Baja Shrimp Tacos

Baja Style Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Lime Crema

The key to these scrumptious tacos is the mega-flavorful chipotle sauce, which is nothing more than yogurt, light mayo, and chipotle pepper. Paired with griddled shrimp and a nutritious, crunchy slaw on warm corn tortillas? What’s not to love. Feel free to sub in your favorite grilled fish for the shrimp if the mood strikes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 tacos, 4 servings
Calories 186 kcal
Author katiemorford


  • 3 tablespoons lowfat yogurt
  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • ½ chipotle pepper en adobo, minced into a puree*
  • 1 pound medium peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 2 limes, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ medium green cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 medium carrots, coarsely grated
  • ¾ cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • Large pinch kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 corn tortillas


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, mayonnaise, and chipotle pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss together the shrimp, juice of 1 lime, and the chili powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the shredded cabbage, carrots, cilantro, the juice of the remaining lime, and the salt. Toss well.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high. Lay the shrimp in the pan and cook on one side until lightly brown, a minute or 2. Turn them over and cook on the second side until done, another minute or 2. The shrimp are done when they turn pinkish and opaque in color.
  5. Warm the tortillas using your preferred method.
  6. To assemble, spread a few teaspoons of the chipotle mayo along the center of a warmed corn tortilla. Lay 3 or 4 shrimp across the mayo. Top with a generous spoonful of the cabbage slaw. Serve additional slaw as a side salad.

Recipe Notes

Chipotle peppers en adobo are sold in small cans in the Mexican food section of most supermarkets. One-half of a minced chipotle pepper measures about half of a tablespoon.