Simple Grilled Chili Shrimp Tacos

Simple Grilled Chili Shrimp Soft Tacos

Last updated on February 23, 2019 by Liza Hawkins

I’ve mentioned my love of frozen raw shrimp before. Purchase them on sale (usually buy one/get one), use what you need, keep the rest frozen for a future meal!

Need dinner in less than 30 minutes? Who doesn’t.

What I love most about these simple grilled chili shrimp soft tacos is that dinner’s basically ready once the shrimp are seared – so, like, 5 minutes.

I mean, you can’t grab fast food any quicker than that! The shrimp are a little crispy around the edges, but melt in your mouth with each bite (a really hot pan can be thanked for that).

Simple Grilled Chili Shrimp Tacos

Here’s one of my go-to recipes that start with those shrimp!

Simple Grilled Chili Shrimp Soft Tacos
Yield: 2

Simple Grilled Chili Shrimp Soft Tacos

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 24 large shrimp (thawed, peeled & tails removed)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 flour tortillas
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup seasoned rice*
  • 1 14.5 ounce can refried beans, warmed
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


  • Wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil and place in oven at 325 degrees to warm while you make the rest of the meal.
  • Warm a grill pan with olive oil (or a large skillet) over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Meanwhile, sprinkle one side of the shrimp with chili powder, salt and pepper. Place the shrimp seasoned-side down in the grill pan and cook for 2 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, squirt with lemon juice, and then flip. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Build the tacos with shrimp, beans, rice, cheese, tomato, onion and sour cream. Serve hot!
  • Notes

    *Seasoned rice in our house includes parsley or cilantro, garlic salt, pepper - add while fluffing the rice after it's cooked.

    Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!

    2 Comments on “Simple Grilled Chili Shrimp Soft Tacos

    1. I ate shrimp while I was pregnant, but you hear varying degrees of caution. It’s kind of a personal decision, I suppose. The big worries with seafood are, don’t eat it raw, and watch the mercury levels. Probably not a bad idea to double-check though. Amazing how quickly the guidelines change in just a few years. 🙂

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