April 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm

      Hey! Thanks for stopping by and for commenting! It’s a very similar recipe as before; however, the recipe from last August actually uses a bottled marinade and this one uses a homemade marinade. In my opinion, this new version is much better than the previous! PLUS it’s fresh!

      Thanks for being so dedicated! ;)

    • allison — April 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm

      I see! I’ll give this one a try…I always love your recipes & my husband is a huge chipotle fan…so it’s sure to be a winner too!

  16. Emily — April 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    These sound so similar to the shrimp tacos we enjoyed during our honeymoon in Mexico. I can’t wait to make them at home. Thanks for sharing!


    • Jamie — April 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm


      Glad this recipe brought back memories of your honeymoon. Definitely let me know if you make them and how they turn out!


  17. Krissipoo — April 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    LoL! I suddenly don’t feel so bad for claiming I’m allergic to mayo. Making these tacos this weekend for sure!


  18. Nadia — April 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I am in need of a taco fix, badly! These look delicious. I love the salsa.


  19. Daphne — April 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    These look and sound so yummy! Could you tell me what Za’atar is? I have never heard of it.


    • Jamie — April 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm

      Za’atar is a popular spice blend from the Middle East, here is a link.
      If you can’t get your hands on it, just omit it from the recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    • Barbara| VinoLuciStyle — October 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm

      The first place I had ever seen Za’atar is at my favorite local restaurant where they mix it with balsamic and olive oil for a dipping sauce. Not that easy to find, I also get mine online…but we love it!

  20. rita — April 27, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Made these tonight and they were so good! Thx for the inspiration!


    • Jamie — April 28, 2010 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks for coming back and leaving a comment! Glad you liked them!

  21. Kristen — April 27, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Oh Jamie – this looks so delicious. That picture is magazine quality!


  22. Nick — April 28, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Wow those skewers look so good I want to go out and bbq some myself right now…..too bad its 2am. Wouldn’t have ever thought of shrimp in tacos, great Idea!


  23. Emily — April 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Oh I love shrimp tacos! These looks good!


  24. Cherine — April 29, 2010 at 2:40 am

    This dish looks fantastic, love the addition of za’atar to the black beans! Great recipe and great shots! :)


  25. Evan — April 29, 2010 at 8:55 am

    These look delicious! I have some shrimp in my freezer who are going to love this recipe :)


  26. Deelish Dish — April 29, 2010 at 11:44 am

    We had Mexican the other night but I’m contemplating back-to-back after these photos. Drool! With extra lime please!


  27. Esi — April 30, 2010 at 1:29 am

    I’ve made this shrimp before too! I love that you put it in tacos that look amazing!!


  28. sandra — April 30, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Snack is my favorite. I always could not withstand the temptation of delicious food.


  29. Kerstin — May 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I love shrimp too and these look so tasty!


  30. wlothridge — May 11, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Queen, you should start mentioning your father more!


  31. Lala — May 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    As a bride to be this sounds absolutely fantastic now that I’m counting calories. I reposted this on my blog ( not that I’m plugging it or anything I just wanted to let you know that I had done so. I can’t wait for this weekend so that I can try out this recipe and chance it all down with a Skinny Girl Margarita!


  32. Courtney — June 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Oh my.. I don’t think the shrimp would make it to the taco. Looks yummy!! :)


  33. joudie's Mood Food — June 12, 2010 at 5:12 am

    This looks incrdible. So juicy and full of flavour. I love prawns and this looks like a dish i would love.


  34. Zoe — July 30, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Yay for latin inspired dishes!! And grilled…and seafood…and…well, can’t wait to make these this weekend! Thanks!


  35. SouffleBombay — August 20, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I love it! I am a fool for shrimp…my #1 favorite. Beautiful picture and sounds like a wonderful dish. Thanks for sharing!


  36. Kamagra — January 31, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Wow this tacos look so delicious that I’m getting really hungry now. What a great post. Thanks for sharing.


  37. Shawn — July 2, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    This may not be the typical July 4th fare, but my family and I just enjoyed the most delicious taco and salsa!! A definite repeat in this house ~ thank you


  38. Aejin H — August 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    What’s that pretty colored rice that is also in the picture? Is there a recipe available? :)


  39. Pattie — December 31, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Wow– looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!


  40. Jenni — June 10, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    This was FANTASTIC! I cooked it in a griddle pan on the stove instead of on the grill and served over rice. Absolutely delicious! I could eat that salsa all day long. Thanks for a wonderful recipe!


    • Jamie — June 12, 2012 at 11:22 am

      So glad to hear that you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and give us your review!

  41. Aya B. — August 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Looks very delicious
    am sure it tastes as good as the pictures are


  42. Van N. — September 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    This was surprisingly good!!! it was just my husband and I so we had alot of salsa left. it was great as a dip for chips.


  43. Vita @ Juicer Depot — December 8, 2012 at 2:14 am

    I have to pin this one for sure. Looks super easy and delish!



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