One of my favorite foods is tacos (I mean, who doesn’t like tacos?), but a nearby Mexican restaurant serves some of the best classic Tacos Mexicanos I’ve ever tasted, prompting me to try my own version at home. Traditional Tacos Mexicanos are made by filling a small corn tortilla with meat, vegetables and spices. It’s a popular street food, with the most common fillings being grilled beef (carne asada), grilled chicken (pollo asado), shredded pork (carnitas), and slow-cooked beef or lamb (barbacoa). But in this version, we are lightening it up a bit and swapping in shrimp!
Making these at home is like throwing your own mini-fiesta, so why not pair them with a Modelo or Corona as well? And the best thing about this recipe is that there’s tons of room to adapt it based on your preferences. It’s great for a family with picky eaters, allowing everyone to top their tacos with whatever they like best. If you’re not a shrimp fan, you can easily swap the shrimp for your favorite protein option like chicken, pork or go for a veggie option and use black beans. These tacos come together in just 20 minutes, so they are perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. And if you don’t finish everything, you can simply pop the toppings into the fridge and have leftovers for lunch the next day, helping reduce your food waste.
How do I store shrimp tacos Mexicanos?
For the shrimp, ensure they are fully cooled before storing and place them in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Tortillas should be wrapped in a clean kitchen towel to prevent them from drying out, and toppings should all be stored in separate airtight containers in the fridge.
What can I serve with shrimp tacos Mexicanos?
These tacos can be served with Mexican rice, refried beans, pico de gallo, or guacamole.
What do I do if my shrimp are rubbery?
Don't overcook them! Shrimp cook very fast, so 2-3 minutes per side over medium heat is the golden rule.
Can I use flour tortillas for shrimp tacos Mexicanos?
While corn tortillas are traditional, flour tortillas will still do the trick. Warm them up in a dry pan or skillet until soft and pliable.
Can I make this recipe plant-based?
You can easily make this recipe plant-based by using chopped bell peppers, shredded carrots, and black beans add color and texture.